State Drama Festival

Drama FestivalThe NSW Public Schools State Drama Festival celebrates classroom drama achievements of students in Years K-12.This event is a two day celebration of Drama works showcasing strong Drama outcomes in classrooms from across the state. Over 600 students participate in a range of dramatic styles.The auditions are held throughout the state as part of Area Drama Festivals.  A selection of items from these Festivals are chosen to perform.

Booking Tickets
Tickets will go on sale in September 2017
For tickets please contact the Seymour Centre Box Office directly on 9351 7940 or on the following link

Teachers Pack
Successful nominated schools will need to download the Teachers Pack and return by Monday 4 September 2017

School Participation Fee
A participation fee of $100 per school will be direct debited to schools after the State Drama Festival.

Drama Workshops
Workshops are offered for primary and secondary students who are part of the matinee audience.
- Please click on the links for more information on our workshops and to download the Schools Booking Form
- For individual student registration please contact The Arts Unit

11.00am Matinee and 7.30pm Evening Performances
Thursday 26 and Friday 27 October 2017

Everest Theatre in the Seymour Centre, corner of Cleveland Street & City Road, Chippendale

How to be Involved
Application are now CLOSED
Please read the Nomination Guidelines for Festival. If you want to be considered, please send in this form to Nominate your School or to be part of the Audition Panel or the Production Team.

Rural & Remote Subsidy
As part of The Arts Unit's support of the Department of Education's Rural and Remote Education blueprint for action, we are excited to be able to offer a Participation Subsidy to schools from rural and remote schools to attend the State Drama Festival. Please note: If interest exceeds available funds, allocation of the Participation Subsidy will be prioritised based on remoteness. Subsidies will be confirmed with acceptance notification.

Risk Assessments and Procedures
State Drama Festival 2017 Risk Assessment; Seymour Centre Evacuation Procedure; Seymour Centre Emergency Evacuation Procedure for FOH 2011; Safety Alert 35 Anaphylaxis Safety Alert.

Further Information

Further enquiries relating to the State Drama Festival should be directed to Jane Simmons or phone 8512 1175.
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"As a principal I am very proud to have had a student involved in this event. The skills that she has developed will hold her in good stead towards a career in drama, which is what she is seeking"  Nicole Hunt, Principal, Nyngan High School.

"I watched the matinee today so I could see my daughter's performance and I wanted to tell you how much I LOVED your piece!!! It made me laugh so much- until the end that is. Then I cried. Well done to you and those excellent actors (gee they were amazing)." Paula Bonett, Parent.

"What a wonderful night our family had at the Seymour Centre last Friday! We attended as a family and everyone was engaged from the 10 year old to the 75 year old. The quality of all the items was fantastic and so many of the pieces were really thought provoking. the writing and acting were superb" Nicole Hayward, Parent.