NSW Public Schools Drama Ensembles - application form

Applications are now open.

Applications close on Friday 10 February 2023

  • Students in Years 9, 10 and 11 can attend a live audition workshop from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm or 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Sunday 19 February 2023.

    ​​​​The NSW Public Schools Drama Ensembles develop high potential and gifted students in drama. Ensemble tutors are drawn from Arts Unit experts and industry professionals.

    Students perform in events such as the State Drama Festival, and potentially the Schools Spectacular.

    • Senior Drama Ensembles - Years 10 and 11.
    • Junior Drama Ensembles - Years 7 to 9.
    • Primary Drama Ensembles - Years 5 and 6.

    The Senior, Junior and Primary Drama Ensembles rehearse on Wednesday afternoons and occasional Sundays at The Arts Unit in Lewisham during school terms.

    Program commencement dates

    • Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 Ensembles - Wednesday 8 March 2023
    • Year 5, Year 6, Year 7 and Year 8 Ensembles - Wednesday 19 July 2023. Applications will open in Term 1, 2023.

    Application process 

    1. Complete the webform application below and include your parent consent.
    2. Your school principal will receive an email once you submit this application and be asked to endorse your inclusion, if successful, in the State Drama Ensemble program. 
    3. Attend the live audition on Sunday 19 February 2023 at the time you have chosen. No preparation is required.

        Audition requirements

        • Auditions will be in a workshop format of warm-up, movement and improvisation skills
        • All students are to wear comfortable clothing and bring a bottle of water.

          Audition date and times

          Sunday 19 February 2023

          • Years 9, 10 and 11 – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm or 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

          Audition venue

          • The Arts Unit, Lewisham

          Audition resources

            What happens next

            • Live auditions will be held for Year 9 to 11 students on Sunday 19 February 2023.
            • Parents/students will be emailed after this date the outcome of the audition.


            • The annual membership fee for each drama ensemble in 2023 is $385, including GST.

            Contact details

            Should you have any queries, please contact us at drama.artsunit@det.nsw.edu.au


            Student details

            Student name
            Only required for students in Years 9, 10 and 11.

            Parent / Guardian details

            Parent / Guardian name

            Drama experience

            Please provide a brief summary of your previous drama experience, including school groups, performances, workshops etc.

            Audition information

            All applicants will audition at their chosen time for the Drama Ensembles in 2023.
            Sunday 19 February 10 am to 12 pm
            Sunday 19 February 2 pm to 4 pm
            Does the student suffer from any medical condition that requires a medical plan?
            This may include asthma, anaphylaxis, allergies or any other medical conditions.
            If the student has a medical action plan for any reason, including asthma, anaphylaxis or allergies you are required to supply this plan by uploading or via email to drama.artsunit@det.nsw.edu.au.
            One file only.
            128 MB limit.
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            Student background information

            Are you of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin?
            Is a language other than English spoken at home?
            Is support required for the student due to a disability?
            If yes, please select from this list.
            Are any educational modifications required to meet learning needs?
            Please indicate if the student has any of the following medical conditions.
            Are any other special provisions required?

            Parent / Guardian permissions

            Please sign above