CoLab Senior Drama Workshops

Region: Metro South and West Metropolitan North Metropolitan South Regional North Regional North and West Regional South Rural North | Parramatta | Pennant Hills I Penrith I Virtual
Year 12 drama students and teachers
Local arts program Public schools Drama

The CoLab Senior Drama Workshops promote collaboration between NSW public school teachers and Year 12 drama students in preparation for their HSC drama group performance. 

CoLab workshops provide opportunities for teachers and students to bring together their diverse expertise to further develop and refine the skills needed to succeed in group performances. Students are supported to develop and refine their HSC group performance with HSC drama teachers and students from a wide variety of NSW public schools.

The group workshops also focus on building students' collaborative skills and teaching varied approaches to devising original theatrical works, a core component of the HSC Drama course.

The CoLab Senior Drama Workshop program is implemented over 2 separate days:

  • Day 1: students participate in workshops with industry drama practitioners
  • Day 2: students participate in a performance skills workshop and spend time developing, refining and rehearsing their group performance piece to present to teachers and their peers for review and feedback.

In 2023, the CoLab Senior Drama Workshop program has expanded to include workshops at Pennant Hills High School and a virtual option for regional, rural and remote schools.

2023 dates and venues

Co Lab Workshop Series A - Penrith Selective High School - 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

  • Workshop 1: Thursday 4 May 2023 (Term 2 Week 2)
  • Workshop 2: Monday 29 May 2023 (Term 2 Week 6)

Co Lab Workshop Series B - Macarthur Girls High School Parramatta - 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

  • Workshop 1: Tuesday 2 May 2023 (Term 2 Week 2)
  • ​​​Workshop 2: Tuesday 30 May 2023 (Term 2 Week 6)

Co Lab Workshop Series C - Pennant Hills High School - 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

  • Workshop 1: Wednesday 3 May 2023 (Term 2 Week 2)
  • Workshop 2: Thursday 1 June 2023 (Term 2 Week 6)

Co Lab Workshop Series D - Virtual workshops for regional, rural and remote schools - 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

  • Workshop 1: Monday 1 May 2023 (Term 2 Week 2)
  • Workshop 2: Wednesday 31 May 2023 (Term 2 Week 6)


  • $20.00 per student - students attending Parramatta, Pennant Hills or Penrith workshops
  • $12.00 per student - regional, rural and remote students participating in the virtual workshops
  • Schools will be responsible for collecting participation fees from their students.
  • Schools will be automatically direct debited for their participation in CoLab.

How to apply

Applications for the  CoLab Senior Drama Workshops are now open!

Teachers, to apply:

To be considered for the workshops and gain maximum benefit from the program:

  • schools must commit to attending both workshop days.
  • a teacher is required to accompany the group/s of Year 12 drama students attending the workshops.


Anthony Vassallo
Luke Wallace
Arts Coordination Officer
0448 262 659


Macarthur Girls High School
1-19 Macarthur Street
Parramatta NSW 2150

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Pennant Hills High School
43 Laurence Street
Pennant Hills NSW 2120

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Penrith Selective High School
158-240 High Street
Penrith NSW 2750

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