Hunter Drama Festival

Region: Regional North | Newcastle
Kindergarten to Year 11
Local arts program Drama

The Hunter Drama Festival is an opportunity for Hunter/Newcastle/Lake Macquarie/Port Stephens public schools to showcase selected drama items in a professional theatre. 

The festival will provide opportunities for students to build knowledge, skills and understanding of performing and appreciating in drama, by creating a journey of excellence for students not only at school level, but beyond. This festival promotes the excellence of the arts and build connections with communities from the Hunter, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens. 

2024 dates

Tuesday 6 August - Thursday 8 August (Term 3 Week 3)

  • 9 am to 5 pm (Technical and dress rehearsals)
  • 6 pm (Performance) 

The allocation of each performance will be determined by the schools involved. The intention is to have a separate primary performance and secondary performance across each night. 


  • $10 per person
  • Tickets will be available from early Term 3 via the HSPA webpage and Trybooking.
  • Please encourage your school community to support your students at this performance. 

How to apply

Registrations are now open!

The festival is focusing on the process and the performance. We are gathering registered entries to put the performances together. You are not required to have a performance ready prior to this registration. Your intention to participate is all that is required and then we will meet with you to gather further information about how we can provide support to you and your students throughout the development process throughout Term 2.  

  • Schools from across the region are invited to be part of the Hunter Drama Festival by simply completing the online registration form to advise us that you are intending to participate.
  • Please complete the 2024 online HDF registration form.

Once entries have been received, we will plan an online Teams meeting late Term 1 to discuss the development of your piece and how support will be allocated to you and your students.

Further information

If you have any questions please make contact with Heather Ross or Karen O'Neill.


Hunter Primary Drama Festival 2022 collage



Heather Ross
Arts Coordination Officer
0448 556 818
Karen O'Neill
02 4952 3297


Hunter Theatre
Cameron Street
Broadmeadow NSW 2292

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All Arts Unit programs are inclusive. If support is required to participate in the Hunter Drama Festival, please email so that we can assist.