Arts Alive Drama Festival

Region: Metropolitan North | Chatswood
Kindergarten to Year 12
Local arts program Public schools Drama

The Arts Alive Drama Festival provides the opportunity for public schools across Metropolitan North to showcase drama works created in schools by students and staff from Kindergarten to Year 12.

Students will benefit from an excellent performance venue and be enthused through interaction with other drama students. It provides teachers with a platform to promote the arts as a vital part of the school curriculum.

Improvisation, movement, mime, storytelling, readers’ theatre, puppetry, mask and play building are eligible genres to audition with for the festival.


2022 dates

Rehearsal - Monday 25 July 2022 (Term 3 Week 2)

Performances - Tuesday 26 July to Thursday 28 July (Term 3 Week 2)

Applications to participate will open in Term 1 Week 8 2022

How to apply

Applications to audition for the Arts Alive Drama Festival should be completed by the coordinating teacher.

Please note: You will need to provide the video link to your audition in the nomination form. 

For further assistance with video links please contact the festival coordinator.

Performance length

  • Primary items - maximum of 10 minutes
  • High school items - maximum of 12 minutes

Criteria for selection

  • Appropriate performance length
  • Appeals to a varied audience
  • Demonstrated excellence in performance skills
  • Use of minimal scenery and props
  • Reflection of current drama syllabus outcomes
  • Suitability for performance to an audience that may include students from Kindergarten to Year 12.

Participation fee

$20.00 per student.

  • Schools will be responsible for collecting participation fee from their students.
  • Schools will be automatically debited for their participation in the festival via journal entry.

Tips for audition video

  • Recording from a phone or tablet mounted on a tripod is sufficient quality for the audition video.
  • Record the performance in one continuous take from a wide angle to ensure all performers are seen.  Do not zoom in and out.
  • Spend time rehearsing, recording and reviewing your audition video
  • Where possible, minimise external light sources by covering windows to avoid interference with visual contrast.

COVID-19 notice

The operation of this program is contingent on advice provided by the NSW Department of Education in consultation with NSW Health. All activities will adhere to the DoE COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions.

Visit the COVID-19 and public schools in NSW web page for more information.


Jenni Bittar
Lily Ferres
Arts Coordination Officer
Metropolitan North


The Concourse Theatre
409 Victoria Avenue
Chatswood NSW 2067

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