Stage 5 State Drama Camp

Local arts program Public schools Drama

The Stage 5 State Drama Camp is an exciting new initiative for 2023.

The Stage 5 State Drama Camp is a 4-day residential camp open to NSW public school students in Years 9 and 10 and will run in conjunction with the NSW Public Schools State Drama Camp for Year 11 students.

This program is an excellent opportunity for Stage 5 drama students to work collaboratively in a supportive environment of like-minded peers and staff and learn from industry tutors and experienced teachers and practitioners. 

Participants will refine and extend their skills through a series of intensive workshops covering all major aspects of drama delivered by tutors from the performing arts industry. Emphasis at the camp is on active and collaborative participation, development of skills and enjoyment.

Workshops during the camp are led by industry specialists and exemplary teachers from NSW public schools. Students will also work on creating group-devised performances, culminating in a student performance showcase on the final day.

The camp is fully catered with a healthy menu and accommodation in modern heated carpeted cabins and rooms at The Collaroy Centre.


Applications for the Stage 5 State Drama Camp 2023 are now closed.

Full details about the Stage 5 State Drama Camp 2023, including travel arrrival and departure options to and from the venue, daily program and camp packing requirements will be included in the Stage 5 State Drama Camp acceptance pack.


  • Monday 26 June to Thursday 29 June 2023 (Term 2 Week 10)
  • Students arrive at 11:00 am on Monday 26 June 2023 and depart after the student performance showcase at 12:30 pm on Thursday 29 June 2023.


Payment for the Stage 5 State Drama Camp will be made to the student's school on receipt of student acceptance to the camp.  Schools will be automatically debited for student participation in the Stage 5 State Drama Camp via SAP journal entry.


Camp activities

  • The program covers all major aspects of drama and includes workshop sessions led by exemplary teachers and specialists from the performing arts industry.
  • Workshops sessions offered include characterisation, improvisation, clowning, physical theatre, script analysis, advanced acting skills, movement and voice.
  • Active involvement, development of skills and enjoyment are key outcomes of participation at camp.
  • Students will work on group devised pieces and receive constructive feedback from workshop teachers and tutors and Year 11 peers attending the NSW Public Schools State Drama Camp.
  • Students will present their group-devised pieces at a student performance showcase for parents and friends on Thursday 29 June 2023.
  • Performances by Jeromaia Detto and Little Eggs Collective.

Student eligibility

  • High potential Year 9 and 10 students from NSW public schools who are currently studying drama or have a keen interest in drama and are seeking to build on their current experiences in drama to enhance, extend and further develop their skills and knowledge.
  • There is a limit of 6 students from each school.

Teacher opportunities

State Drama Camp and Stage 5 State Drama Camp offer professional development opportunities for teachers.

Applications for teachers for the 2023 State Drama Camp and 2023 Stage 5 State Drama Camp have now closed.

Roles for teachers:

  • Camp tutor – Supervise for the duration of the camp; lead specialised workshops; lead a camp group through the play-building process to a performance on the last evening.
    Preference for selection of camp tutors will be given to teachers who are currently teaching Drama Years 9-10 and/or the Drama Preliminary and HSC courses.
  • Residential mentorship program – For beginning or less experienced teachers where preference will be given to rural and remote applicants. Observe, participate and learn throughout the week under the guidance of an experienced mentor. Supervise and assist with camp duties – onsite for the duration of camp.
  • Day mentee program – For interested teachers to observe and participate for one day of the program. Teachers will select workshops and sessions to attend to learn from experienced teachers in action as well as a Q&A on the devising processes and the HSC course. Schools must supply their own relief cover for this program.


Jenni Bittar
Arts Coordination Officer


The Collaroy Centre
22 Homestead Ave
Collaroy NSW 2097

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