State Drama Camp – Years 9 and 10

Local arts program Drama

The State Drama Camp – Years 9 and 10 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 cabins and rooms.


Applications have now closed for 2024.


  • Tuesday 30 April to Friday 3 May (Term 2 Week 1)


How to apply

  • Submit your application using the link at the top of this page.
  • Once you have submitted, an email will be sent to your teacher contact seeking an endorsement. 
  • Applications closed on Monday 4 March and students will be notified within two weeks.


Payment for the State Drama Camp – Years 9 and 10 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.

    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.
    • A maximum of 6 students will be accepted from the same school. This is negotiated with teachers once applications have closed.

    Students in regional, rural and remote areas are strongly encouraged to apply. Participation fees are subsidised for students from Department of Education identified rural and remote schools. For more details, including cost, location, arrival and departure information, please visit the application link.

    Teacher opportunities

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

    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.

    Applications for teachers for State Drama Camp closed on Friday 23 February 2024.


    The drama team
    The Arts Unit
    02 8512 1175


    119 Cliff Drive
    Katoomba NSW 2780

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    All Arts Unit programs are inclusive. If support is required to participate in the State Drama Camp – Years 9 and 10, please email so that we can assist.