Drama Ensembles

Years 5 to 12

Applications for students in Years 5, 6, 7, and 8 are now closed.

Drama Ensembles develop high potential and gifted students in drama. Ensemble tutors are drawn from Arts Unit experts and industry professionals. Students perform in events such as the State Drama Festival, and potentially the Schools Spectacular.

  • Senior Drama Ensemble - Years 9 to 11
  • Junior Drama Ensembles - Years 7 and 8
  • Primary Drama Ensembles - Years 5 and 6

Drama ensembles rehearse at The Arts Unit in Lewisham during school term. Application is by audition and open to NSW public school students.

drama students performing

How to apply

Applications for students in all years have now closed for 2023.
Applications for 2024 for senior students will open in Term 4, 2023.
Applications for 2024 for junior and primary students will open in Term 1, 2024.


Auditions for Year 5, 6, 7, and 8 Drama Ensembles are open to all NSW public school students. Auditions will be held at The Arts Unit in Lewisham in May 2023. Preparation is not necessary.

  • 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on Sunday 28 May 2023, Years 5 and 6 students
  • 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Sunday 28 May 2023, Years 7 and 8 students


Weekly rehearsal times

If you are successful in obtaining a position to the drama ensembles program, a full commitment to the program must be made. 

Students will attend weekly rehearsals after school hours on Wednesdays and some Sundays at The Arts Unit, Lewisham.

Senior Drama Ensembles begin on Wednesday 1 March 2023 and finish on Sunday 18 June 2023. Senior Ensembles may have a re-rehearsal day on Sunday 15 October prior to performing at the State Drama Festival in October 2023.
Junior and Primary Drama Ensembles begin on on Wednesday 19 July 2023 and finish at State Drama Festival in October 2023.

For exact times please see the relevant ensembles page:


Fees cover hire of regular tutors and industry professionals for intensive workshops, a Drama Ensemble t-shirt, and the sourcing and supply of costumes from professional designers for ensemble performances. Students will need to cover the costs of their own travel and/or accommodation if needed. All prices include GST.

  • Weekly Drama Ensembles $385.00

Performance opportunities

Junior Drama Ensembles will participate in either the State Drama Festival or State Drama Festival Virtual.

Drama tutors

Applications for 2023 Drama Ensemble tutors are now closed.

Drama tutors work with students in the weekly drama ensembles to devise an original work for the State Drama Festival 2023.

Please see the State Drama Camp page for information about State Drama Camp tutor applications for 2023.



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