Drama Festival

Kindergarten to Year 12

The Drama Festival celebrates classroom drama achievements of students in Kindergarten to Year 12. This event is a 2-day celebration of drama works showcasing strong drama outcomes in classrooms from across the state. Over 800 students participate in a range of dramatic styles.


Students on stage performing at the State Drama Ensemble

Drama Festival 2023 – Accelerate

The Drama Festival celebrates classroom drama achievements of students from Kindergarten to Year 12.  The Festival runs across 2 days – Thursday 26 October to Friday 27 October, with over 800 students participating from across the state.

Dates and performance times:

Thursday 26 October at 11:00 am – primary matinee
Thursday 26 October at 7:00 pm – evening performance
Friday 27 October at 11:00 am  – secondary matinee
​​​​​​Friday 27 October at 7:00 pm – evening performance


Seymour Centre, Chippendale


Audience tickets are now on sale through The Seymour Centre.

State Drama Festival 2023


In 2023 The Arts Unit will run 60 minute and 90 minute drama workshops led by professional practitioners before and after the matinee performances.

For more information on these workshops and how to book, please contact drama.artsunit@det.nsw.edu.au

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Festival clothing

Pre-ordered clothing sales are now open for purchase. 

Festival t-shirts are $30.00 and hoodies are $60.00.

Pre-orders will close on Friday 6 October.  While a limited number of t-shirts will be available to purchase in the foyer at Drama Festival 30 minutes prior to each performance, we strongly recommend ordering through the link to secure your festival clothing.

black t-shirt with bright coloured logo on the front and Drama Festival 2023 in white text on the back

School nominations

Schools can nominate any pieces that have not been presented in your local Area Drama Festival.  
Nominations have closed for 2023. 


$120.00 including GST per item.

Area Drama Festival panelists

Applications for 2024 Area Drama Festival panelists will open in Term 2, 2024.
For details on Area Drama Festivals please visit Local arts programs.

In The Spotlight Drama Festival 
LightsUP Drama Festival Series
South Coast Drama Festival
Far South Coast Drama Festival
Hunter Primary Drama Festival
Lismore Performing Arts Festival

NSW Public Schools State Digital Drama Festival 2021

Explore the State Drama Festival 2021 through the digital showcase and celebrate creativity, resilience and storytelling through drama in 2021.
Enjoy a combination of traditional, devised and original pieces and some brand new approaches in the form of our short film, physical theatre, monologues and puppetry ensembles who created their original works during remote learning.