Drama @ The Arts Unit

Kindergarten to Year 12 students and teachers

Drama @ The Arts Unit enables students to develop confidence and extend their skills, and teachers to build knowledge and skills to engage students to explore their potential.

Industry partnerships provide creative opportunities to extend skills, while performance events showcase drama as an art form.

Local and inclusive opportunities, digital resources and event streaming provide equity and comprehensive support to deliver drama in and as an extension of the classroom.

Programs include ensembles, workshops, performances, teacher professional development and unique industry partnerships.

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State Drama Festival

The 2022 NSW Public Schools State Drama Festival celebrates classroom drama achievements of students from Years K to 12.  The Festival runs across two days from Thursday 20 October to Friday 21 October with over 800 students participating from across the state.

For more information please see the State Drama Festival page.

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Drama tutors

There are a number of opportunities for interested public school teachers in NSW to join our drama programs.

For further information on the various opportunities, please visit the following programs:


State Drama Ensemble

The 2022 NSW Public Schools State Drama Ensemble provides students from Years 9 to 11 with the opportunity to develop a work for performance at the State Drama Festival in October. Workshops are held during school holidays and students develop a work for performance at the State Drama Festival in October.

For more information please see the State Drama Ensemble page.

Weekly Drama Ensembles

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.

  • Senior Drama Ensembles - Years 10 and 11
  • Junior Drama Ensembles - Years 7 to 9
  • Primary Drama Ensembles - Years 5 and 6

Drama ensembles rehearse at The Arts Unit in Lewisham during school term.  For more information please see the Drama Ensembles page.


    Tales from the Wild Bush

    Co-produced with NIDA, the NSW Public Schools Drama Company's 2021 performance Tales from the Wild Bush is now available to enjoy, explore and bring into your classroom.

    ​​​​For further information, see the Tales from the Wild Bush creative resource.

    Tales from the Wild Bush

    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.


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