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.

drama students performing

Freeing the teacher's voice – professional learning

As teachers, we use our voice every day to communicate, and we are placing strain on it constantly. This course will give you practical strategies to use your voice effectively and protect it for your daily use and beyond.  

Date: Friday 27 May 2022 (Term 2 Week 4)
Time: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm 
Venue: The Arts Unit, Lewisham

To apply for the Freeing the teacher's voice workshop, complete the online workshop application form.


Drama Ensembles 2022 

Applications are now open.
Applications will close on Friday 27 May 2022.

  • Students in Year 7 and 8 can attend a live audition workshop from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Sunday 5 June.
  • Students in Years 9 and 10 can attend a live audition workshop from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on Sunday 5 June.

To apply for a Drama Ensemble complete the online application form.


State Drama Camp

A residential camp for students of Year 11 drama. Participants extend their skills through a series of intensive workshops with all major aspects of drama delivered by tutors from the performing arts industry. 

Date: Sunday 26 June to Thursday 30 June 2022 (Term 2 Week 10)
Venue: Vision Valley, Acacia

To apply for the State Drama Camp, complete the online student application form.


Drama Company

NSW Public Schools Drama Company 2022 presented ‘Just Macbeth!’ by Andy Griffiths.

Produced by the NSW Department of Education's  Arts Unit in association with Bell Shakespeare and NIDA.

Performances were at NIDA.

​​​​For further information, see the Drama Company page.

Just Macbeth poster

Junior Drama Skills Development Workshops

The 2022 Drama Skills Development Junior Workshops were held at The Arts Unit in May.

  • Live Junior Workshops - Sunday 22 May (Term 2 Week 4), 10:30 am-3:15 pm (including 45 minutes for lunch)
  • Online Junior Workshops - Sunday 29 May (Term 2 Week 5), 10:00 am-11:30 am (Workshop conducted via Zoom)

For further details please see the  2022 Drama Skills Development Junior Workshops page


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:


Multicultural Playwright Program 2022

For further information or to apply for the Multicultural Playwright Program 2022, complete the online application form.


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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