NSW Public Schools State Drama Camp

Year 11

Student applications are now open.

Participants extend their skills through a series of intensive workshops with all major aspects of drama delivered by tutors from the performing arts industry. The emphasis at the camp is on active involvement, development of skills and enjoyment.

Workshops during the camp are led by industry specialists and exemplary teachers  from NSW public schools. The camp is fully catered with a healthy menu and accommodation is in modern heated carpeted cabins and rooms at Vision Valley.

students at drama camp

2022 dates

  • Sunday 26 June to Thursday 30 June (Term 2 Week 10)

How to apply


  • $580 – metro and non-metro students
  • $435 – rural and remote students 

All payments will be accepted online through our student payment portal.

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.
  • Camp is held at Vision Valley and backs onto Berowra Valley National Park.
  • Workshops sessions offered include set design, costume design, scriptwriting, individual performance, circus, physical theatre, devising, script Interpretation, advanced acting skills, voice and accents.
  • Active involvement, development of skills and enjoyment are key outcomes of participation at camp.
  • Zeal Theatre Australia performs at State Drama Camp.
  • Exemplary OnSTAGE students perform at State Drama Camp.
  • Students will attend the professional theatrical production of Mary Poppins.

Student eligibility

  • High potential Year 11 drama students who are currently studying drama at a NSW public school, who have not attended a State Drama Camp previously and need to extend their skills through a series of intensive workshops.
  • There is a limit of 6 students from each school.
  • This camp is for students seeking to build on their current experiences in drama to enhance their skills and knowledge.

Teacher opportunities

State Drama Camp offers 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 playbuilding process to a performance on the last evening.
  • Residential mentorship program – For beginning or less experienced teachers where preference will be given for 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 teachers interested in State Drama Camp to observe and participate for one day (Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday) of the program. They 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.

Preference for selection of tutors was given to teachers who are currently teaching the Drama Preliminary and HSC courses.

Applications for teachers for teachers for 2023 State Drama Camp will open in Term 1 2023.

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The Drama team
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