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Arts Alive Drama Festival

The Arts Alive Drama Festival provides the opportunity for public schools across Metropolitan North to showcase drama works created in schools by students and staff from Kindergarten to Year 12.

Students will benefit from an excellent performance venue and be enthused through interaction with other drama students. It provides teachers with a platform to promote the arts as a vital part of the school curriculum.

Improvisation, movement, mime, storytelling, readers’ theatre, puppetry, mask and play building are eligible genres to audition with for the festival.

The operation of this program is contingent on advice provided by the NSW Department of Education in consultation with NSW Health. All activities will adhere to the DoE COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions.

2021 dates 

Applications for the Arts Alive Drama Festival are now open.

Applications close Friday 11 June 2021
(Term 2 Week 8).

Schools will be advised of the result of their application by Thursday 24 June 2021
(Term 2 Week 10).


  • Tuesday 20 July 2021 - evening performance
  • Wednesday 21 July 2021 - evening performance
  • Thursday 22 July 2021 - matinee and evening performance

Technical rehearsals

Technical rehearsals will be held during the day on Monday 19 July to Wednesday 21 July.


The Concourse Theatre
409 Victoria Avenue
Chatswood NSW 2067

Stage details

Thrust stage - 14 metres wide by 10 metres deep.

How to apply

Applications to audition for the Arts Alive Drama Festival should be completed by the coordinating teacher.

Complete the Arts Alive Drama Festival Nomination Form by Friday 11 June 2021
(Term 2 Week 8).

Please note: You will need to provide the video link to your audition in the nomination form. 

For further assistance with video links please contact the festival coordinator.

Performance length

  • Primary items - maximum of 10 minutes
  • High school items - maximum of 12 minutes

Criteria for selection

  • Appropriate performance length
  • Appeals to a varied audience
  • Demonstrated excellence in performance skills
  • Use of minimal scenery and props
  • Reflection of current drama syllabus outcomes
  • Suitability for performance to an audience that may include students from Kindergarten to Year 12.

Participation fee

$20.00 per student.

  • Schools will be responsible for collecting participation fee from their students.
  • Schools will be automatically debited for their participation in the festival via journal entry.

Tips for audition video

  • Recording from a phone or tablet mounted on a tripod is sufficient quality for the audition video.
  • Record the performance in one continuous take from a wide angle to ensure all performers are seen.  Do not zoom in and out.
  • Spend time rehearsing, recording and reviewing your audition video
  • Where possible, minimise external light sources by covering windows to avoid interference with visual contast.


Jenni Bittar - Program Coordinator
Email: jenni.bittar@det.nsw.edu.au

Lily Ferres - Arts Coordination Officer
Email: lily.ferres@det.nsw.edu.au
Phone: 0419 446 357