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CoLab HSC Drama Workshops

CoLab HSC Drama Workshops promote collaboration between teachers and Year 12 public school students in preparation for their HSC drama group performance. 

The workshops allow aspiring student performers to refine skills and devise their HSC group performance with HSC drama students from a wide variety of schools. Intensive workshops allow teachers and students the opportunity to bring together their diverse expertise to further develop and refine the skills needed to succeed in group performances. 

Group Performance workshops are focused on building students' collaborative skills and teaching varied approaches to devising original theatrical works; a core component of the HSC Drama course. To be considered for the workshops schools must make a commitment to attending the entire series, which consists of two full days.

On the first day, students participate in two workshops with artists and practitioners including Swoop Physical Theatre and Chopt Logic. On the second day, students participate in a performance skills workshop. Following this, students present their Group Performance to their peers for feedback. Students are then provided the afternoon to apply their feedback and rehearse with their group.

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

Group A

Day 1 − Swoop Physical Theatre and Chopt Logic
8:30am-3:15pm Wednesday 28 April 2021

Day 2 − Performance skills workshop
8:30am-3:15pm Wednesday 26 May 2021

Group B

Day 1 − Swoop Physical Theatre and Chopt Logic
8:30am-3:15pm Thursday 29 April 2021

Day 2 − Performance skills workshop
8:30am-3:15pm Friday 28 May 2021


Group A

Macarthur Girls High School
1-19 Macarthur Street
Parramatta NSW 2150

Group B

Glenmore Park High School
Glenmore Parkway 
Glenmore Park NSW 2745


$15 per student

Once schools are provided confirmation regarding their participation in the workshops, payment advice will be provided to teachers.


Applications for 2021 CoLab workshops are now closed.


Anthony Vassallo - Coordinator
Email: anthony.vassallo15@det.nsw.edu.au

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