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LightsUP Drama Festival

LightsUP Drama Festival is a youth festival showcasing school groups and individual drama pieces from Kindergarten to Year 12 students in NSW public schools. 

Schools are invited to submit drama items for audition for the LightsUP Drama 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

Friday 18 June 2021

Technical Rehearsals will take place from 9am-4pm on the day of the performance.


Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre
597 High Street
Penrith NSW 2750

Stage details

Thrust stage (Seating is raked and has 300+ capacity)


Online applications are now open and close Wednesday 12 May 2021

Criteria for selection
  • Performance length should not exceed 10 minutes (Primary) and 12 minutes (Secondary)
  • Appeal to a varied audience
  • Demonstrated excellence in performance skills
  • Use of minimal scenery and props
  • Reflection of current syllabus outcomes
  • Suitability for performance in the selected venue to an audience that may include students from K-12 
  • Performance rights for any music or drama pieces must be organised by the school.


Audition videos must be uploaded to YouTube and the video link included in the Google Form nomination. It is important that ample time is spent rehearsing, recording and reviewing the performance video.

Audition tips

  • Ensure that the video is of sufficient high quality to allow the panel to view the details of your work and your performers.
  • Cover any windows or doors in the room where the audition is being filmed, so that light from outside doesn’t interfere with the visual contrast in the film.
  • It is important that all students are able to be viewed in the film.
  • Ensure your audition video is within the time frame outlines in the requirements above


$10 per student, per performance payable by schools.


Anthony Vassallo - LightsUP Drama Festival Coordinator
Email: anthony.vassallo15@det.nsw.edu.au
Phone: 02 4721 0529 

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