School Drama

School DramaClassic– Primary Teacher Professional Learning Program

What is School Drama?

School Drama™ is a professional learning program for primary school teachers that demonstrates the power of using drama pedagogy with quality literature to improve English and literacy in young learners.

School Drama™  was developed by STC over a four-year pilot program, in partnership with The University of Sydney and leading academic Professor Robyn Ewing AM.

What does School Drama™ Classic involve?

The program begins with a pre-program professional development workshop attended by all participating classroom teachers and school principals. 

This is followed by two planning sessions focused on tailoring a team-teaching program to meet the specific learning goals of each class.

STC partners each participating teacher with a STC Teaching Artist for the school term. Together they explore how drama strategies can be integrated into any area of English and literacy, such as inferential comprehension, confidence in oracy, descriptive language or imaginative writing.

Over seven weeks the Teaching Artist team teaches the program with the teacher in their classroom, modelling the drama strategies and empowering the teacher to confidently integrate these ideas and strategies into their regular teaching practice.

How do I sign up?

Expressions of interest for School Drama™ Classic in 2017 in Greater Sydney, Albury-Wodonga and Darwin are now closed. 

Expressions of interest for School Drama™ Classic in 2018 will open during Term 4, 2017.

If you’re interested in other ways to deliver School Drama™ in your school context, click here.

School Drama™ Classic includes:

How will School Drama™ benefit my students?

Our research partner, the University of Sydney, has conducted program evaluations and longitudinal and sustainability studies over six years. This has shown:

How will School Drama™ benefit me?

Ongoing research and evaluations illustrate that the co-mentoring model between the teacher and STC Teaching Artist is a powerful professional learning experience, with teachers continuing to use their new knowledge long after the Teaching Artist has left the school.

Cost for School Drama™ Classic in Sydney

As School Drama™ is a one-on-one comprehensive professional learning experience, it is expensive to deliver (around $2,500 per teacher).  Thanks to generous funders, STC is able to contribute a limited number of subsidies to schools. 

The program aims to create a community of practice in schools. We have found that the program is most beneficial when schools enlist more than one teacher in School Drama™ and when all the teachers and the school principal attend the pre-program professional development workshops. Therefore, schools that request the program for two or more teachers will be prioritised in the application process.

Number of teachers Unit price per teacher Total school contribution Sydney Theatre Company Contribution Full cost of program
1 Teacher $1,150 $1,150 $1,350 $2,500
2 Teachers $850 $1,700 $3,300 $5,000
3 Teachers $750 $2,250 $5,250 $7,500
4 Teachers $650 $2,600 $7,400 $10,000

*Please note the pricing structure differs for schools in Albury Wodonga and Darwin. For more information, contact

More info
For further information on School DramaTM please contact John Saunders, Education Manager, at


School Drama would not be possible without the support we receive from:


The Crown Resorts Foundation, The Packer Family Foundation, The Raymond E Purves Foundation and Leon & Simona Kamenev.