The academic and co-curricular drama programmes are well resourced with three drama suites. Elliot Hall has a full stage, professional lighting and sound equipment, and seating for 1000 people, offering a professional performance venue. The dance studio also offers a performance space, frequently used for smaller dance and drama assessment productions.

Senior School students have the option of studying NCEA Drama or International Baccalaureate Theatre Arts. There are numerous performance opportunities within the academic programme including class productions.  These productions give our students a strong foundation of knowledge and experience that sets them up well for opportunities within the College co-curricular programme.

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The drama department has a well-resourced itinerant programme with dedicated speech and drama teachers who provide tuition for students through either individual or paired classes. 

Students can elect to compete in local speech and drama competitions as well as sitting annual graded examinations through the Trinity College of London.


The Drama Department is actively involved in a number of co-curricular programmes including

Senior School Musical
This is a major production in Term 1 each year with a large cast, backstage crew and orchestra. The cast for the musical requires the combined talents of acting and well-trained singing. This production also gives ample opportunity for those interested in backstage work.

Senior School Play Series
The annual Play Series involves our Senior College drama students performing their NCEA assessment pieces for an audience. Often edgy productions that push the boundaries for the students and audience alike, these ‘mini productions’ are sophisticated productions. With minimal props and costuming, the focus is placed clearly on the actors and their stage craft; their ability to not only deliver their lines but to use complex dramatic skills to fully engage their audience.

Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Competition
Run by the Drama Department, this is an opportunity for students to express their passion for Shakespeare.  There are both student-directed and staff-directed performances of selected scenes of many well-known Shakespearian plays.  These are entered into regional competitions and a number of them have been selected for the National finals.

More than 150 students and 25 coaches train weekly to compete in in-house competitions as well as part of the Auckland Theatresports Youth Programmes competition. Under the guidance of Drama Department, the College has made the finals of this competition a number of times, including winning the Auckland title twice in 2008 and 2014.