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ACT Up! 2022

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Canberra Theatre Centre is proud to announce that our ACT UP!  Student Festival is back for its eighth year. The ACT UP! Drama Festival is a wonderful chance for students to experience what it’s like to perform in a large-scale professional venue and it also allows teachers to meet 10 hours of their annual TQI requirements (Registration number 006099).

ACT UP! Student Festival is a series of original 10-minute performances created by secondary students from schools across the Canberra region. Participating schools will develop their own short performance inspired by this year’s theme, Freedom and Restriction.

The program kicks off with a special teachers-only practical workshop at Canberra Theatre Centre on Wednesday February 23rd. During this networking event, each teacher will be paired with an industry professional who will work with their class on developing skills and material for their performance, throughout Terms 1 and 2.

After working with an industry professional, and creating a brand new 10-minute performance, every student will have the opportunity to perform on a Canberra Theatre Centre stage: either to a student audience in the Canberra Theatre; or to a public audience in The Playhouse.

Key Dates:

  • Wednesday 23 February, 5-8pm at Canberra Theatre Centre’s Courtyard Studio: an introduction to ACT Up and practical workshops with industry specialists at CTC. Includes afternoon tea beforehand, and dinner and networking afterwards.
  • Term 1 & 2: 2 x 1-1.5hr classroom workshops: teachers are paired with an industry specialist to help develop skills and content for the students’ performance.
  • Term 1, Week 8: A 2-3hr workshop at CTC teachers to learn technical theatre skills (lighting and sound rigging/design/operation).
  • Term 2, Week 3: On May 11 CTC will run a full day’s workshop at the theatre for students to learn stage management skills.
  • Wednesday 1 June: Act Up! Festival at Canberra Theatre Centre (includes tech/dress rehearsals and public performance).


Registrations are now closed.

Contact Us:

For further information on the festival, teachers workshop and other activities please contact Annabel Scholes – annabel.scholes@act.gov.au