About DramaFest

DramaFest has a 4-decade history of bringing students and teachers together for fantastic drama workshops, masterclasses, and performances. Over the years thousands of students have spent 3 full days in Halifax, discovering new ideas, finding their voice, making new friends and filling the hallways with song and laughter. Theatre Nova Scotia is grateful to partnerships with the Educational Drama Association of Nova Scotia and Dalhousie University as well incredible teams of theatre professionals and coordinators to have offered amazing past festivals!

Last year in 2020, we had to make the difficult decision to cancel DramaFest due to the ongoing pandemic – but this year, DramaFest is back! We have reimagined DramaFest as a 6-week online festival, removing financial and travel-related barriers so that all teachers can bring DramaFest into their classrooms! Participate, share, enjoy, laugh, be inspired!

From mid-April to the end of May, teachers will be able to book online, interactive workshops with theatre professionals for their classrooms on a range of theatre-related topics. Throughout this time, teachers will submit their class’s dramatic work to the Student Production Showcase facilitated by Cape Breton University, and students across the province will hone their playwriting skills and submit their original work to the Ten Minute Play Contest. Here on our website, students and teachers will browse through Canadian post-secondary options in Theatre at our Virtual Post-Secondary School Fair, as well as access special resources to help bring extra drama to the classroom.

During the last two weeks of May, classes can watch the Keynote Speaker address (to be announced soon!), as well as a professional theatre production by HEIST, a live art company. Teachers can also book Q&As with HEIST for their classes so students can engage critically with production and get to know professional theatre artists. 

May 25th to 28th is our Festival Week, packed full of exciting evening events and learning opportunities! We open the week on Tuesday night with the Student Production Showcase, giving students an opportunity to present to their peers and see the work of other students in the province.  On Wednesday night, students can sign up for Improv Night, where they will work with improv artists and their peers to create spontaneous and fun theatre together. On Thursday, we will be hosting a panel discussion and individual Q&As with Canadian post-secondary institutions where interested students will have the opportunity to learn more about their post-secondary options in theatre. Finally, DramaFest will end on Friday with a fun-filled evening of watching the winning plays of the Ten Minute Play Contest performed by professional actors, plus a special DramaFest finale!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. 

See you at DramaFest! 

Memories from Past DramaFests...