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.

Senior College 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. 

The result of these classes sees our students competing 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 College 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.

Senior College Drama Production
The Drama production is staged in Term 3 and highlights our top drama students. This production also gives ample opportunity for those interested in backstage work.

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 every year for the past nine years including winning the Auckland title twice in 2008 and 2014.