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Festival Details

Three days of theatre!

Theatre Nova Scotia coordinates the Nova Scotia High School Drama Festival each May at Dalhousie’s Fountain School of Performing Arts and other Dalhousie campus locations.  Open to students and teachers from across the province, Dramafest offers performances, workshops, master-classes, and creative opportunities for high school students over 3 days.

Theatre Nova Scotia is pleased to partner with the Educational Drama Association of Nova Scotia and Dalhousie’s Fountain School of Performing Arts to present this annual, non-competitive event bringing Nova Scotia’s professional theatre practitioners together with students and teachers for engaging and memorable opportunities.

Note:  Schools do not have to perform a show in order to participate in the festival.NSDF Icon 7


Each year members of the local, national or international professional theatre community lead the entire student body in these exhilarating morning sessions.

Opening Ceremonies

On the first evening, all participants gather in the Sir James Dunn Theatre for a lively ceremony to officially kick off the festival.


Workshops are led by professional theatre practitioners in various disciplines such as Set Construction, Costuming, Improv, Lights & Sound, Make-up, Puppetry, Prop Construction, Physical Theatre, Stage Combat, Voice & Singing, Voice & Speech, Acting, Theatre Acting, Costume Studies, Directing, Musical Theatre, Playwriting, Theatre Studies, and Technical Scenography.  Read more here

Student Productions

Schools showcase productions they have prepared in advance on the stages of the Sir James Dunn Theatre and the Studio Theatre.  Technical questionnaires and a cast and crew list must be submitted by the school.  Read more here

Talent Show

Each school is encouraged to enter ONE, SHORT performance into the talent show.  Space is very limited, so choose wisely.  The sign up sheet will be posted outside the DramaFest office.

Closing Ceremonies

Short performances created during the festival are performed in the Sir James Dunn Theatre.

The DramaFest Dance

Say goodbye to all of your new friends at the final event of DramaFest – The Dance!