On Stage

Our popular school holiday performing arts program

October school holiday registrations will open 22 August – mark it in your calendars so you don't miss out!

Three Day Contemporary Dance Masterclass

10 - 17 years 

Presented in association with Australian Dance Theatre join us for a masterclass that delves into the process of creating new contemporary dance works through the lens of the dancers lead by newly appointed Artistic Director Daniel Riley.

This masterclass will give you the opportunity to get to know the company, the ADT dancers as well as the company’s artistic process. A taste of current works and those in development will form a part of the workshop structure including a development component of self-devised and choreographed work.

If you are wishing to take your dance experience to the next level, then this is the masterclass for you!

No auditions required. Previous experience preferred but not essential.

Numbers are capped so get in quick!

Date: Monday 10 to Wednesday 12 October

Tutors: Australian Dance Theatre

Registrations open 22 August 2022.

Two Day Improv Theatre Masterclass

12 - 17 years 

Lead by South Australia's leading theatre maker for young people, this intensive two-day Masterclass is an absolute must for serious young actors.

This is long form improvisation, where the performers create characters from the ground up, and are thrown into a world of Riley's making.  There are no rehearsals and no escape, as actor’s improv scenarios for hours at a time, always maintaining their character in the rules of this new world.  With an emphasis on truth and daring, Sean Riley's Method has been thrilling young actors for years, with several becoming the basis for new theatrical works. Sean now runs his own company Free Agents Youth Theatre.

This masterclass provides strategies for helping young actors enhance their performance work and are for young actors who are serious about developing their craft further.

Date: Thursday 13 - Friday 15 October

Educators: Sean Riley

Registrations open 22 August 2022.


One Day Improv Theatre Workshop

8 - 11 years

This workshop is ideal for participants interested in an introductory level of acting, improvisation and character development. The perfect environment for those who are brand new to acting and want to give it a go. Be nurtured and free to learn and explore in a safe and supported environment.

No auditions or prior experience required.

Date: Wednesday 12 October

Educators: Sean Riley

Registrations open 22 August 2022.


On Stage Program Scholarships

Proudly funded by the Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation

The Adelaide Festival Centre offers a limited number of scholarship opportunities to participants at no cost. These positions are available to young people who would not normally have the opportunity to participate in arts learning due to financial or remote location reasons. Remote applications are also eligible to apply for travel assistance.

Please contact the Program Executive on 8216 8545 or on.stage@adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au for further information about the July 2022 scholarships.


In accordance with SA Health advice Adelaide Festival Centre is beginning to welcome back patrons in relevant stages and in line with events that can comply with required distancing measures. The On Stage School Holiday program is one such event that Adelaide Festival Centre is pleased to have return to the venue. More information about Adelaide Festival Centre’s COVID policies and FAQs can be viewed here.

For further information please contact the Program Executive on 8216 8545 or on.stage@adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au

The On Stage program is supported by Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation. You can support the work of the Foundation in delivering youth and education programs and career development opportunities.

What is On Stage?

Every school holidays we bring together the best dance, theatre and vocal instructors to teach participants in all areas of the performing arts.

These specialised workshops and masterclasses are delivered in a fun and friendly environment with a focus on developing confidence, communication and leadership skills.

Parent Testimonials

"Leyla attended On Stage for the first time this summer. She thoroughly loved being a part of this great program, learnt a lot, made great friends and enjoyed performing. Please pass our thanks on to your team for such a great program, we are so appreciative. We enjoyed seeing Leyla thrive during the 2 weeks of On Stage and enjoyed the performance so much, it was so smooth, professional, relevant, vibrant, thought provoking and was so wonderful to see young people expressing and enjoying themselves through dance, movement and theatre."
"Every time my daughter participates in an On Stage workshop she comes away with so many new skills. She meets new people, has oodles of fun and always ends the week feeling really good about herself. The encouragement you all give her does her confidence the world of good. I find that this confidence flows through into Iris' school life and positively impacts on her academic results."
"You all go above and beyond – in particular I really appreciate the 'kiss and drop' service – it takes all the stress out of the drop off/pick up times for me."
“I just wanted to say huge thank you for the brilliant program you run through On Stage. It’s a highlight and a priority of the school holidays for my son. I send you a classic teenager and you return to me each day a happy, engaged, bright, energetic and enthusiastic human being that can’t stop talking, taking me through minute by minute what has happened that day”

Want to know more about On Stage?

View the program's Terms and Conditions here.