Drama offers our students the opportunity to develop expressive skills and to convey ideas and feelings through dramatic action. Based on improvisation and playbuilding, courses are designed to develop students’ skills and confidence through performances to peers as well as local primary schools, parents and members of the public.
The school has its own purpose-built hall with a complete lighting and sound system for special events and stage productions. The talents of Chatswood High School students are showcased in the school's performances. In 2011, the Drama department staged the Australian play 'Dags' by Debra Oswald. The play revolves around the life of sixteen year old Gillian, a melodramatic teenage outcast. A coming of age story - the two performances garnered rave reviews from parents and students alike, and were a great showcase of talent at Chatswood High School. In 2013, Little Shop of Horrors was an outstanding success.
Popstars the musical was staged at the end of June 2016. Preparations have begun for 2018 production of Oliver.
These performances allow students to develop self esteem and confidence and be involved whether they prefer to sing, dance, act, perform or work behind the scenes.