Performing Arts

Current Performing Arts Coordinator: Joel Batalha

Brentwood has a vibrant program that encourages students to be their best and extend themselves in a safe and challenging environment. Artistic and cultural life features prominently in the activities of many Brentwood students. Students gain satisfaction and self-esteem from their participation in college based performances. School plays, musicals, and musical performances are a major part of the extracurricular life of our students.

Performing Arts showcases the talents of our students whilst promoting group participation and leadership skills. We have student leaders who work together to develop a sense of ownership of the program. Performing Arts promotes students from all year levels to interact with one another beyond the classroom. They have the opportunity to engage in activities such as acting, dancing, singing, costume design and creation, set design and construction and being part of the backstage crew.

The sense of community established as part of our Performing Arts Program has been something to be proud of. Not only do we have a group of dedicated members of the community that come back year after year after they have moved on from Brentwood, we have a team of people who have become involved with the school and donate their time and experience to ensure the experience for students in Performing Arts is second to none. This is through involvement in our musical orchestra or helping with our set and technical aspects of the show. The staff have worked hard to establish strong links with the community to ensure our performances are a community event we can all celebrate together.

Each year, the team go away on a special three day camp to rehearse and refine the school production. This time is a great opportunity to get a focused head start for the production, but is also an excellent bonding experience for the cast and crew. The camp is a highlight of the Performing Arts calendar.

Performing Arts complements the school curriculum as it enhances confidence and self-esteem in our students. The college is also fortunate enough to have a very strong and well established VCE Theatre Studies program, where students in Year 11 and 12 are involved in the creation of plays and present them to the community. These plays are hugely successful and students are assessed for their contribution.

Performing Arts at Brentwood is a professional experience and students and staff work collaboratively to achieve the most professional results. We recently joined the Lyrebird Youth Awards, an organisation that fosters the spirit of entertainment in the Eastern Suburbs and in 2013 awards were won for Best Director, Best Actor and Highly Commended Actor for the Year 12 Theatre Studies production, Life As An Idea written by Theatre Studies teacher Joel Batalha. The college was also awarded a special judges award for excellence in script writing for the 2013 season.

In 2014 we began the inaugural Brentwood Performing Arts Community Excellence Awards, where members of the Brentwood community are acknowledged for their contribution to the program.

For more information about the Performing Arts Program, to see how you might become involved or get some information about upcoming productions please contact

2018 Production

In The Heights

Directed by Joel Batalha
Musically Directed by Ben Franklin


Past School Musicals

Past Theatre Studies Productions

Staff Productions

Rock Eisteddfod Entries

Production Services/Supporters