Class of Cabaret 

Submissions for the 2018 Adelaide Cabaret Festival Class of Cabaret are closed


About Class of Cabaret

Class of Cabaret provides a unique learning opportunity for extremely talented, passionate and courageous secondary students from various high schools to share their own stories through musical performance.

Class of Cabaret began in 2010 under the artistic direction of David Campbell at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.  Now in its ninth year, Class of Cabaret students will experience the 2018 Adelaide Cabaret Festival under Artistic Director Ali McGregor. Past students have received standing ovations from sold-out crowds. Each student will develop the skills to engage the audience on a personal journey with their own individual story. The program provides students with the unique opportunity to gain performance and self-development skills in a professional performing arts venue during the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

The Adelaide Cabaret Festival provides an expert team of cabaret mentors and professional artists to develop each performer’s skills through master classes, workshops, and a boot camp to produce two spectacular shows for a ticketed public performance.

The Class of Cabaret program offers students a meaningful learning experience where each performer develops their performance skills and learns to confidently communicate their stories to an audience, whilst also gaining accreditation towards their education. The chosen applicants will take part in rehearsals and workshops throughout Terms 1 & 2 culminating in performances during the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. They will also receive expert guidance from an experienced Musical Director, tuition from one of Adelaide's leading vocal teachers and mentorship in the art of cabaret performance from two award winning artists.

Whilst this program is aimed at performance development it is also an opportunity to gain SACE accreditation which is an integral part of the experience. Students enrol cross-institutionally and work with a DECD SACE teacher to achieve 10 credits in either Creative Arts Stage 1 or Stage 2, Community Studies Stage 1, Recognition of Community Learning or the Research Project. These courses will run during Class of Cabaret rehearsals throughout terms 1 & 2, as they greatly support the program and help students develop on all levels.

Students have the additional opportunity of enrolling cross-institutionally to develop performing art skills that complement the program and achieve 20 Stage 2 Credits in Creative Arts. This course runs from 4-7pm on Tuesday nights at Thebarton Senior College.

Being a part of this unique South Australian experience is a chance to enrich curriculum learning, develop friendships with students from other schools and meet with professional artists as part of the official Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

Many thanks!

The Adelaide Cabaret Festival & centrED Team

Class of Cabaret 2017
Image: Claudio Raschella



Space to Create

Class of Cabaret Graduates

We encourage any Class of Cabaret graduates to apply for Space to Create.

Space to Create is our new initiative to give professional Australian artists support and mentorship over a week-long residency to develop ideas and content for solo cabaret work. Each artist will receive a bespoke program suited to their needs ranging from musicianship and performance to design, direction and writing. The week will bring performance opportunities, a pass to as many cabaret shows as they can see and no pressure to deliver fully formed content. A space to grow, inspire and create. Please see here for more information.


Nathaniel O'Brien Scholarship

Applications for the 2019 Nathaniel O’Brien Class of Cabaret Scholarship open July 2018.

Applications for the 2019 Nathaniel O’Brien Class of Cabaret Scholarship will be open to students in years 10 & 11, who live regionally. The successful applicants will get to perform at the Adelaide Cabaret Roadshow in their respective regional centre in May 2018.

See Nathaniel O’Brien Class of Cabaret Scholarship for more information.