Theatresports Schools Challenge (TSC)

“In a normal education, everything is designed to suppress spontaneity, but I wanted to develop it.”

– Keith Johnstone, creator of Theatresports, quote from his book, ‘IMPRO: Improvisation and the Theatre.


Jon Williams

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Since 2005, Impro Australia has been running the Theatresports® Schools Challenge (TSC) – the only schools drama competition in NSW!

It brings together representative teams from over 100 independent and government schools across Sydney, Wollongong, the Central Coast, Bowral and Nowra to perform together in the spirit of joyful improvisation.

Teams of 3-5 students from each school create 1, 2 and 3 minute improvised scenes live on stage, judged and scored by our team of improvisation professionals. Theatresports®  increases the students’ confidence, listening skills and teamwork, as well as strengthening their problem solving abilities and creative thinking, all in a hilarious, fun and supportive environment.

And this year we’re extending to primary schools!

Check out this video clip showing the students in action:


The TSC has 4 divisions:

Intermediate (high school years 9-10) – held in Term 2

Senior (high school years 11-12) – held in Term 2

Registrations open Term 1

Junior (high school years 7-8) – held in Term 4

*NEW* Primary (primary school years 5-6) – held in Term 4

Registrations open in Term 3

Each team competes in a local regional heat. The top scoring teams (half) then go through to a regional semi-final. The top 2 teams from each semi-final compete in the Theatresports® Schools Challenge Grand Final on Sun 18 June in Sydney (2pm Intermediate, 5pm Senior).

N.B. In the Junior & Primary divisions each team competes twice, in a heat & a final.



$300 for one team

     Early bird price $250

$550 for two teams (1 Intermediate + 1 Senior, 1 Primary + 1 Junior)

     Early bird price $450

Each participating student/team receives:

  • A free Theatresports® Schools Challenge handbook – filled with the Theatresports® Games descriptions, impro training tips and TSC competition guidelines.
  • A free 90 min improvisation workshop run by one of IA’s professional trainers, prior to each of the heats (valued at $300)
  • Detailed performance feedback from Impro Australia judges after each heat
  • An annual Theatresports® licence for their school (valued at $500) so they can perform, publicise and charge admission for their own Theatresports® shows at their school throughout the year; raising money for charity or the school or whatever they wish
  • Plus discount ticket deals for our other Theatresports® shows


Download a TSC Junior Registration Form by CLICKING HERE.

Download a TSC Primary Registration Form by CLICKING HERE.

All of Impro Australia’s tutors are experienced improvisers and performers, who hold current Working With Children checks.

Our team includes:
Jack Ballhausen
Robert Boddington
Oliver Burton
David Callan
Ewan Campbell
Clare Cavanagh
Kate Coates
Bridie Connell
Dan Cordeaux
Jeromaia Detto
Will Erimya
Jim Fishwick
Sarah Gaul
Michael Gregory
Fiona Hallenan-Barker
Emilia Higgs
John Knowles
Pat Magee
Harry Milas
Marko Mustac
Jenna Owen
Maddie Parker
Alex Tapper
Reuben Ward
Jon Williams
Anne Wilson


If you’d like a registration form, please email

If you have any questions, visit the FAQ page, or contact our Education Manager: Jon Williams at