Student Theatre & Film

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STF gives students the opportunity to direct, write, perform, crew and compose for stage and screen.

We provide support to students who may wish to mount their own theatre or film projects and can offer the use of rehearsal space, performance venues, lighting and film making equipment, as well as general advice and support about performing arts on campus. Student Theatre and Film is a great way to gain skills, knowledge, and experience and connect with those who share your passion for theatre and film. Regional Students - we haven't forgotten about you as there are great opportunities for you to also be involved in film making, photography and script writing.

Get Involved!

You don’t need any experience, just enthusiasm and a desire for fun! There are many ways to become involved, whether your interest is in theatre, film, or music. There are many opportunities for actors, directors, musicians, stage managers, costume and set designers, producers, writers, reviewers, photographers, front of house volunteers, and the list goes on. The best ways to get involved are:

  • Sign up to Student Theatre & Film 2020 here.
  • ​Join Student Theatre by signing up to our fortnightly newsletter, The Player.
  • Find STF on Facebook.
  • ​Follow STF on Instagram.
  • Visit the STF office at Level 3, Union Building, above the Eagle Bar.

What's On Now 

Check out our 2020 program of events featuring the annual Moat Festival, short devised works, cabaret, and our cutting-edge Activate Season. We have opportunities for actors, writers, directors, filmmakers, front of house volunteers, tech, and more.

In March 2020, La Trobe University announced the cancellation and postponement of all non-essential events from Tuesday 17 March until the end of June. In the interests of all members of our community, we have postponed all remaining events and programs scheduled for semester one, including the remaining shows of Moat Festival ('Art' and The Illusion), the 24 Hour Play Project, and the Cabaret Season. 

We have rejigged our 2020 program, moving projects into semester two, but these dates are subject to change as COVID-19 develops and the University makes new decisions about events on campus. Please watch this space for more details about STF 2020.


Moat Festival

4 - 22 March, with a special Launch event on Friday 28 February 2020.

The Moat Festival is an annual showcase of some exceptional emerging talent at La Trobe University. The festival was launched in 1984 by then Vice-Chancellor J.F. Scott as an initiative to bring the University and the public together to participate in the performing arts. He viewed this first Moat Festival as an experiment to remove the intellectual barriers of higher education, a way to add a little to the life of the University.

Moat Festival is the longest continuously running student theatre festival in Australia. 2020 marks the 36th Moat Festival! Read more about Moat Fest 2020 here.


Re-Moat Festival

18 - 22 May 2020.
As the world stays home, STF moves online! Re-Moat Fest 2020 is a completely virtual arts festival. Read more about Re-Moat Fest 2020 here.

The rest of our 2020 season is to be confirmed as restrictions are eased in Victoria and on campus due to Covid-19. Please watch this space!

Slot One

3 - 8 August 2020.
Due to COVID-19, we postponed two of our Moat Fest 2020 shows to semester two. 'Art' and The Illusion will be restaged during this very special, and hopefully not an annual event, of slot one!

Short Works

5 - 9 August 2020.
A collection of short student written plays, produced and presented by students. Submissions for scripts are open now! We are looking for scripts, songs, skits, films, or other works in short-form over this semester. 
Don't know where to start? Shoot us an email on and we can chat all things script-writing.  


Activate Season

21 August - 5 September 2020.
A season of performance that pushes the boundaries of theatre and art. Submissions for productions, exhibitions, and other events are now open! To submit an idea, shoot us an email on

Cabaret Show

13 - 17 October 2020.
A themed season of music and comedy.

Other Projects

Have a project, event, or idea that you would like to pursue outside of our 2020 program? Get in touch with us to discuss further.