Every child is unique and at the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy all of our students are treated equally and given the opportunity to shine, regardless of their level of confidence or ability. We avoid auditions and ensure all our students feel encouraged and nurtured within our classes, enabling them to develop at their own pace.
With a focus on personalisation, each teacher at the Academy seeks to gradually integrate their students within the group until they are fully immersed in the fun classroom environment and unaware of any inhibitions they may have had before joining us.
Our teachers interact with the students in an energetic and engaging way to capture their students’ attention and encourage creativity. We aim to make our hour-long sessions an exciting and fun-packed environment for students where they are able to develop social interaction and communication skills, engage creatively and express themselves confidently, both physically and vocally.
Our specially written curriculum and specialist teacher training ensures our students have a balanced, fun-filled lesson every week. Although the structure remains the same each week, each lesson is different and, with the different age groups offered, a child can join the Academy at five years of age and stay until they are 18 without ever repeating a lesson.
Age groups cover:
- Lower Primary – 5 to 8 years
- Upper Primary – 9 to 11 years
- Youth Theatre – 12 years plus
To create fun and inspiring drama classes for children. Classes held in locations across Canada and Worldwide. Helping people of all ages to develop dramatically.
To provide a varied and uplifting drama programme for children, increasing their confidence and self-esteem while having fun and making friends.
The Academy year for each age group is made up of three terms, each term concentrates on developmental drama that builds your child’s confidence throughout the year with the final term culminating in a staged performance.
Many schools now offer ‘Kindy Drama’, a pre-school programme for 3 and 4 year olds.
“I would highly recommend this class”
My daughter attends the Helen O' Grady Drama Academy in St. Helens, UK. Since joining, her confidence has grown and she looks forward to her lesson each week. Her lovely teacher, Andrea, has nothing but praise for her and is leading her into becoming a talented drama student. I would highly recommend this class.
Luca had a wonderful time! He has always had an amazing imagination and it has always amazed me the lengths he goes to. I am so glad he enjoyed yesterday, he really cannot wait to return next week. He is already thinking about costumes he has that he can wear! Thank you.
Thank you for being instrumental in improving Tamsyn's confidence and for the great opportunities she has had in the shows. She has REALLY enjoyed herself. She is looking forward to the opportunities Redland High will give her for drama and I know she will enjoy herself all the more because of the grounding you have given her.
My children attend the Helen O'Grady Drama Academy and I am overwhelmed by everything the academy has given my children; confidence, fun, memories, excitement and belief in themselves. Thank you so much!
Thank you Helen O'Grady: Our son has been going to the academy for a number of years and what a difference it has made to his speech and confidence. Our boy is 11 and has oral dyspraxia, which affects his ability to speak clearly and his short term memory. He loves his drama and is very outgoing. He wants to get involved in the drama lessons and annual plays that his primary school put on, but has been held back because of his dyspraxia and has never had a speaking part. Helen O'Grady has been awesome, the staff are so helpful and understanding of our son's difficulty and he has always had a proper speaking part, even during the early years. Thank you Helen O'Grady for helping our son thrive and grow into a confident young man.
In school assemblies and plays, my son, Stefan was usually relegated to the background. He was bright but lacked the confidence to speak up and be heard. Since being at the academy, Stefan has bloomed and consequently had major parts in each successive school assembly. Thank you so much for instilling in my son the confidence to let his voice be heard and his presence be felt. Such confidence will be invaluable as he grows up and will help to prepare him for every aspect of life.
I am very grateful to be working with such positive people. The family of the Helen O'Grady Drama Academy is spread so far and wide. How wonderful knowing we are all linked together by our passion to help children develop and believe in themselves through are stunning curriculum.
Alison Mazanec - Executive Principal
Thank you for everything. In 10 years you have changed me from a shy young boy to a confident young man.
Through the programme thousands and thousands of young people find their voice, generate self-belief, become generous participants in life and experience much fun and fulfilment along the way!
Helen O' Grady - Founder
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