The Helen O'Grady Drama Academy was started by Helen O' Grady in August 1979 in Perth Australia. Thirty years later the Academy has over 50 000,00 students attending classes each week across the globe! Using an international curriculum the Academy aims to develop confidence, self esteem, communication and performance skills.
We run classes in Annlin, Brooklyn, Beaulieu,Faerie Glen, Irene, Laudium, Lindo Park,Sagewood,Wierda Park
O'Grady Drama Academy was originally founded in 1979 in Australia, when Helen
O'Grady, a trained teacher, TV presenter and actress, hired a hall and
commenced affordable after school drama classes for young people from 5-18
years of age.
provide a self-development drama programme encouraging:
Enthusiasm, energy and a positive approach to life
Skill in verbal communication
Effective social interaction
40 years later
her legacy continues, and the Helen O'Grady Drama System has now become the
largest worldwide drama school of its kind with branches in 40 countries.
In 1996, the first
franchise was started in South Africa, 23 years later there are 12 centres and 6,000
students attending lessons each week. Right here in Pretoria, Principal, Juliet
Jordaan has been running the academy for 10 years, and going from strength to
“If young people are having fun when they are
learning, the chances are that the skills taught will remain with them forever.
Never has it been as important as it is now to set children up for life and
prepare them with the life-skills so needed today and in the future.” - Juliet
Jordaan (Principal, Helen O’Grady Drama Academy Midrand & Pretoria)
teachers, we are not aiming at creating award winning actors, but rather on
developing life skills and cultivating a love for theatre and performance. If
we are lucky, we might plant the seed that one day will lead to a handful of
students pursuing a career in the performing arts. To help a young person find
their passion and to witness that discovery is incredibly rewarding.
But for the
most part, helping kids to learn to love theatre and the performing arts,
understand the hard work and dedication that goes into a theatrical production
and respecting those who choose to follow such a path, is a major win in my
We have just
started rehearsals for our year end plays, and the children are very enthusiastic
about putting this show together and performing it.
excitement and somewhat nervous anticipation of being on stage, with costumes,
lights and music is palpable. Watching their faces light up when they remember
their lines and get the dance steps right and how proud they are of themselves
and each other is a sure sign that this generation might just fall in love with
theatre yet and perhaps one day, with any luck, these will be the audiences
supporting our local talent and taking their children to the annual Panto, musical