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
One of the things we like most about teaching
Drama is the fact that we teach invaluable life skills, but the students are
totally unaware of all that they are learning. They are just having fun, using
their imaginations, acting silly, playing pretend and living out their
fantasies. It’s a bit like hiding ever offensive veggies like broccoli and
brussel sprouts under mountains of creamy, cheesy sauce – you get all the good
stuff, but you are enjoying it so much, you don’t even notice.
(With thanks to HOG India)
One of our favourite parts
of our incredible Curriculum is the “Snippet”
– this is a short improvised play performed in groups of 2 – 5. Students have
to come up with a story following set directions. It is absolutely amazing what
our Drama students of all ages come up with when they are given an opportunity
to delve into their own fantasy world and present it to others. The teamwork,
planning and self-imposed discipline that goes into the preparation for a
Snippet is quite impressive. We clearly see leaders emerge and problem solving
in action. Even the introverted children have to be part of the final product.
The enthusiasm and praise from their classmates after they perform is such a
boost, especially for these shy ones.
Such Personal development supports academic
learning, by the children becoming more well-rounded, well-adjusted and
confident to excel in all areas of learning.