Fun & Inspiring Drama classes held in locations across the UK & Worldwide
Helping young people’s development age 5-17
The Helen O’Grady Drama Academy is the only
organisation of its kind in the UK and had its origins in
Australia many years ago.
In 1979, Helen O’Grady, a trained teacher, drama teacher
and actress, hired a hall in a Perth suburb and commenced
after school drama classes for children. Her aims were to
provide a self-development through drama programme for
children, to encourage:
- Enthusiasm, energy and a positive approach to life
- Ongoing confidence
- Self esteem
- Skill in verbal communication
- Effective social interaction
Why our parents and students love what we do
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.
Parent, North London
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 our stunning curriculum.
Executive Principal, Alison Mazanec, Bristol
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
My daughter attends the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy in St. Helens. 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.
Parent, St. Helens
Luca had a wonderful time! He has always had an amazing imagination and it has always amazed me the lengths he goes too. I am so glad he enjoyed yesterday and as you can see from the picture he is ever so pleased with his badge. 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 Derbyshire 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.
Parent, South Wales
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National Director’s Award 2016
Franchisee Of The Year Award 2016