Classes run throughout the week at various locations...you are bound to find a class that suits you.
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R750 per 10 week term
From 3 years - All ages
Drama Lessons for Everyone
The Helen O'Grady Drama Academy is an international Drama school that aims to give students on-going confidence and skills in verbal communications. Students attend our afternoon or weekend extra-curricula classes for an hour a week.
We use a highly developed curriculum that has been constantly evolving since 1979. Its established, and drama practitioners from around the world are constantly writing new material or us.
Age appropriate classes
We separate our classes into groups and thus the curriculum is age appropriate.
Kindy: 3-4 year olds
Lower Primary Drama Classes: 5-8 year olds
Upper Primary Drama Classes: 9-12 year olds
Youth Theatre Drama Classes: 13-18 year olds
Adult Drama Classes: 18 years and older
Every term aims to develop students. In Term 2 our students present a showcase for their parents and friends. In term 4 students perform their very own production at the Roodepoort Theatre.
We are community based and are thus very affordable and accessible. We have studios across Johannesburg at various easy-to-access locations. Our fees are only R750 per a 10 week term and there are no extra costs to join.
We award our students, not on accolades and talent, but rather on commitment. Students win certificates for a years attendance, a bronze medal for 2 years, Silver for 3 years, Gold for 4 years and a trophy for 5 years of commitment. Loads of students win awards as every lesson is different and students never repeat lessons...thus the lessons are fun and jam-packed with activities!
Our classes are practical-based and students love learning:
• Acting skills and techniques
• Speech training and vocal warmups
• Staging and blocking skills
• Improvisational Skills
• Script work
• Character Development
• Performance Arts Skills
• Skills in Verbal Communications
I have been running my Academy in Johannesburg for 10 years now, and have been teaching for the Academy for 12 years. I have my Cum Laude Honors Degree in Drama and performance Studies.
All our Teachers have their Drama Degrees and have been trained in the Helen O'Grady system. Our Teacher Assistants are currently studying for their Drama degrees and are previous students of our Academy. We want to give our past students an opportunity thus we give them a platform of assisting our teachers in class.
I absolutely love teaching Drama.
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Submitted on Tuesday, 11th July 2017at 09:56:39 AM
We would highly recommend the Helen O’Grady Academy to any parent considering exposing their child or children to the world of drama. Since our son has been involved in the drama classes offered by Kerry Chapman over the past 2 years, we have seen our son truly transform. The difference that the drama classes has made and the development we have seen in our son, is absolutely remarkable! We have seen an improvement in skills, an increase in his deep passion for acting, including the overall development of his social & presentation skills. Not only has there been a significant improvement and huge progress in his acting capability & skill-set, but he is also challenged in the weekly classes to try and better as well as broaden his range of acting skills & techniques…
We are truly grateful & thankful for what the Academy & Kerry Chapman has offered & exposed our son too!
Submitted on Tuesday, 20th June 2017at 05:09:20 AM
My two boys used to be shy and reserved when they were young. We then made a decision to send them to the Helen O Grady Drama Academy which happened to be based just next door to our house.
The boys have not looked back since. They have developed into fine young men that express themselves with ease. Going for their drama class is always something the boys look forward to. At school the boys have become the best drama students in their grades.
I have personally been impressed by the annual productions and I always look forward to all the kids give their brilliant performances on this annual event.
Thank you Kerry for the difference you have brought to our kids. We really appreciate.
Submitted on Monday, 19th June 2017at 11:39:02 AM
As a small enrichment school I like to bring in activities that achieve more than just one goal. I also like to bring in the best that I can find and Kerry was the only person I wanted to have as part of our team. Drama brings a richness to our curriculum and the Helen O’Grady Programme is perfect for developing confidence, pride in the words we speak, confidence in exploring imagination and creative ideas, personal space, group accountability, social connection, auditory timing and awareness, visual-motor integration and movement. Kerry is wonderful with our children from Grade 1 all the way to Grade 7. She builds them up and holds their space in a way that makes them feel safe and confident. This is an activity I continue every year as part of our weekly timetable because it is so powerful. – Lauren Edmunds, Principal Omatas Learning Centre, Northcliff
Submitted on Thursday, 15th June 2017at 02:11:11 PM
“My child Meredith has been doing drama with Kerry for 9+ years and it has benefited her immensely! The classes have helped Meredith come out of her shell and grow into a confident teenager. She has had so much fun and thoroughly enjoyed her time with Kerry at Helen O Grady Drama Academy.”
Submitted on Thursday, 15th June 2017at 12:19:22 PM
My daughter started drama classes with Kerry when she was in grade 2. I thought that drama would help her to gain confidence in herself and she would have the added benefit of learning to speak in public for school speeches. She got so much more than that, she found acceptance. And although she will never be a great thespian, Kerry has supported and encouraged her every lesson and every year to keep her coming back each week, with just enough expectation and a load of acceptance. Thank you Kerry for what your program does but so much more thanks for what you do. – Lauren Edmunds