The Best Drama Schools For Kids In Sydney
Whether you’re convinced that your child is the next triple threat to hit Broadway or you just want to give them a creative outlet, help them make new friends, build their confidence or boost their self-esteem, a drama class could be the perfect way to do it.
Here are our favourite drama schools in Sydney.
The Best Drama Schools For Kids In Sydney
1. Super Speak
This high-energy and fun public speaking and drama program for children aged 6-14, Super Speak was established in 2006 and offers an award-winning curriculum that combines both structured public speaking and creative drama to teach children a broad range of practical skills. This helps them to become more confident, creative and capable communicators for life. Super Speak’s experienced teaching team sets them apart. They are qualified, skilled and supported by Principal Vicki Skyring (BA, BEd, ATCL, LTCL, Trinity College London). You can rest assured your child is in the best hands!
Super Speak runs live and interactive weekly classes online in small groups for children across Australia. Classes are appropriate for children of all confidence and skill levels. Enrolments are now open so get in touch to secure a place for your child. Speak well, perform and achieve at Super Speak!
The renowned Australian Theatre for Young People is a mecca for drama workshops during school holidays and weekly throughout the year, as well as hosting Young Industry Studio programs for more experienced creatives to learn from industry experts and take their skills to the next level.
Designed to encourage and engage young thespians in all areas of performance, ATYP's popular weekly classes are led by experienced professionals and include a drama ensemble, screen acting, and monologue and scene work. Their high-quality courses adopt a learning-by-doing philosophy that gives young people the opportunity to collaborate on their own shows and perform in front of an audience. Their workshops will boost their confidence and inspire their creative expression in a supportive environment with like-minded peers. ATYP also offers a diverse range of fun school holiday programs from Puppet Play for little ones to Screen Acting for teens.
Acclaimed as Sydney's only cross-art form organisation led by and dedicated to the artistry of young people, Shopfront is the home of youth arts. Shopfront workshops and productions are supported by practicing, professional artists, and have been giving kids and teens a voice for over four decades. The team at Shopfront encourages young people to express themselves freely through bold, ambitious artistic projects.
Shopfront workshops are designed for young creatives aged 8-18 and build essential life skills like self‑confidence, imagination, cooperation, empathy and communication. Classes include Drama and Performance, Film-making, Dance, Singing, Technical Theatre and more.
Shopfront nurtures an inclusive community of artists through a process of collaborative art-making that is social, political and empowering. The not-for-profit co-op provides a safe and supportive space for emerging performers to develop their creative practice and feel confident using their voices from a young age.
The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), based in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs (Kensington) and operating from multiple locations across the Greater Sydney region, offers a range of performing arts courses and experiences for children and young people aged 2–18 years.
NIDA offers everything from Creative Play for pre-schoolers to the Next Stage advanced theatre program for primary and high school students in grades 3–10 as well as HSC drama performance for grades 11–12. During the school term and school holidays, there is a program designed to suit all interests and experience levels, from introductory through to advanced programs in a variety of disciplines, including drama, acting on screen, public speaking, TV presenting, filmmaking, design, writing and much more.
5. Actor's Pulse
Calling all thespians! Immerse yourself in the leading Meisner technique acting school in the southern hemisphere at Actor's Pulse, offering a range of acting classes for stage and screen to build outstanding actors with the right skills to succeed in the industry. This technique encourages the child to "get out of their head" and truly become the character.
Actor's Pulse works with their students to create real, moving, authentic performances, across stage, film and television. They have a wide range of courses that cover film, stage, television, voice and movement.
6. Parramatta Actors Centre
The perfect place to learn about stage and screen, Parramatta Actors Centre is an exciting school in the heart of Parramatta offering kids and teens a chance to develop their confidence through acting. Classes at PAC are divided into school year groups (Years 4-6, Years 7-9, and Years 10-12) and are offered after school and also during school holidays.
Co-founded by actor Nisrine Amine, PAC is not only a way for youth to develop peer interaction and learn about the exciting world of stage and screen, but PAC also offers industry-specific classes in audition techniques and camera acting for those young actors with aspirations of turning their hobby into a career in the future.
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