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 is a favourite amongst parents. Established in 2006, Super Speak’s award-winning curriculum 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 to children across Australia. Classes are appropriate for children of all confidence and skill levels. Speak well, perform and achieve at Super Speak!
Enrolments are now open so get in touch to secure a place for your child.
To find out more visit Super Speak.
2. Shopfront Arts Co-op
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. Supported by practising, professional artists, Shopfront has been giving kids and teens a voice for over four decades and encouraging them to express themselves freely through bold, ambitious artistic projects.
Shopfront workshops are designed for young creatives aged 8-19 and build essential life skills like self‑confidence, imagination, cooperation, empathy and communication. Classes include Drama and Performance, Film-making, Technical Theatre and Movement.
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.
This year, Shopfront is introducing BUNDLE packages so the more workshops you attend, the more you save! Plus you can book a FREE trial.
Find out more and see the full schedule at Shopfront.
2. Helen O’Grady
The Helen O-Grady Drama Academy is the world’s foremost developmental drama provider! Children aged between 5-17+ years can engage in after-school and Saturday drama classes in one of their multiple studios across Sydney. Not only will children be encouraged to get creative, but they will develop life skills through these drama programs with a mission to help prepare them for life after school. Helen O’Grady’s qualified teachers bring out the best in all students, with programs that will stimulate your child’s social skills, confidence and creativity, equipping them to face life’s adventures with a little imagination. Read our review.
3. The Joan
The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre offers a fantastic Starting Out drama program for children aged 5-8 years of age. Starting Out is the perfect introduction to the world of acting and performing, and a great place to have fun and get creative! During these sessions filled with fun and exhilarating creative play, the professional tutors at The Joan will lead children on a journey of discovery covering the fundamentals of contemporary performance techniques including acting, storytelling and stagecraft, and help them develop confidence, stamina and creative imagination every young actor needs.
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. StarTime Studios
Lights, camera, action! StarTime Studios is a Sydney based performing arts school for kids and young people - helping them shine on stage and behind the scenes. The school offers filmmaking courses to develop skills, musical theatre programs for singers, dancers and actors, film festivals to showcase work and holiday programs for intensive learning.
Find out more about their professional programs at StarTime Studios.
7. 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.
Find out more about PAC's kids and teen classes at Parramatta Actors Centre.
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