The Best Drama Schools For Kids In Sydney

  • Preschoolers

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.

1. Helen O’Grady

Helen O’Grady
Enhance a diverse range of your child's skills at The Helen O'Grady Drama Academy.


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.

2. Super Speak

Super Speak
A first-rate drama program will build confidence and creativity at Super Speak.


This high energy and fun public speaking & 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 & creative drama to teach children a broad range of practical skills. This helps them to become more confident, creative & capable communicators for life. Super Speak’s experienced teaching team sets them apart. They are qualified, skilled and supported by Principal Vicki Skyring (BA, B Ed, ATCL, LTCL, Trinity College London). You can rest assured your child is in the best hands!

Super Speak run live & interactive weekly classes online in small groups to children across Australia. Classes are appropriate for children of all confidence & skill levels. Speak Well, Perform & 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.

3. The Joan

The Joan
Creative and contemporary, The Joan is the ideal introduction to the world of performing.


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 Joan’s professional tutors will lead children on a journey of discovery covering the fundamentals of contemporary performance technique including acting, storytelling and stagecraft, and help them develop the confidence, stamina and creative imagination every young actor needs.


NIDA is Australia’s leading institution for dramatic arts education and training

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

Actor's Pulse
Meisner technique, anyone?


Calling all thespians! Immerse yourself in the leading Meisner technique acting school in the southern hemisphere 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 work 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

Star Time Studios
From filmmaking to musical theatre, StarTime Studios is a performing arts school with clout!


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 singer/dancer/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

Parramatta Actors Centre
The perfect place to learn about stage and screen, PAC will give kids and teens the opportunity to build their confidence through acting.


Parramatta Actors Centre is an exciting new venture 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 Year 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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