Helen O’Grady Drama Academy -
Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any other questions - please feel free to get in touch with your local Helen O’Grady Drama Principal for a friendly, obligation-free chat.

Where is my nearest Studio?

Locating your nearest Studio has never been easier, simply place your post code into the 'Locate a Studio' input box located to the right of the screen. This will take you to your nearest studio with all the contact details, times and the Principals name who you will be talking with.

What age range do you cover?

We accept students from above 5 years to 17+, usually grouped around three age ranges. Check the academy profile that is closest to you for specific details.  Some Academies run specific classes for preschool children.

What times are the classes?

  • Most classes are held within the hours of 4.00 to 7.00pm with the younger groupings attending first.
  • Each class lasts one hour
  • Classes for each Academy are set out in the specific location details

How much do lessons cost?

Fees may be paid on an Annual or Semester basis or by Term, in advance. The Term fee per student for 2019 $199.00. Family discounts apply for two or more students attending. Please speak with your local Principal.

Are your teachers qualified?

All Principals and teachers in the Academy have relevant qualifications and receive training and ongoing professional development. Added to this, each Academy Principal either presents or attends classes regularly to ensure that the highest standards are maintained at all times.
Each Principal and teacher holds the appropriate Working with Children approval.

Do you offer free trials?

Our continuing experience is that more than one attendance is necessary to assess whether the Helen O'Grady environment works for your child.

Our Academies do organise regular 'taster' sessions and also may offer special workshops at holiday times to introduce potential new students to the benefits of the Helen O'Grady environment.

Do you have a structured curriculum?

Yes we do. As our focus and passion is to provide a lasting educational experience generally and in the performing arts. The curriculum is structure on an annual basis and cycled to provide a potential for young people to attend for more than 10 years.

We follow the School Year and Terms.  We break our programme into two Semesters each having two terms.  At the end of the first Semester there is an in-studio presentation of learned skills.  At the end of the second Semester a short scripted ensemble production is held, most often in a performing Arts venue.

Are your classes open to all?

The Helen O’Grady environment provides social and emotional learning for our students, to better prepare them for the challenges of school and life in general. However, the structured and equal value environment requires full participation by each student. Although we make every effort to meet individual requirements, the environment my not suit every individual. If you have a child with special needs please speak with the Principal about a trial period.

Are we able to join a class mid-term or mid-year?

In most cases, young people can join in during the Term or part way through the year. Your local Principal will be pleased to work with you to find the best option for your particular circumstances.

Do children need to have any drama experience to join?

No prior experience is necessary for our classes to be enjoyed or for benefit to be gained.

Do you have a system of awards?

We provide a non-competitive environment, where each student is able to develop at their own pace.
  • We do recognise commitment in the form of certificates for completing each Academy year. 
  • We do recognise milestones in attendance with individually named keepsakes. 
  • In certain circumstances Academies may provide recognition of a particular development activity.

Do you have classes during the school holidays?

Individual Academies do hold special programs, workshops or sessions during school holidays. Contact your local Principal for details.

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