Monday, 28 May 2018


The Helen O'Grady Drama Academy has a unique and special way of building incredible learning outcomes into the curriculum without placing performance pressure on our students!  A fair amount of role play takes place in each lesson - sometimes scripted and sometimes improvised, and sometimes individually and sometimes in pair or groups.  Role play is incredibly powerful when it comes to nurturing skills, and eventually learning outcomes, such as social awareness; problem solving; team work; awareness of one's natural responses as well as awareness of how others respond in situations; building compassion and empathy; leadership and many more.  All these skills are crucial in ensuring our children become young adults able to function well in society, and adapt to an ever-changing and challenging world.

To find out more about our classes:  041 - 367 1210 or or   

Wednesday, 26 July 2017


At school, our children are coached extensively on reading, writing and numeracy. Lessons, worksheets, tests, homework, exams, assignments, projects... all these activities focus on being able to read, being able express one's self in writing, and being able to work with numbers. And then, twice or three times a term, our children are expected to stand up in front of their peers and SPEAK... express themselves verbally, often in their second or third language. This is enough to induce panic attacks in children and parents alike! 

Coaching in verbal communication is something that is sorely lacking in many schools and yet, communicating with confidence is a vital life skill. Exposing our children to building confidence and communication skills will empower them to tackle any social or formal situation that comes their way with aplomb. At the Helen O'Grady Drama Academy, our prime aim is just that - to build confidence and communication skills in our students, using an international, award-winning drama programme as the learning medium. Classes are fun and constructive, and allow every student to develop in an non-intimidating and creative atmosphere. 

For more information, see  Helen O'Grady Drama Academy or contact us on 0413671210 and 

Monday, 22 February 2016

Celebrating Success!

"My daughter is one of your breeds - Helen O' Grady Drama Academy instilled confidence, communication skills and the ability to speak her heart with boldness at all times! She was with the Academy in Uitenhage for 6 yrs and she's our drama queen in the house! Thank you, Helen O'Grady Drama Academy, for what you have instilled in her. It can never be taken away!"

This is the heartfelt testimony of a happy mum from one of our studios in Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage. And there are countless others like it! Our students benefit long term from the confidence and self-esteem that they gain from our international, developmental programme. 

Classes run from Monday to Saturday, in locations across Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage. For more information, call 041 367 1210, or have a look at our website: 

Wednesday, 20 May 2015


Being creative is all about the process that takes place to transform thought into action, to transform dream into reality, and concept to product.  Being creative in one's head only, without producing anything concrete is simply being imaginative!  Teaching our students, in the Helen O'Grady Drama Academy, to transform good ideas into ACTion on stage is a huge part of our curriculum.  Within the structure of an incredibly well thought-out curriculum, we train our students to imagine, to create and to present!  For many children, some of, if not all of these steps, can be daunting.  Our well trained teachers have specific methods that they employ to motivate and assist children to imagine scenarios, create those scenarios and then present them in class.  The pleasure and sense of achievement that our students experience as they conqueror these steps is magnificent! 

Being able to imagine, create and present in our structured and stimulating classes leads our students on to being able to imagine, create and present in other areas of their lives.  Reading, creative writing and public speaking improve for many children as a result.  Even problem solving in maths and understanding context in social sciences improves.

Our structured creativity genuinely stimulates all-round learning.

For more detail, contact our office on 041 367 /

Classes run every day, across Port Elizabeth and in Uitenhage, from Monday to Saturday, for ages 3 - 18 years.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Nurturing Confidence, Teaching Success

It is incredible what success can do for our souls! Experiencing failure can often lead to further failure, as we become accustomed to a certain type of outcome. And it is the same with success - experiencing success leads us to recreate further successful experiences! Taking our students through successful Parent Presentations sets them up for success in other areas. Creating a successful experiences nurtures their self confidence and teaches them to believe in themselves. We can achieve so much when we believe in ourselves and our abilities! 

Preparing our students for successful presentations is just another step towards setting them up for SUCCESS in life!

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Confidence On Show!

Four primary aged classes performed their hearts out for proud family members at Erica Girls' Primary yesterday! There were many students for whom yesterday's performance was the first time they had been on stage, and the first time they had performed solo for their loved ones. It was incredible to see the sense of achievement growing in the students during the course of the afternoon, as well as the pride on the faces of those observing!

Our programme is extremely popular at Erica Girls' and, after almost a decade at the school, our four classes are still full to over flowing! 

For more information on where your child can attend classes, see our website or phone our office on 0413671210. Building confidence and strong communication skills is what we specialise in, and it is our joy to see our students equipped and empowered!

Monday, 26 May 2014

Parent Days Approach!

Excitement is high in classes as our teachers and students prepare to host their parents, friends and family at classes at the end of term!

Each Primary aged class will present a workshop-type demonstration, showing a cross section of work that the students cover in class during the term.  Speech work, movement, improvisation and script work will all be shown off to visitors!

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Training New Principals

It is always a privilege to train new Principals at our wonderful Head office here at the Helen O'Grady Drama Academy in Port Elizabeth!  Recently, Bronwyn Stammer joined us for a week of Induction Training as she prepares to take over as Principal of the established Garden Route Academy.  In addition to administrative training, we were able to host Bronwyn at several drama classes across PE, including Nasruddin; Al Azhar; Linton Grange; Sanctor; Triomf; Walmer and Erica were she was able to see our amazing, self-development programme in action. 

Wednesday, 9 April 2014


Our Kindy Drama Programme caters for ages 5 - 8 year olds. We have several classes running in Port Elizabeth, including at the Al Azhar Islamic Institute. Our teachers are available to travel to pre-school classes during the mornings, enhancing the curriculum with an international, developmental drama programme.

Our classes aim to build confidence and communication skills - essential life skills for every child! Activities covered are speech, to build good speech habits; story telling; songs and rhymes; role play; creative movement & mime; etc. As always, our classes are fun!

For more information, see or contact Vicky on 0836522443 /

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Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Production Training Complete - Ready, Set, ACTion!

Our amazing team of teachers (see them below, at a training event!) has completed their Year End Production Training, and are ready to bring action-packed plays to the Port Elizabeth studios of the Helen O'Grady Drama Academy!  We are so proud of our productions - every single student in the Academy gets to perform in their class play, and every single student in the Academy gets to make a valuable contribution to the end product.  Productions will happen at the Savoy Theatre in November, and rehearsals will begin during the course of this week, next week and the week after.  

Our productions are an amazing end to a year of building confidence and communication skills.  Watching the results in our students as they participate in their class productions is incredible!  To have your child join us now to participate in one of these plays, simply call 041 367 1210, or check us out on .

Monday, 19 August 2013

Drama Grows Confidence

We are so proud to continually receive wonderful testimonies from happy parents, just like the one below! As our students diligently attend our classes each week, their confidence and communication skills continue to grow. It is so rewarding for our teachers to see the difference that they are making in the lives of their students week by week.

Classes run from Monday to Friday across Port Elizabeth and in Uitenhage
- there is a studio near you! See our website for full details, as well as an online Enrolment Form.

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