Development Through Drama
Operating in 10 locations around Southampton the Academy has become one of the leading drama schools in the area with over 300 members, making it one of the largest community-based organisations. Worldwide, the Academy currently has over 40,000 students attending classes each week and was originally founded in Australia in 1979 by Helen O’Grady, an actress and teacher. Helen O’Grady recognised the great benefits of drama in developing confidence, self-esteem and verbal communication skills and devised a dynamic curriculum spanning the 5 – 17 age range for this purpose.
Lesley Effemey, the Principal of the Academy, said: “I am really thrilled at the response to our affordable drama classes in Southampton. We take a very naturalist approach to teaching drama and we are very keen to develop the individual needs of all our children. The children here are friendly and ‘sparky’ which makes the classes great fun. We have already achieved many terrific things with our students and it is quite evident the programme is developing confidence and self-esteem in young people in our area.
“We believe in nurturing the innate talents of all our students, using highly experienced and fully vetted teachers. All the Academy’s teachers undergo extensive training in the Helen O’Grady curriculum and teaching methods to ensure each student is encouraged in a warm, positive learning environment. Students can progress through the Academy without ever repeating a lesson.”
All students attend a one-hour lesson, each week of the school year. In the summer term all the students begin rehearsing a short, scripted play, devised for their particular age-group, which is performed to a public audience. This is a highlight of the Academy’s year and reflects the talents and the skills of the students and their teachers.
To find out about this unique programme, contact the office in Southampton on 0845 226 8117. E-mail: email@example.com. Web: www.helenogrady.co.uk.
Office address: 14 Deerleap Way, New Milton, Hampshire, BH25 5EU.