Our Teachers

Why choose a Helen O’Grady Drama Group for your child?

Teachers from Helen O Grady

Helen O’Grady Teachers

All our staff are qualified, professional teachers and undergo intensive and ongoing training in delivering the curriculum, so that every child is fully involved and motivated throughout every lesson. Each lesson is carefully created and planned to appeal to each separate age group and to help every student’s self development through a structured and stimulating syllabus and in a non-competitive and supportive environment.

Information about individual teachers can be found in our Teacher Biographies and on the location page related to their classes.  To see some of the wonderful feedback we receive from parents, view our Testimonials.

Your child’s safety

At Helen O’Grady Drama Academy, we understand the safety of your child is paramount, so we make sure all our teachers are trained to the highest standard, are CRB checked and are monitored on regular occasions.

A structured curriculum for children aged 5 – 17

We have a carefully constructed drama system, implemented by qualified and experienced teachers, all trained in the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy. All students attend a one hour lesson, each week of the school year. The drama school’s curriculum is structured in such a way that children may join drama classes at the age of five and stay until they are seventeen and never repeat a lesson.

Carefully constructed drama classes in Croydon area

Each lesson is carefully planned. Our curriculum includes introductory activities, speech, verbal dynamics, creative movement, movement to music, language development, structured improvisation, dialogue development, snippets, scene starters, mini-scripts, parent day presentations and end of year productions.

Parents highly recommend our teachers:

Helen O Grady teachers  perform

Our teachers on stage!

“Just to say thank you for all you have done for my daughter. She has gained so much confidence and it was wonderful seeing her in the show.”

“Can we just say a big thank you to all the staff for their hard work. The performances this year were outstanding and it was good to see the children’s confidence growing.”

“Many thanks for all the hard work you and the teachers have put in, not to mention the confidence and speaking skills you have helped my daughter to develop over the years.”

“My daughter has come on in leaps and bounds this year at school with her communication skills and it has been noted by her teachers. I do feel a lot of it is down to the drama class and can’t thank you enough in helping her to become a more confident and sociable child.”

“I really hadn’t imagined what a positive impact drama classes would have on my son. However, when I saw his performance, I saw in front of me the evidence of the fantastic work you all do at Helen O’Grady Drama Academy.”

Our Principal

Ian Brown – Franchisee of the Year 2002

Ian Brown principal of Helen O Grady drama school

Ian was one of the first Principals to join the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy when it was introduced into the UK in 1994 and is delighted to be celebrating his 20th anniversary with the organisation.

His interest in drama goes back to when he was a teenager, watching shows performed by the old boys’ drama society at his school. He joined the group as soon as he left university and has never stopped acting and directing since then, including some occasional work as a professional actor.

His degree in French and German, gained at the University of Salford, followed by a P.G.C.E. from Goldsmiths College, London, led him to teach the languages in a senior school for some years. Then Ian saw an advert in his local paper and it led to him: “….finding a job to which I was perfectly suited. It allows me to live my life exactly as I like and I love being able to help so many children develop and gain confidence. I have watched so many, many children grow in self-esteem. It is wonderful seeing those who can barely speak when they arrive, later performing confidently on stage,” Ian says.

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Age ranges

We offer our theatre training and children's acting classes to the following age ranges:

Lower primary - 5 to 7 years old
Upper primary - 8 to 11 years old
Youth theatre - 12 to 17 years old

Find your nearest drama club today by calling 020 8667 9812 or Enrol now

Important dates

Summer Term 2022
Monday 25th April - Saturday 23rd July
Half Term Monday 30th May – Saturday 4th June

Parent Days
A chance to see your child in action during a class, usually in the last 3 weeks of term. Dates will be emailed to all parents/carers.