About us

Learn more about the Helen O'Grady Drama Academy

The Helen O’Grady Drama Academy provides children’s drama classes across South West London.

The Academy was established over 35 years ago in Australia. Our programme now runs in 28 different countries with 50,000 children attending classes each week, making it the most popular drama curriculum in the World. We’ve been running in the UK for over 20 years and have 45 different branches, with over 15,000 children attending our wonderful classes every week!

Helen O’Grady South West London is dedicated to providing children aged 4-16 with speaking, listening, language and social skills as well as improving their self-esteem and confidence. We do this using a variety of techniques in our Drama Classes.

Our one-hour classes are held throughout South West London, in Balham, Clapham, Tooting Bec, Stockwell and Southfields.
Developmental drama

Reach new heights with our curriculum

Our curriculum is specifically designed to develop children’s speech, confidence and communication skills.

Each of our lesson are carefully planned. The curriculum includes introductory activities, speech, verbal dynamics, creative movement, mimes to music, language development, structured improvisation, dialogue development, snippets, scene starters, mini-scripts, dress-up days, parent day presentations and end of year productions on a main stage!

Our classes

Our classes will help:

  • Children who need a confidence boost

  • Aspiring young performers who want to develop their acting talents

  • Young people who feel shy about talking in front of or to others

  • Children for whom English is a second language

  • Youngsters who would like to improve their social skills

  • Children who want to have fun & make new friends!

Our teachers

Teaching drama is our passion

All Principals and teachers have undergone extensive training in Helen O’Grady curriculum and teaching methods and, naturally, all are DBS checked.

 

Our specialist trained teachers will help to nurture your child’s development and bring out their full potential using positive re-enforcement, praise and encouragement.  

 

LUCIE SHERWOOD, Principal

After completing a Master's in Applied Theatre at the University of Kent with first class honours, Lucie moved to London to pursue her passion in teaching drama to children. With over ten years' experience in teaching Drama both in the UK and overseas, Lucie has been Principal to the South West London branch since September 2013, and is now involved in the curriculum writing for the Academy's international drama programme. She also delivers courses aimed at helping international students to learn English through drama.

 

Lucie caught the performing bug at a young age. She clearly recalls; "As a child who was extremely tall, I was very insecure about my height and used to be shy in social situations. I joined a drama group when I was ten, and that was it! It transformed my confidence as I was growing up, gave me life-long friends, and lead me to study Drama at university as I loved it that much! It's the reason I'm teaching today and managing my own branch, which I could not be more passionate about. Nothing brings me more joy than to see our young students benefit from our fantastic programme in the same way.

 

"Our unique drama classes create a safe environment for children to explore their full potential without fear of being judged and express themselves with confidence. I consider myself extremely lucky to be Principal of such an inspiring organisation which helps transform young people's lives every day.

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Emma holds a BA (Hons) first class degree in Drama from the University of Exeter. She has spent over 10 years working in the field of Applied Drama and Drama in Education and has spent the past 6 years overseas working for Helen O'Grady Drama Academy as a teacher and trainer in China and as a teacher and manager of the Helen O’Grady Franchises in Australia alongside curriculum co-ordination, development, teacher training and management support for the Helen O’Grady Head Office.
 

Emma has a passion for making Drama accessible to children from all walks of life and believes that the curriculum provides students with the opportunity to make friends, build self-esteem, confidence and communication skills all while having fun and being creative in a safe environment.

 

Emma has enjoyed the privilege of seeing passionate students grow and flourish in our classes across the world and loves seeing students develop essential social and life-skills for the future.


Emma is very excited to return to South West London and to have the opportunity work with Lucie and the students and teachers at this branch.

Deputy Principal &

Business Manager / Teacher

EMMA TURNER

Verônica has been teaching for Helen O’Grady for almost 2 years. She loves the fact that Helen O’Grady uses drama as a tool to develop personal skills. During her time working for the academy she experienced the development of her students and thinks it’s extremely rewarding to be part of someone’s achievements. Verônica also runs her own “Voice” and “Text and Scene Study” lessons and works as an actress. She graduated from one of the most prestigious Drama Schools in Brazil, Célia Helena, Drama Centre and Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute.

Teacher

VERONICA SARNO

Lucy grew up in Skipton in North Yorkshire and has performed in musicals and plays regionally there from a young age. Since completing her training in Musical Theatre at the Arts Educational Schools London last year, Lucy has performed in plays at Theatre N16, Theatre Royal Stratford East and spent the month performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this past summer. Lucy has always loved teaching drama to children because she knows that attending drama classes when she was young helped her to develop hugely as a person as well as a performer (as well as becoming the best part of her week!).

Teacher

LUCY ANNABLE

Edward's love for acting and performance is fuelled by his passion to have fun and the exploration of imagination. Edward trained and graduated at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and received a BA Honours in Acting. ​He has performed in many plays aimed at younger audiences ( Pegasus Theatre Oxford, Theatre Centre etc) and facilitated workshops in schools during the tours.​ When he is not stage, Edward dedicates his time to the Ben Kinsella Trust as a facilitator which tackles knife crime and teaching drama.

Teacher

EDWARD NKOM

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