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Top Drama Schools For Kids & Teens In Joburg

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Some kids are natural born performers. Others need a little coaxing out of their shy shells. Whether your child is a regular prima donna or a timid wallflower, sending them to speech and drama classes can do wonders for their confidence. Browse through this list of the best drama schools in Joburg for kids and teens and find the ideal one for your little star.  Scene

Helen O'Grady Drama Academy

The Helen O'Grady Drama Academy is a well established international speech and drama school. They offer classes for children aged 3 to 18. The academy was originally founded in Australia, but now has centres located around the world. There are over 20 studios situated in Johannesburg alone. Weekly hour-long workshops are offered in these age categories:

Kindy: 3 – 5 years
Lower Primary: 5 – 8 years
Upper Primary: 9 – 12 years
Youth Theatre: 13 – 18 years

These workshop classes foster enthusiasm, energy and a positive approach to life in children and teenagers. Overall confidence, self esteem, verbal communication, effective social interaction and performance skill is improved as well.

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Stageworx School of Performing Arts

Stageworx is the perfect school for those determined to carve out a career on the stage or screen. Classes advance from beginner level to diploma level for school leavers. Studies are based on international standards developed by Trinity College London. This offers them vital structured learning and constructive feedback. They have showcased young talent on stage at the Lyric Theatre and on television since 2015. Unlike other drama schools, one of Stageworx's key missions is to connect young performers with the professional arts world.

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ADK Drama 

ADK Drama was established all the way back in 1939! Their branch in Fourways specialises in developing confidence, enhanced creativity, and improved memory and social skills in their students. They offer junior drama classes for kids aged 6 to 13, as well as a three year part-time certified course for high school students and young adults.

ADK has a long list of successful alumni, many of whom are recognisable South African television stars. They also train students to participate in eisteddfods, public speaking competitions and South African Drama Championships.

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Theatre on the Square


Ta-Da! (Theatre Arts and Drama Academy) is based in Krugersdorp, Johannesburg West. Established in 2011, they offer a range of actor's training classes for children of all ages. Their classes focus on developing skills in theatre and camera acting, radio training and voice development.

Like some of their competitors, Ta-Da! offer certification for performers, following the completion of a six-module course. Their courses assist in preparing young actors for auditions and presentations. Additionally, they offer speech writing services to help their students master the art of prepared speaking.

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NAPA Dance and Drama Factory

National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) is unlike any other drama academy. They hold a range of acting classes for children aged 3 to 18 in an urban-style industrial studio venue in Alberton. The creative vibe of this venue facilities maximum artistic expression and self-discovery.

Although the NAPA is a performing arts academy, their foremost aim is to foster etiquette and discipline in their students. However, they welcome anyone who has a love for the performing arts. This drama academy will ensure that your child's undiscovered talents are developed with nurturing care.

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The Bright Ivory

The Bright Ivory is a well-known music school located in Fourways. They have recently developed a drama programme for students aged 3 to 18. This programme focuses on teaching both theoretical drama context and practical work. Theatre history is included in the course to give students a deeper understanding of the principles behind contemporary performance practice.

3 to 6 year olds can join beginners' movement classes. Here they become aware of their own bodies in space as they practice improvisation, movement skills and basic text. This one-stop performing arts school also offers internationally certified formal drama training.

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Johannesburg Academy for Theatre Arts

JATA are specialists in producing "triple threat" performers, skilled in acting, dancing and singing. This musical theatre academy is based in the centrally located suburb of Linden. If your little one is a Broadway star in the making, send them to JATA to perfect their talents.

This drama academy offers a little something for parents, too. Weekly fun, jazzy dance classes for teens and adults! Join this class to kill time between your kids' drama lessons, or to keep up your fitness.

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