The Helen O’Grady Drama Academy offers a unique programme of self development for children. In 1979, Helen O’Grady, an Australian trained teacher, drama teacher and actress, hired a hall in a Perth suburb and commenced after school drama classes for children.
Since these first drama classes, the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy has been introduced throughout Australasia, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas.
Four Academies launched in the UK in 1994 which has today grown to over fifty throughout the country. Each week, over 15,000 children attend classes in the UK.
Our students are our priority, and we pride ourselves on our commitment to our relationship with them, their parents and carers alike to ensure they continue to flourish.
Rachel Stone is an ex Helen O’Grady student and a University of East Anglia (UEA) graduate. She attended Helen O’Grady from the ages of 10-17 and the academy was a huge part of her childhood. She gained confidence and a love for the theatre which inspired her degree choice.
Rachel studied at UEA from 2015-2018, graduating with BA in Scriptwriting and Performance. During university, she studied scriptwriting, acting, directing and theatre technology. Rachel then became passionate for directing and successfully directed two plays with a fellow student in her spare time, one as part of the Minotaur Shorts Festival and the other, “Mind Maggots”, selling out at The Garage Theatre in Norwich in 2017. During her final year of university, Rachel and five other students set up their own theatre company. They have written their own plays and she is proud to be directing one at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2018.
Rachel is so excited to be part of the Helen O’Grady community again. Her aim is to inspire children to be confident individuals, full of self belief. She wants to encourage and aid them to grow into bold young adults, as this is what Helen O’Grady did for her.
Rachel trained in Acting and Musical Theatre at Central School of Speech and Drama. She also has a BA (Hons) in Performing Arts and a Professional Diploma in Dance Studies from Laban Conservatoire. Rachel has choreographed, directed and toured professional Musical Theatre productions with Kinetic Theatre Company and SG Productions, and toured and co-produced Cabaret show Big Night In. Panto is a big passion of Rachel’s (being a New Years Eve baby) and she has toured Pantomime productions with Hurricane Theatre Company and co-directed and starred in Panto’s at The Bocking Arts Theatre. (…Oh yes she has!) Working as a Teacher, Rachel has facilitated Drama In Education workshops for Freshwater Theatre Company and taught Performing Arts for Bigfoot Arts Education and Perform. Whilst teaching Drama for Helen O’Grady, she also teaches Performing Arts for TheatreBugs and works as a Story Builder at Discover Children’s Story Centre. At weekends Rachel swaps her teaching persona for ‘Rock Goddess’ to front touring function band The Luminectric. Rachel teaches our Bishops Stortford and Cambridge classes; and adores using Drama to develop play, confidence, creativity and communication skills, as well as encouraging children to follow her passion of performance!
Being interested in drama from a young age Caroline joined a drama academy and had a coach help develop her acting skills. After pursuing this passion throughout her school life, she went on to take theatre studies at A-level followed by an Acting diploma with LAMDA and a Degree in Film and Theatre at the University of Reading. After graduating Caroline worked professionally as an actor in various theatre and TV productions; including shows for BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky. Caroline also worked as a children’s TV presenter, then went on to tour with a well established children’s theatre company, having principle roles in 9 of their shows. This also involved teaching workshops in schools and theatres all over the country. After a few years of touring Caroline left the company and began teaching private drama lessons to children of all ages, entering pupils into LAMDA exams and local competitions and carrying out group lessons with young children, working on developing speech, movement and other key skills needed for school and future life. After 6 years of teaching experience, Caroline joined Helen O Grady in October 2015, when she moved to Hertfordshire.