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Helen O'Grady celebrates 40 years

South Africa
19 August

Throughout Africa, and the world, we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of our establishment. Now in her 70s, Helen O'Grady is still an inspiration to us all even though she is now retired from the international network.

In this photo you can see Helen O'Grady in action at the recent Seminar in the UK. She always believed that we should be bright and positive on the outside and the inside! In developing children through drama, we are developing personality and as a mentor to children we need to show this confidence and enthusiasm for life. 

Helen O’Grady, F.T.C.L., F.A.I.M., founded the Helen O’Grady Children’s Drama Academy in Perth, Australia, in 1979.  She is the creator of the acclaimed Helen O’Grady Drama System which is used globally by Licensed Providers.

Prior to establishing the Academy, Helen qualified as a teacher and then worked extensively in children’s television as a presenter and producer, and also as a professional actress.

Widely acknowledged as a world expert in the field of children’s developmental drama, in September 2003, Trinity College, London, one of the largest and best known institutions of its kind in the world, recognized Helen’s unique achievements by conferring on her an honorary Fellowship (F.T.C.L.) the highest academic qualification awarded by the College.  She is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (F.A.I.M.)

Helen O’Grady reflects on the incredible journey that has seen a small Perth-based venture, in Australia, become a worldwide organisation.“I am constantly inspired by the power of our unique, developmental drama programme to influence and empower children of many races and cultures. For over 30 years, I have travelled the world training teachers and working in the classes with thousands of children. Along the way, I have been joined by many wonderful people who are dedicated and committed to helping children achieve their potential, through participation in our acclaimed drama programme.

The more I travelled and absorbed different cultures, the more I realised how similar we all are. Parents and children everywhere share basic hopes and dreams. Parents want their children to feel loved, to be happy, confident, empowered, able to affect change and prosper. Children need to feel loved, valued, recognized, included, and to be motivated, happy and hopeful.

Through the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy programme, teachers are able to help thousands and thousands of young people find their voice, generate self-belief, become generous participants in life and to experience much fun and fulfillment along the way!”


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"Thank you to you and the team for the encouragement and the loving nature you do the drama classes. My daughter has been extremely happy and loves acting. She has so much fun and that I am grateful to all who plays apart in her life at Helen O’Grady. Please extend my thanks to all as without all of you the results would not be so incredible."

- Cape Town Parent, South Africa