Drama For Kids WA

Drama Lessons for Kids Perth

Drama lessons for 9-12 year olds and teenage youth theatre performance courses with acclaimed drama teacher Alan Blackwood

9-12 year olds​
9-12 year olds​
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About Drama For Kids

Drama For Kids WA is offering exciting Term and Holiday workshops for children aged between nine and twelve years old.

Drama classes are at locations throughout the Perth metro area. 

At Drama For Kids WA there is only one teacher and that’s Alan himself! Trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama Alan is amongst Australia’s most experienced, acclaimed and award winning drama teachers. 

Alan has extensive experience in teaching in Scotland, here in WA and in NSW. Hundreds of Perth children and teenagers previously attended Alan’s highly respected and successful The Actors Workshop prior to Alan moving to teach Drama in NSW.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the First Lesson Obligation Free?

Sometimes it’s difficult to be sure if a particular class and teacher is going to best suit your child’s needs.

Alan much prefers your child to come along and experience the first lesson of the term. If they have enjoyed themselves and you as a parent/guardian are happy – great!

You can enrol your child for the term with confidence. If, however you feel that for whatever reason it’s not for your child – no harm done and you haven’t wasted any money!

Why 90 Minute Workshops?

Alan believes that workshops need to be ninety minutes long.

This allows the child to effectively experience a wide range of drama activities each week throughout the nine-week term.

This gives the children plenty time each week to properly develop and share their own improvisations and creative work with others in the class.

What will Children Learn?

Children engage in a wide range of drama activities throughout each Term including: Drama games, improvisation, play building, voice production and speech, communication skills and creative movement and mime.

These activities allow the child to explore a wide range of personal skills including creative thinking, physical and vocal expression. The child explores these in a safe, positive and nurturing environment.

Are Classes Expensive?

Absolutely not. Quite the opposite! The cost is only $149 per term. There is a 20% discount for two eligible children from the same family (off both enrolments) and 30% for three or more!

Many children come back term after term and for those families we offer a loyalty payment of only $139 as well as further discounts for two or more family enrolments – fantastic value!

Meet Alan Blackwood

portrait Image of Alan Blackwood - Director of Drama for Kids WAAlan Blackwood has extensive experience working with teenagers. In WA Alan has devised and directed for the WA State Youth Theatre, John Curtin Performing High School and The Actors Workshop. In NSW many of his teenage drama students were nominated for or invited to perform their solo performances at On Stage, a showcase for the very best performances from across the state. Very few students received such an invitation.

Career & Teaching Highlights

WRITER / ACTOR / TEACHER
Edinburgh Theatre in Education Team
WA STATE YOUTH THEATRE
Director
THE ACTORS WORKSHOP (WA)
Principal
DRAMA TEACHER
Drama Teacher for Primary, Teenagers and Adults in a variety of schools & tertiary institutions in Perth, Sydney and Scotland
SPECIAL EDUCATION
Special Ed experience in Perth & Scotland
ADVISORY TEACHER SPEECH & DRAMA
WA Education Department
CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Creative director for CaSPA, a dynamic performing arts program for New South Wales Catholic schools
STUDENT NOMINATIONS
Many of Alan’s students have been nominated and accepted for the prestigious On Stage – a showcase of the very best in HSC – Y12 Drama performance and projects NSW
JOHN CURTIN COLLEGE OF THE ARTS

Early alert! Bookings are now open for my April Holiday Programs PROGRAM ONE: 4th and 5th of April - 9 am to 4 pm PROGRAM TWO: 11th and 12th of April - 9 am to 4 pm Very reasonable fees indeed. Family and loyalty fee discounts. [email protected] www.dramaforkidswa.com.au

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Youth Theatre Performance Course for 12-15 year olds

For High School Students Between Years 7 & 10

Course Outline

Students learn how to self direct a scene: block a scene : develop a character: improve acting technique: effectively use a variety of Elements of Drama.

Students work in pairs or small groups on a scene for acting practice. Most scenes are selected from contemporary theatre. The course is tremendous fun and is ideal for students who enjoy acting as well as being perfect for personal development and confidence building.

The course culminates in an EVENING OF THEATRE a performance for family and friends to enjoy. 

Course Details

Course Location

Youth Theatre Performance Course culminates in an EVENING OF THEATRE - a performance for family and friends to enjoy!

Thank you so much for an amazing Friday (Performance) night.

All the segments were acted beautifully. Heather’s dad was simply stunned by Heather’s performance!

We have watched Heather in all of her drama performances but we can see how she has thrived since being in your class. Well done Alan!

Deb Tod

Parent

Childrens Workshops for 9-12 year olds

Drama Classes For Primary School Children​

Course Outline

Our 9 Week Childrens Workshop Course Includes:

  • Theatre Games
  • Improvisation
  • Acting Technique
  • Playbuilding
  • Voice Production & Speech
  • Communication Skills
  • Creative Movement, and
  • Mime

Course Details

Term 1 Dates, Times & Venues

Developing Personal Skills for Life

Teaching is a vocation and I can’t imagine doing anything else. Furthermore in my opinion Drama is the best subject in the world to help children develop a raft of personal skills and to reach their full potential.

I have enjoyed the enormous privilege of observing hundreds of children in my drama workshops blossom into confident, creative young people all due to the power of drama.

Drama is such an effective and exciting tool for personal development. The best part of all is – that from the child’s perspective – they are just having wonderful fun! 

Holiday Programs for 9-12 year olds

Drama Classes For Primary School Children​

Course Outline

Drama for Kids WA is offering a fun-filled two day and one day program of drama activities for children aged between 9 and 12 (9am – 4pm). Alan promises to give your child a truly wonderful experience.
  • Theatre Games
  • Improvisation
  • Playbuilding
  • Voice Production & Speech
  • Creative Movement, and
  • Mime & Mask

Course Details

Dates, Times & Venues

Program One – Two Day Program
Thursday 4th and Friday 5th April 2024 9am – 4pm
Program Two – Two Day Program
Thursday 11th and Friday 12th April 2024 9am – 4pm

Course Location​

St Patricks Anglican Church Hall
Beaufort St & First Ave, Mount Lawley 6050 

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Jo-Anne Dyer
25 July 2023

Madison has been going to Drama for Kids for the past 2 1/2 years Her self confidence has grown and she just loves getting on stage. Thanks to Alan being so passionate about sharing his skill and knowledge with kids of all ages. If you are thinking about your child getting involved with drama then get in touch with Alan.

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Amber Strutt
4 June 2023

My son has been doing Alan's drama classes for over 1.5 years now and it is the highlight of his week. Highly recommend.

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Tiffany Richards
25 May 2023

Drama For Kids WA is a brilliant drama school for children and teens. It really helps build and develop your childs confidence in a friendly and very inclusive atmosphere. Your child will learn the essentials of theatre stage craft and get to hone there skills on stage too. Alan Blackwood is an amazing teacher. I did adult acting classes with him in the 90's and he has taught my son from the age of 9. I have watched my son grow in confidence and skills. My son now is the youth theatre performance course with Drama For Kids WA which caters for tweens/teens which he looks forward to attending every week. They work towards putting on a show at the end of each term. This course has really helped my son grow in to a confident young person . It has also helped to nurture his growing acting talent and has helped him with auditions for other acting roles. He has recently been a part of a stage musical with Play lovers over the last summer period. You will not be dissappointed. The classes are also very affordable and good value for your money. Worth a try indeed.

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Gill Cleary
22 May 2023

Alan is a fantastic facilitator for the kids, they improve with every performance and my son can’t wait to attend his class each week.

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Lianda Gibson
18 May 2023

My daughter has been studying drama with Alan at Drama for Kids for over four years. It's easily been the highlight of her week for a long time, and has led to a deep love for acting and theatre. I highly recommend!!

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Aneta Lasek
17 May 2023

My daughter has been attending drama classes for the past 2 years. She loves it and has made lots of new friends. Alan is an amazing teacher, he helps the kids to build their confidence, and makes sure that each class is fun and exiting.

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Jesskar
17 May 2023

My 10 yr old daughter started these drama classes with Alan a yr ago! She loves every single week and comes out with the brightest of smiles week after week. I love seeing the friendships being built through this class also. Thanks Alan for creating a safe, fun space for these kids to develop their imaginations, creativity and confidence!

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Hanna Jenssen
16 May 2023

My daughters have been attending drama with Drama for kids WA for three terms now and absolutely love it. It builds confidence, public speaking skills and they learn to work as a team. Thank you, Alan!

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Enrico Lomma
12 May 2023

Alan is an amazing and supportive drama teacher. My daughter attended Drama for Kids for more than 5 years. She made amazing friends who she couldn't wait to see every Friday night. Her confidence grew and this could be seen when she performed on stage. Would highly recommend!

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Melanie Boulton
12 May 2023

Drama for Kids has provided a highly supportive and encouraging enviroment for my daughter and all the other students. It has been absolutely delightful to see the Youth Theatre performances at the end of each term. My daughter was a student with Alan from 2017 to 2022 but unfortunately has now grown too old to continue. Alan is very passionate about drama and shares his enthusiasm with his students. The classes allow students to develop friendships outside of school, learn how to work well together with others and speak confidently in front of an audience. Alan has taught drama for many decades and we've met a number of adults who were students of Alan 20 or 30 years ago who all speak highly of him and we recently discovered that my daughter's high school drama teacher was a student of Alan herself when she was younger and she was still able to recall what a positive experience it has been in her own journey to become a drama teacher herself.

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Shaz Onaquest
12 May 2023

Great shows , kids love going and putting on a show . All very dedicated and hard working putting on impressive shows. Kids have been going for years and we all love it .

My daughter attended Alan’s Friday night drama class for high school kids for several years and loved every minute of it. Alan makes a safe and inclusive place for all children to feel welcome. I could not highly recommend Drama for Kids enough! My daughter has taken lessons from her years there into her schooling and made new long term friends as well. Thanks as always Drama for Kids WA!

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Katy Keddie
12 May 2023

My daughter has enjoyed Drama for Kids with Alan for over three years. Excellent teacher and program

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Vanessa M
12 May 2023

My son attended Alan's classes from ages 9-15 yrs, starting as a shy, unsure student in the holiday program, going onto weekly classes and then graduating to the teen theatre group. He grew in confidence, and to this day I credit Alan in giving him the confidence and ability to stand before a crowd, either on stage, or presenting in public. Alan is the sole teacher at Drama for Kids WA (unlike other classes) so he gets to know the kids very well, and he puts 100% thought, dedication and care into every child and lesson. His classes are not just about learning acting techniques, they will build confidence and essential life skills your kids can use in everyday life. The classes are also heaps of fun.. my kids always came out class smiling and laughing.

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Anne Fisher
12 May 2023

My son attended Drama for Kids WA classes and holiday programs for over 5 years, and he loved every minute of it. Alan is wonderful teacher, my sons confidence grew under his guidance and his classes were both fun and memorable.

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Blaine Campbell
12 May 2023

Alan is an experienced drama teacher who offers a safe space for all his students. He runs his classes with a sense of professionalism and instils a sense of pride and ownership in his students by encouraging their active participation and collaboration with the scripts, stage work and production. My two teenagers attended his classes for over five years and it was only because they ‘aged out’ that they stopped attending! If Alan ran ‘Drama for Adults’ my whole family would attend!

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Cath I
11 May 2023

Alan is an experienced and enthusiastic teacher, giving the kids an excellent grounding in drama theory, which will be great for their secondary education.

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Robbie Doyle
11 May 2023

Alan Blackwood is a World Class Drama teacher. It is such a privilege to have such a high caliber teacher located here in Perth WA. My grandson loves all the classes and has developed great self-confidence and has made great friends and loves attending Alan's classes. It is the best thing we have ever done for our grandson, he found his ''tribe'' when he joined Alan's classes. It has transformed our grandson's life , with fun , learning and joy ! Thank You Alan Robbie Doyle

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Steven Fernandez
11 May 2023

My daughter loves these classes and has grown in confidence and over her time with Alan. Would definitely recommend for kids that want an enjoyable interactive group experience that is different to the usual team sport and clubs

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Carrie James
11 May 2023

Fantastic drama class that my daughter has enjoyed for a number of years. She has recently joined the teen class and she loving hanging out with a great group of kids and having a chance to perform.

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Amy Flaherty
10 May 2023

Drama For Kids WA is a fantastic program and Alan is fantastic with the kids. In just two terms, I have seen my daughter's confidence improve immensely. She thoroughly enjoys participating. Would highly recommend.

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Natasha Pederson
10 May 2023

Alan is a wonderful drama teacher!

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Jawid Dadarkar
10 May 2023

My daughter, 11. Loves attending Alan's classes. He's great with them and the kids absolutely love it. My daughter has been doing it for the last year or so and wants to continue doing it.

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Nick Briers
10 May 2023

My two children, ages 13 and 11, love, love, love Drama For Kids. They have been taking improv and performance classes for two years. My children have also attended the two-day holiday workshops. These drama classes are their favourite extracurricular activities. The instructor, Alan Blackwood, is the real deal. My children are much more confident than they were before and they have no problem getting on a stage in front of a large group and performing. Because of these classes, my daughter wants to become an actress.

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SLV Studio
10 May 2023

Alan is an incredible teacher! I had the privilege of being his student for the past two years and learnt so much from him! He is so caring and so involved in the lives of all his students and I am so thankful to have met him! Alan gave me the confidence and the ability to learn every facet of theatre and performing. Highly recommend Alan as a key to any performers journey. Isaiah

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Kathleen Glossop
10 May 2023

Alan is brilliant! My daughter has been attending for over a year, and has completed a few holiday programs also. She absolutely loves the classes, Alan is able to bring out the confidence in her, she has learnt so much.

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e m
10 May 2023

Alan’s drama classes have really helped our daughter build confidence and feel really welcoming- especially great for kids that have historically had difficulty fitting in with other activities. Alan is a standout amongst all other after school programs we have had experiences with.

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Bethne Crisafulli
18 December 2020

Alan Blackwood is an amazing man. Totally devoted to the development of children

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Mark C. Evans
7 July 2018

I have been involved professionally with drama and acting for more than 20 years and having seen many children's acting classes I can say this is easy one of the best ever run. Alan's classes are structured like the Actor's Studio and other quality acting schools in that he treats the children with great respect as young adults and he instills a love and reverance for the craft of acting through scene work and analysis. It is really advanced techniques that he is teaching them but he does so in a gentle, encouraging and fun way. I have no doubt that more than a year of our daughter doing his classes played such an important part in her getting accepted in to the Gifted and Talented program for Drama at John Curtin as so many of his students did. If you are serious about exploring your child's potential or talents in drama and acting then Alan's classes are a must.

Testimonials

Kitty is definitely coming back for Term 2. Your drama class is the most successful extra-curricular activity we have tried and you should know Kitty sings your praises to anyone who will listen.

Eleanor

In the space of one year you have turned my shy, awkward boy into a confident young man who can express himself and tackle unknown situations with self-belief and humour. The work you do with these kids in invaluable, and your passion for your field shines through. You are ‘one-in-a-million’ and I am so glad that we found Drama For Kids WA for Theo. Thank you.

Karelse family

Daniel and I would like to say “Thank you!” for being an amazing teacher. Thank you so much for your time, commitment, expertise and inspirational teaching – and your big heart! You helped Daniel and other students to find their wings and taught them to fly in their way. We are so lucky to have you as a drama teacher and meet you in our life. You are so valued and loved – especially by us.

Julia and Daniel

Performance night was incredible. You have created a beautiful safe and positive space for young people to be themselves. It was evident some are nervous but not fearful. You are allowing them to find out who they are in such a supportive and encouraging environment, where they demonstrate respect for each other, regardless of personality, age, gender etc. I felt like each young person involved felt like they belonged, were respected and valued.  I was aware of the positive impact of your program on Charlotte but could see the impact on all students and parents on the night. It is such a gift to all involved. I can't thank you enough.

Emma

My son had so much fun at the holiday program. He was reluctant to go at first but had a ball and looked forward to it each day. Highly recommend Alan's classes to all kids.

Vanessa Rose

Mr blackwood (goes by Alan these days I hear) by far had the most impact on me as a person out of all my teachers growing up. It's a very personal experience with him as he helps you grow and mature as a person. His light hearted nature and easy going attitude makes it easy to find common ground and actually enjoy your learning experience and have fun with it.

Adrian Betros

Alan is the most knowledgeable and passionate drama teacher i know. He has such strong rapport with his students and does everything in his power to make sure they acheive their personal best. I was so inspired by this talented man so i became a drama teacher my self. Thank you for all you have taught me. If you ever come back to sydney i would definitely send my children to 'Drama for kids'.

Nadine Hawli Chebib

Alan was a teacher who, on every occasion, went above and beyond. He is knowledgeable, caring, passionate and always wants his students to succeed and strive for their best. As a student, who went off track for a while, it was Alan who took measures to ensure I found my way again; and Drama came on top in my HSC with my solo and group projects both receiving outstanding results - and much of it is owed to Alan. I sincerely could not recommend him highly enough!

Melanie Tsibidis

Growing up all through school I was always very shy and quiet. I couldn't speak in front of people, as having people's attention focussed on me caused me a lot of anxiety. Alan Blackwoods drama lessons helped me to overcome this anxiety. I performed a monologue in front of a crowd and although at the time it was scary, I am so glad I did it. I am now much more confident, and not as shy and scared of people anymore. He is the best drama teacher anyone could have.

Linda Simmonds

I attended Alan's drama classes in my early 20's and they were invaluable, lots of fun, and great for building confidence.

Graeme Watson

Alan's classes are fun, motivating, social and above all confidence building. These are the sorts of classes that develop skills for life as an adult as well as today. Highly recommended for any and all kids.

Cathryn Adams

Studying drama has helped me come out of my shell and given me a very elite skill set to face the world and through the help, guidance, and knowledge from Alan I was able go excel in not only drama through high school but also a lot of times in life where I needed to be able to make and good impression through speaking and presenting myself! As a teacher I couldn't have had a better one Alan's knowledge on the subject, experiences, connections and coaching are second to none. Thanks again for everything Alan!

Cheston Laporte

Any child is lucky to be taught by Alan - when I first walked into his classroom, I was very shy. When I left, I was confident and had faith in my own abilities. Alan is able to connect with people of all ages, backgrounds and ability levels. In fact, it was Alan and his inspirational classes that made me fall in love with drama and want to teach. I will forever cherish the four years I spent under Alan's tutelage.

Sharee-Louise Smith

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