drama lessons for kids

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

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School Term Program

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Youth Theatre Course

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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.

School Term and Holiday Programs Available

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.

Youth Theatre Performance Course

FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS BETWEEN YEARS 7 & 10

COURSE CONTENT

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. 

COURSE DETAILS

Venue: St Patrick’s Anglican Church Hall Mount Lawley

Day and Time: Friday 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm

Duration: 2 hours per week for 9 weeks

Commencing: Friday 31st July 2020

Fee: ONLY $189 if paid prior to the end of Term Four.

(Loyalty fee of only $170 to all previous and existing students.)

TUTOR

Alan 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.

The course culminates in an EVENING OF THEATRE

a performance for family and friends to enjoy

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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 9-12 year olds

DRAMA CLASSES FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN

School Term Program

Our 9 Week Workshop Courses Include:

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

Classes are ideal for personal development and improving self confidence & self esteem

Fees are extremely reasonable at $139 for a nine-week term with a Loyalty Fee of only $129 for students who enrol for a subsequent term(s). The first lesson is obligation free and a Family discount of 20% applies.

Lessons are 90 minutes for nine weeks throughout the Term.

Commence Saturday 25th July 2020 and throughout that week after school.

Tutor: Alan Blackwood

Term 3 Start Dates

Leederville

Loftus Centre
Saturday 25th July
11:00am – 12:30pm

Maylands

The Rise
Friday 31st July
4:00pm – 5:30pm

Noranda

Noranda Uniting Church
79 Camboon Road, Noranda
Saturday 25th July
2:00pm – 3:30pm

Hamersley

Hamersley Community Recreation Centre
Wednesday 29th July
4:00pm – 5.30pm

Leeming

Leeming Family and Community Centre
Thursday 30th July
4:00pm – 5:30pm

Fremantle

Church of Christ Church Hall
Monday 27th July
4:00pm – 5:30pm

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Alan's Thoughts

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!

About Drama For Kids Classes

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!

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 Do Children Do

The 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 $139 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 $129 as well as further discounts for two or more family enrolments – fantastic value!

Holiday Programs

Drama for Kids WA is offering a fun-filled two full day program of drama activities for children aged between 9 and 12 (9am - 4pm). Alan promises to give your child a truly wonderful experience.

Activities Include:

  • Theatre Games
  • Improvisation
  • Playbuilding
  • Voice Production & Speech
  • Creative Movement
  • Mime & Mask

Program Cost:

Early bird payment of only $89 if paid prior to the end of term 3.

Program Dates:

Mount Lawley: Program One
29th and 30th September
Thursday/Friday 9 am - 4 pm

Mount Lawley: Program Two
1st and 2nd October
Monday/Tuesday 9 am - 4 pm

St Patrick’s Anglican Church

Cnr of Beaufort Street and First Avenue Mount Lawley

This very prominent church building in red brick faces Beaufort Street. The church hall is towards the back of the building. Enter from First Avenue. Easy parking.

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Experience, Awards & Accolades

ALAN BLACKWOOd's

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

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ALAN BLACKWOOd's

Teaching Awards

quality teacher award

Nominated by his school executive for a quality teacher award in NSW

2012 Outstanding Professional Service Award

Winner - Professional Teachers’ Council Award NSW for Outstanding Professional Service (Drama NSW, 2012)

Margaret Ninnes Award

Winner of the Margaret Ninnes Award for Outstanding Contribution in Performing Arts

2013 Outstanding Professional Service Award

Winner - Professional Teachers’ Council Award NSW for Outstanding Professional Service (Drama NSW, 2013)

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professional testimonials

Alan's Career & Teaching Highlights

Catholic Education office, 2012

"It is vital for Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Sydney to have professionals of your calibre dedicating themselves to the education and development of young people."
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Catholic Education office, 2013

"We have been fortunate indeed to have had the opportunity of working with you and recognise that your involvement, commitment and contributions to Catholic education have been extensive and significant. In particular, your service of the past 12 years at Trinity Catholic College, is deeply valued"
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Curriculum Council for western australia

"In the first years of The Actors Workshop, Alan also taught year 11 and 12 drama at Hollywood Senior High School, which was named at the time as one of Australia's top 10 most successful schools. Several of Alan's pupils from those years are now working in theatre including one who has a lead role in Wicked now playing in Sydney.
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Find Your Local Drama For Kids Class

Leederville

Loftus Centre
Saturdays 11:00am – 12:30pm

Maylands

The Rise
Friday 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Bassendean

Bassendean Senior Citizens and Community Centre
Tuesday 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Noranda

Noranda Uniting Church
Saturday 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Hamersley

Hamersley Community Recreation Centre
Wednesday 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Leeming

Leeming Family and Community Centre
Thursday 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Fremantle

Church of Christ Church Hall
Monday 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Mt Lawley

Youth Theatre Course & School Holiday Program Only