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Drama classes

Drama and acting classes

Find your local drama, acting and performance classes for children and teens in Auckland, New Zealand.

Featured Drama Classes

Tim Bray Youth Theatre

Weekly drama classes for 5 to 16 year olds

Auckland class locations: Western Springs, Takapuna and Browns Bay

Tim Bray Youth Theatre encourages children’s self-confidence and focus. Children learn a range of theatre techniques and each term attend a rehearsal of the current Tim Bray Theatre Company’s stage show to watch professional actors at work.  The 2019 timetable includes an open class in Term 1, and a performance by each class for their family and friends at the end of Term 3.

Covert Theatre

The Improv Playground: Life Skills for 8 to 17 year olds

Covert Theatre, 51 Mackelvie Street, Grey Lynn, Auckland

A weekly after-school workshop with New Zealand’s top improv theatre company. Learn vital life skills in a playful and supportive environment. These workshops help kids develop their confidence, communication, creative thinking, teamwork and emotional intelligence. There are three age group streams: 8-11, 12-14 & 15-17. Numbers are limited to 16 kids per program so book now!

Head Held High

Speech and drama lessons for ages 5 to 18 yrs

Auckland locations: Epsom, Herne Bay, Howick, Mt Albert, Meadowbank, Northcote, Otahuhu, Otara, Parnell, Point Chevalier, Ponsonby, Remuera,  Royal Oak, Takapuna, Titirangi and Westmere.

Head Held High uses hundreds of fun games and imaginative scenarios as the basis of their bespoke speech and drama programmes. Weekly lessons weave elements of conversation skills, acting skills, public speaking skills, positive body language, good manners, respecting ourselves and others, and how to relate positively to peers and adults… all together into a magical programme that all types of students love, and benefit from.

Play On!

Drama classes for ages 10 and up

8 Gundry St, Newton, Central Auckland

Play On! Is a fun and energetic drama class exploring Shakespeare’s wonderful and magical characters! For beginners to advanced young actors, shy or confident! Play On! will look at everything from Kings and Queens to lowly servants and fools. Learn how to tackle the bard and gain confidence as an actor!

The Isabel Fish Academy

Communication skills, drama and performance arts

Wellesely Studios, 113 Wellesley St, Auckland City, Fagan Place Hall, Mangawhai Heads
Facebook: IsabelFish

The Isabel Fish Academy trains students to become professional public presenters, performers and actors. The academy provides internationally recognised Trinity College, London qualifications. Students can choose from individual and group classes. The Isabel Fish Method has empowered thousands of students to learn about both the power of illusions and truthful realities. Normality is left aside, dreams acted out and new terrains explored. 

Initialize NZ

Drama-based youth development classes: ages 12 to 18

Classes in Central and North Auckland

Initialize drama classes build emotional literacy and youth leadership skills through improv drama and devised theatre. Critical thinking, collaboration and confidence is fostered with student-led creative processes. The focus on improvised drama means that there is no such thing as a wrong answer – students are coached to unleash their creative expression, growing their speech and drama skills along the way. Apply now for a free trial class.

Auckland Drama Classes

Drama for Children

Selwyn College, 203 Kohimarama Road, Kohimarama,

June Renwick, was HOD Performing Arts at Selwyn College for 24 years, as well as instigator of the Junior Performing Arts, introduces children to the elements of drama.  Children will use improvisation and role play, creating scripts and study plays for children. 



Melisa Rouse School of Speech, Drama & Communication

Beach Road, Rothesay Bay, North Shore, Auckland

Speech and drama classes ranging from private lessons to groups. Develop speech, communication skills, public speaking skills, effective communication, dramatic abilities and confidence. Classes are either individual students or pair lessons. 



Musical theatre

TAPAC (The Auckland Performing Arts Centre), 100 Motions Road, Western Springs, Auckland

Musical theatre classes are for young people who love performing onstage and who want to build their skills and confidence and have fun! Over the term students will learn how to: sing confidently in a group and as a soloist; perform a dance routine to performance standard; and learn how to put acting techniques into practice.

Acting for Screen

TAPAC (The Auckland Performing Arts Centre), 100 Motions Road, Western Springs, Auckland

Embracing all abilities and styles, this screen acting class for children aged 7 to 10 years old with popular TV presenter Erin Simpson helps participants focus their performance skills into a form that works for screen.




The Gate Theatre, Torbay Community Hall, 35 Watea Road, Torbay, North Shore, Auckland
Facebook page: Youth DramaTorbay

Drama, speech and public communication tuition for children and teenagers aged 5 to 18 years. Fun group and individual tuition options, with a performance opportunity every term. Optional examinations in Trinity Guildhall and Speech New Zealand from junior to diploma level.



Speech & Drama

TAPAC (The Auckland Performing Arts Centre), 100 Motions Road, Western Springs, Auckland

Students learn public speaking, acting and drama skills, vocal skills (quality, articulation, grammar), how to read poetry and tell stories. Classes are small to ensure children receive specialised, one-on-one attention so enrol early to secure space.