Primary aged students

The training begins with the process of learning the building blocks of dramatic skill designed for children and primary school students. Through our teaching students will be prepared to pursue drama and theatre studies throughout their schooling while feeling confident and excited about their own natural abilities. They will: have fun as they improvise, role play, use costume, props, puppets and mask, shape character, dance, focus on voice production, communicate ideas, practise listening and work to a wider audience as they perform their self- devised end of year show.

Secondary aged students

Our program is essentially designed to build and hone existent performance skills while enjoying the benefits and pleasure of learning to work as an ensemble. The focus is on co-operation, collaboration, confidence and communication, all essential to shaping quality drama. We also explore character development, improvisation, role play, use of stagecraft, strengthening expressive skills and working with script. Many secondary students will not elect to have a future in the theatre industry therefore our curriculum is also shaped to cater for those who want to focus on strengthening personal and social skills.

Another aspect of this class is to cater for students who've elected to study either Theatre Studies or Drama in VCE. It is essentially playing the role of a group tutorial. Classes also provide an opportunity for highly skilled younger children to accelerate their learning in readiness for senior drama. Students will be introduced to a variety of theatrical genres, non- naturalistic performance, shaping and performing monologues while also identifying the dramatic elements of conflict, climax, contrast, mood, rhythm, sound, space, symbol, timing and tension. Theatrical conventions, stagecraft and expressive skills such as movement and voice will be explored. Relevant terminology will be regularly integrated into the teaching as it is often a reported weakness in student's results according to VCE examiners.

Music Theatre Class

These are weekly classes that focus on the development of movement/dance and voice/song. The Drama School's philosophy has at it's core the whole development of the child and therefore each session is not only shaped for those who may want to further their interest in Music Theatre but for children who simply love to dance and sing. A one hour class includes a fun, fast moving warm up activity, stagecraft tuition and a time to reflect on the learning. At the end of each year the students perform the result of their years work. It is a low key performance that celebrates a child's commitment, confidence and skill. The first class is obligation free.

Kinder/Primary Incursions

'The Magic Carpet Ride' has been shaped to be an exciting, creative, dramatic experience that caters for up to 30 children at any one time.

It has a multi-cultural theme that transports children to a variety of colourful destinations. Their travels will include having cups of tea with the Queen while trying not to disturb the grumpy Royal Dragon, flying to Hawaii for exotic hula lessons and then visiting a pirate ship. Our final stop is the pyramids of ancient Egypt.

Each child will use props, wear costumes, experience music, movement and role play a range of characters.

Running time: 60 minutes

Cost: $250 plus GST. This includes all costume pieces, props and a certificate for each child.

School Productions

There's little time for school's to shape their own school production and the expectations from the community are huge these days! Having written and directed countless highly successful shows we are able to work with principals and teachers to tailor a performance that suit their school's unique requirements.

Schools can choose a script that is virtually ready-made, select their own or have us help the children write a piece that is based on educationally sound principles.

The Drama School is able to deliver costume and set if required.

We are flexible and feel sure the students will not only learn stagecraft, build healthy relationships, take risks, develop both personal and social skill but create a memory that they'll treasure for life. Having directed both Balwyn and Camberwell South's primary school production in 2015 we invite you to ask the schools for their feedback on our work. “We've been fortunate in having The Drama School direct our 5/6 musical this year and it has been a pleasure to watch them interact with the students and guide them in enhancing their confidence and collaboration with each other. "The 2015 musical was one of the most successful yet." Balwyn Primary School

Cost is negotiated depending on rehearsal time, script choice and extra stagecraft requirements such as costume etc. Email us to discuss your specific needs.

Holiday Workshops

We've recently begun work with Camp Australia. This means you will find us running drama workshops around Melbourne during each term break. The themes we cover vary each time and are based on our philosophy of making drama an inclusive, fun, fast moving creative experience. If you'd like to participate in one of these sessions email us for a copy of the next school holiday's timetable.

A Global Perspective


The Drama School is committed to building friendships between children of different age, genders, social backgrounds and cultural differences. Drama is a perfect tool for encouraging communication, developing listening skills, sharing ideas and experiences. These are the essential ingredients for building a healthy life. Due to the tourist industry 90% of the jobs available in Siem Reap, Cambodia require English to be spoken. The children are very keen to be taught and to speak good English. It is their 'ticket' out of poverty. We spent 10 days teaching over 100 children in and around Siem Reap providing a 'Performing Arts' based project that addressed the philosophy of three volunteer organisations committed to supporting the children to overcome poverty and use our skills to enhance the lives of the children in their care. We wanted to know if drama would transcend the cultural and language barrier and give children the same pleasure and learning experience. We also wanted to know whether our teaching expertise would be effective in this context. We hoped the experience would respect and extend the artistic conventions of Cambodian culture to provide a vehicle for self-expression, the learning of English and a channel for increased communication. Our time in Cambodia certainly met some of our objectives but on reflection we decided that if we had simply put a smile on a child's face it was worth every second!


Sharon Foley

Sharon Foley originally worked in the theatre industry before moving into education. She has taught Prep - VCE, directed and developed curriculum in Melbourne's leading schools and Theatre Training companies for over 20 years. Her travels have led her to taking over 40 children performing around Europe and to running drama workshops in Cambodia. One of her aspirations is to take a group of children from The Drama School into Asia to perform and share each other's cultures. She has also presented at State Conferences, been the Director of Drama for The Children's Performing Company of Australia and has been the founder and director of The Drama School for over 12 years.

Carla Gilzean

Carla graduated from Deakin University, Melbourne, with high distinctions in the Performing Arts and her qualification in Management is an asset to The Drama School as she oversees the successful day to day operation of the company. Carla has been involved in numerous stage shows as a writer, actor and director. She now works extensively across Melbourne with young people in educating them through drama and the arts. Her passion for achieving excellence in curriculum delivery and for children to experience the enormous personal benefits of drama education drives her teaching. Students enrolled in The Drama School enjoy her warmth and unique talent.