A winning combination

AT the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy (HODA), students are encouraged to embrace life’s adventures with imagination and confidence.

And new principals Chris and Kath Hamley will be continuing this tradition with their shared love of drama and a strong belief in the benefit it brings to young people.

Mr and Ms Hamley have been working in professional, community and college theatre for many years and currently run their own theatre production company, Hamley Productions.

And their annual summer Shakespearean mash-up production is soon to open at Pooley Wines in Richmond.

With a Bachelor of Performing Arts and an almost complete Masters of Teaching, Mr Hamley has been either performing in or directing theatre productions for more than 20 years.

This includes college productions and tutoring at a number of drama schools around Hobart over the years.

Ms Hamley holds a Bachelor of Primary Education and has previously worked in theatre administration, stage management and production management, as well as graphic design and marketing.

Mr Hamley said he and Ms Hamley were “very excited” to be taking over Hobart’s Helen O’Grady Drama Academy.

“We are looking forward to sharing our passion of the performing arts with the students of HODA,” he said.

With six studio locations around the greater Hobart area, nearly 300 students currently participate in weekly drama classes with HODA.

Students aged from five to 18 years of age are welcome to enroll for the 2019 program, and this year, Mr and Ms Hamley are excited to announce a new Elite Performance Ensemble for 18 to 24-year-olds.

“While a career in the performing arts may be pursued by some of our students, we have no doubt that all our students benefit from the wonderful, lifelong skills that the Helen O’Grady Drama program develops,” Mr Hamley said.

“The academy has been in Hobart now for 26 years and thousands of students have used their classes to gain confidence and develop acting and communication skills.

“Today it’s more important than ever for students to connect verbally with peers, family and friends – to be able to initiate conversation and make friends.

“Helen O’Grady Drama is fun and dramatic – a winning combination.

“So, if your child needs to develop their confidence or is on the road to winning an Academy Award, contact us at the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy.”

For more information, phone 0405 159 093 or email hobart@helenogrady.com.au

Caption: Enrolments are now open for the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy’s 2019 program. Photo credit: Kath Hamley.

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