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
“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
“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
For more information, phone 0405 159 093 or email email@example.com
Caption: Enrolments are now open for the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy’s 2019 program. Photo credit: Kath Hamley.