Helen O'Grady Drama AcademyHelen O'Grady Drama AcademyHelen O'Grady Drama Academy
NAIROBI
We don't just teach drama; we teach life!

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AMAR DESAI
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+254716805795
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NAIROBI@DRAMAAFRICA.COM
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CBD/ TOWN
Kenya National Theatre
Thigiri Hill Top

Thursday
18:00 - 19:00


KAREN
The Nest
Nandi Road

Tuesday
17:00 - 18:00

Saturday
09:00 - 09:45

Saturday
10:00 - 11:00

Saturday
11:00 - 12:00


WESTLANDS
Montessori Learning Centre (MLC)
Grevillea Grove, off Brookside Drive, Westlands

Wednesday
15:30 - 16:15

Wednesday
16:30 - 17:30

Saturday
09:00 - 09:45

Saturday
10:00 - 11:00

Saturday
11:00 - 12:00

Saturday
12:00 - 13:00


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DURHAM INTERNATIONAL
Thigiri

Tuesday
11:00 - 11:40
Afterschool Club
3 - 5 years


Aardvark Casting

Aardvark Casting is one of Africa's largest casting agencies for babies, children and adults. Most of the students in the Helen O'Grady Drama Academy join Aardvark Casting.

ABOUT THE PRINCIPAL

AMAR DESAI BSC. FILM, TELEVISION & MEDIA STUDIES, CAMBRIDGE CERTIFIED DRAMA MODERATOR
Amar is a Graduate in Film, Television and Media Studies from Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia and was awarded Kenya's Top 40 Men under 40 in 2019. He has won several theatrical awards including Director of the Year, Producer of the year Actor of the year, Theatre star etc and for his productions Best Set, Best Sound & Lighting, Best Costumes, Best Direction amongst others.
He has worked on several film sets including The Constant Gardener and runs Aperture Africa Productions (www.apertureafrica.com), a theatre and event production house based in Nairobi. Aperture Africa has over the years built a reputation for staging rib cracking comedies and extravagant award winning musicals including the Jungle Book, Robin Hood and Cinderella.

Amar holds over 15 years of teaching experience in Drama and Performing Arts. He is also a Cambridge certified Moderator for Drama (IGSCE). When not on stage or teaching drama, he loves to travel, explore and be out in nature.
SAMBA MZERA
TEACHER
Samba Mzera is an excited and ever learning filmmaker and actor with an urge of telling a variety of unique stories. Born in 1997, her passion for the arts led her to pursue a Degree in Film Production, which she still hopes to learn more, as she considers the arts as an 'ever learning and changing field'. Having a strong passion for acting and things that push her creatively, teaching drama is something that makes her days more fulfilling. She also dabbles in editing, art, and doing voiceovers.
ELSAPHAN NJORA
TEACHER
Born in 1988, March 15th Elsaphan is a multi-talented Kenyan artist who is mostly known for his acting and spoken word. He has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and communications and is the founder of EOPNATION; a spoken word event that was held in Nairobi every third Friday of the month for over 9 years and HOMECOMING; a multi character, multidisciplinary, minimalist living room performance that is based on THE ZAPHAN GENRE OF PLAY. In additon to being a regular performer on the Nairobi theatre scene, Njora has performed on BROADWAY in the hit musical TINGA TINGA and has distingushed himself as a screen actor in numerous projects including experimental music videos with Just-A-Band, local TV hit shows Briefcase Inc and Groove Theory, the HBO series Sense 8 and most recently his lead role in the film-festival favorite KATI KATI (TIFF)
AURIE OKATCH
TEACHER
"A little zazz never hurt nobody." Applying this statement in her day to day life, Sheila believes that in all things we do, we should always add some zazz. Born and raised in the vibrant city of Nairobi, Sheila has over three years experience as a performing artist, having starred in award winning musicals and plays produced by locally renowned theatre groups. She lives by creativity, collaboration and soul."
AKINYI OLUOCH
TEACHER
Akinyi Oluoch is a Fun, Outgoing and Interactive Human. She is not only the coolest Drama Tracher in town, she also doubles up as a Psychologist. Akinyi is a multi faceted African Queen born in 1996; She is an Actor, Producer, Emcee and Entrepreneur. She has worked with productions such as Too Early for Birds, Aperture Africa, Nairobi Performing arts Studio, Chatterbox, Furet Films. If Akinyi wasn't teaching Drama at Hellen O'Grady Drama Academy, she would probably be volunteering full time at an Ashram in India or in a Rural Arts Centre in Kisumu.
DOANNA OWANO
TEACHER
Doanna Owano is a multi-disciplinary, neurodivergent creative based in Nairobi, Kenya. She is passionate about storytelling through performance, writing, and design. She is a musical theatre enthusiast who enjoys singing, reading YA fiction, re-watching coming-of-age films by women about women, and RuPaul's Drag Race.
DEVINA SHAH
TEACHER
Drama has always been a part of my life. To me, drama means freedom and possibility, and it's just so much fun! (I think we all need a bit more fun in our lives) I absolutely adore teaching and Helen O'Grady has given me the chance to combine two of my favourite things. What I love most about the programme is that it enables self discovery and development and creates opportunities to find splashes of creative genius in places you least expect.
DIYA VAYA
TEACHER
Simply a 'Jack of all trades, master of one.' Diya Vaya is a seventeen-year-old creative who enjoys anything which offers the chance to colour outside the lines. 5+ years of extensive experience in the theatre field through working on the annual school productions & getting practical knowledge on each of the stages of the production pipeline. Experienced in mentoring students in drama and building their performance skills. Apart from drama, she from time to time wallows in the art of film as well as writing. Diya simply appreciates the power held in art to reflect and sell imperfection rather than understand it.
CHANDNI VAYA
TEACHER
Born in 1991 Nairobi, Chandni is a versatile Afro-Indian artist with her expression ranging from design to performance as an actor, singer, dancer, set and costume design and as a make up artist. She’s a graduate with a bachelors degree in Interior Architecture, a dance instructor at Step Up and Move Nairobi and a yoga practitioner and guide with Africa Yoga Project. Vaya is also a passionate surrealist painter, a pattern photographer and a budding violinist.
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