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MICHELE GRIFFITHS
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021 674 7478
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MICHELE@HELENOGRADY.CO.ZA
HELEN O'GRADY DRAMA ACADEMY, 4 STIRRUP CRES, NOORDHOEK
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CAPE TOWN
Zoom Afternoon On-Line
michele@helenogrady.co.za
021 6747478

Friday
14:00 - 14:45

Friday
15:00 - 15:45


CAPE TOWN
Zoom Mornings On-Line
michele@helenogrady.co.za
021 6747478

Wednesday
09:00 - 09:45

Wednesday
10:00 - 10:45


FISH HOEK
MOTH Hall
Corner of Central Circle & De Waal Road
Fish Hoek

Monday
16:00 - 17:00


NEWLANDS
HOG Drama Classes
Athenaeum
Boundry Terraces
154 Campground road

Saturday
11:00 - 12:00

Saturday
12:00 - 13:00

Saturday
13:00 - 14:00

Saturday
14:00 - 15:00

Saturday
15:00 - 16:00


NEWLANDS
Musical Theatre
Athenaeum
Campground Road

Saturday
13:00 - 14:00

Saturday
14:00 - 15:00


NEWLANDS
LTCL Teachers Training Cape Town
Athenaeum
Boundry Terraces
154 Campground road

Saturday
09:30 - 11:30

Saturday
11:30 - 12:30


NEWLANDS
Trinity College Tutorial classes
Athenaeum
Boundry Terraces
154 Campground road

Saturday
12:00 - 13:00

Saturday
16:00 - 17:00


RONDEBOSCH
St Thomas Church Hall
61 Camp Ground Road
Rondebosch

Tuesday
15:00 - 16:00

Tuesday
16:00 - 17:00


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ATHLONE PRE-PRIMARY SCHOOL
Honeyside Road
Crawford
Cape Town

Monday
09:00 - 10:30
School Curriculum
Pre Prim

Thursday
09:00 - 10:30
School Curriculum
Pre Prim


BERGVLIET PRIMARY
19 Childrens Way
Bergvliet

Monday
08:00 - 14:35
School Curriculum
Gr 4-7

Monday
08:00 - 13:15
School Curriculum
Gr 1-3

Tuesday
08:00 - 14:35
School Curriculum
Gr 4-7

Tuesday
08:00 - 13:15
School Curriculum
Gr 1-3


CONSTANTIA PRIMARY
Spaanschemat River Rd
Constantia

Monday
08:30 - 14:00
School Curriculum
Gr 1-5

Thursday
08:30 - 14:00
School Curriculum
Gr 1-5


EASTRIDGE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
Cnr of 6th Avenue and Klipspringer Street
Eastridge
Mitchell’s Plain

Friday
08:30 - 11:00
School Curriculum
Grades RR - 7


FERNDALE PRIMARY
Ferndale Drive
Ottery

Tuesday
09:00 - 12:15
School Curriculum
Gr 1-6

Wednesday
09:00 - 13:15
School Curriculum
Pre prim, Gr 1,2,7


FRENCH SCHOOL
Ecole Française du Cap (Primary)
Kings Road
Sea Point
Gardens

Wednesday
15:30 - 16:15
Afterschool Club
Kindy

Wednesday
18:00 - 19:00
Afterschool Club
Trinity Tutoring Advanced

Wednesday
19:00 - 20:00
Afterschool Club
Adult Drama Classes


GAN AVIV HERZLIA PRE- PRIMARY
Gardens

Friday
13:00 - 13:30
Afterschool Club
Gr 0 - R

Friday
13:30 - 14:00
Afterschool Club
Gr R


LITTLE GREENIES EDUCARE GREENHAVEN
15 Wilhelmus Road
Greenhaven

Thursday
09:00 - 12:00
School Curriculum
Gr RR-3


MICKLEFIELD
81 Sandown Rd
Rondebosch

Friday
13:30 - 14:15
Afterschool Club
Gr 1-2

Friday
14:15 - 15:00
Afterschool Club
Gr 3-7


OAKLEY HOUSE PREP
99 Main Road
Plumstead

Thursday
08:30 - 12:00
School Curriculum
Grades R,1,2,3,6 and Alp

Friday
09:00 - 13:30
School Curriculum
Grades 2-5 and Ip Alp


ST JOSEPH'S MARIST COLLEGE
Belmont Road
Rondebosch

Friday
12:30 - 13:00
Afterschool Club
Pre Grade R

Friday
13:10 - 13:40
Afterschool Club
Grade R

Friday
13:50 - 14:30
Afterschool Club
Grades 1 - 3

Friday
14:30 - 15:30
Afterschool Club
Grades 4 - 7


STAR COLLEGE SYBRAND PARK
22, Elgin Road
Sybrand Park

Tuesday
08:30 - 14:40
School Curriculum
Gr 1,2,4,5,7

Thursday
08:30 - 14:30
School Curriculum
Gr R-3 and 6


STAR OF THE SEA CONVENT
74, Main Road
St James

Tuesday
10:30 - 13:30
School Curriculum
Gr 3,5,7

Wednesday
11:30 - 13:30
School Curriculum
Gr 4,6


WESTSCOTT
Myberg Road
Diep River

Friday
08:30 - 13:00
School Curriculum
Gr 4-7


YORK ROAD PRIMARY SCHOOL
33, Lower York Road
Landsdowne

Wednesday
12:15 - 13:00
Afterschool Club
Grade R

Wednesday
13:45 - 14:30
Afterschool Club
Gr 1-2

Wednesday
14:30 - 15:30
Afterschool Club
Gr 3-7


Aardvark Casting Agency

Aardvark Casting is one of the largest casting agencies in the world. Children and Adults from the Helen O'Grady Drama Academy can join this casting agency in Cape Town to take their talents further.

ABOUT THE PRINCIPAL

MICHELE GRIFFITHS DRAMA AND THEATRE ARTS DEGREE
Michele Griffiths started her theatrical career in performance with many featured roles in productions for CAPAB (now Artscape). These productions included Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Mame, Peter Pan, Camelot and Evita amongst many others.
After relocating to the UK, Michele shifted her focus to Early Learning Education.
After returning to South Africa in 2005 Michele took time out to raise her children before returning to Education and opening a Pre - school.
Michele and Paul bought Helen O’Grady in 2018 and Michele started running the Academy in 2019.
She describes her role at Helen O'Grady Cape Town South as the perfect opportunity to develop her passion for children with her passion for the life skills offered by Drama.
Empowering young people is her commitment to the future!

Paul Griffiths - Director

Paul is an award-winning director with a long career as director of plays and musicals. He started his career in the early 90’s as an actor in Musical Theatre. He soon relocated to the UK in order to complete his MA in Theatre Directing at Middlesex University. Following his qualification, Paul worked as trainee director at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, London. This was followed by a period as Acting Artistic Director at The Bridewell Theatre (just off West End).

Upon returning to South Africa, he joined The Waterfront Theatre College in Cape Town as a part-time lecturer in acting technique. He also set up his own company, Big Leaf Productions, to provide a platform for his directing work to be showcased locally and nationally. In 2006 Paul was appointed head of Drama and Musical Theatre at The Waterfront Theatre College. In 2010 he was made Partner.
He continues to be involved in a range of projects outside of the Waterfront Theatre College. His production credits include up to 30 acclaimed productions which have garnered a string of accolades including Directing Awards, Ovation Awards and People Choice Awards.

In 2018 Paul and his wife Michele bought Helen O'Grady Cape Town South.

Paul is always eager to pursue opportunities within the Performing Arts industry to create opportunity and stimulate productivity and is driven by a genuine belief that the Performing Arts has the power to shift the way a society thinks and feels.
CHERI-LEE BLACKIE
VICE PRINCIPAL
Cheri-Lee Blackie is a graduate of the Waterfront Theatre School in Cape Town. She holds a Fellowship Diploma in Theatre Directing and a Licentiate in Teaching Drama from Trinity College London. Cheri-Lee is passionate about education and after graduating went on to train teachers at The Waterfront Theatre School for many years before joining Helen O'Grady Cape Town South. She continues to train teachers across the globe through the Helen O'Grady Cape Town South Online Teaching Course and has helped to qualify teachers both nationally and internationally. Cheri-Lee has an affinity for young people and brings an amazing energy to every class that she teaches. She was appointed Vice Principal for the Academy at the beginning of 2020!
ANDREW LIGHTLEY
TEACHER
Studied musical theatre, tap and performance drama at The Waterfront Theatre School from 2005 - 2009. After college he travelled to Shanghai China to work on the traveling production of High School Musical. He went onto perform in Paris with Cape Town City Opera in the musical theatre classic Showboat. He has been working extensively in children’s theatre, producing and acting all over the country. He has focused on stage acting working in cabaret and character performance. He is very excited to be part of the Cape Town department of Hellen O’Grady Drama Academy and is looking forward to teaching the Hog students of 2020.
EMMA LOYN
TEACHER
Studied at the Waterfront Theatre School majoring in dancing, singing and acting, while teaching part time at the school every Saturday. She attained an Advanced Performers Certificate (APC), ATCL Performance Diploma and LTCL Speech and Drama Teaching Diploma through Trinity College London. Her passion for drama and musical theatre grew when she was in a school production of “Pippin” the musical. Her performance credits include, “The Winters Tale”, “Pippin”, “Broadway or Bust” and “Urinetown.” Throughout her training at The Waterfront Theatre School, she taught various age groups and private tutorials at the part time school. Teaching has given me the opportunity to interact and work with young minds and over the years I have noticed that it is easy for me to create enthusiasm and excitement in others. I believe that a teacher who loves teaching, teaches children to love learning. I love to inspire and instill knowledge in my students, but also to encourage them to be the very best that they can be.
SUNETTE STRYDOM
TEACHER
Sunette Strydom completed her MA Degree in drama and theatre arts at The University of the Free State in 2007. She relocated to Cape Town and worked for Pieter Torien Productions at Theatre on the Bay. She worked on productions such as Evita, Phantom of the Opera and Defending the Caveman. She started teaching for the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy in 2009 and discovered an immense love for teaching drama. She is the Course director for the Helen O’Grady Holiday Stage School. When she is not teaching, she works as a stage manager and sound technician for NAF Arts Festivals (Fringe and Grahams Town Fest) and Television shows for KYK Net and SABC. As a live sound technician in the music industry she has worked with, Rocco De Villiers, Jared Ricketts, Mark Haze, Barry Hilton, Ard Matthews and Chris Chameleon. The television shows she is currently working on include “Better Assie Bure” and “Tussen Ons” Her absolute passion for teaching children and youth has only grown stronger over the years. She believes in the positive effect of the performing arts in the development of young minds through drama and communication.
TERRI THEYS
TEACHER
Terri has always been enthusiastic and passionate about Speech and Drama, performing on various platforms from a very young age. Her passion for acting developed into a passion for sharing her love of the arts with others. After a schooling career filled with dramatic accolades,Terri went on to study Drama through LAMDA for one year, obtaining a PCERTLAM (Performance Certificate) diploma, making her a qualified drama queen. She then chose to study another three years with Trinity, obtaining her ATCL diploma in teaching. Her most life changing teaching experience thus far was teaching Speech and Drama to psychotic and drug abuse children voluntarily at Lentegeur Psychiatric hospital for one year. Terri is in her 7th year with the Academy and is experienced in teaching students of all ages, from all walks of life and is extremely passionate about uplifting and empowering young people through the power of the Arts. Terri has her PCERTLAM with LAMDA and her Licentiate in Speech and Drama Teaching with Trinity College London Her prime focus is to build self-esteem, teach communication and problem-solving skills in a creative and friendly environment.
ANRAY VAN NELSON
TEACHER
Anray has taught for the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy for the past 4 years. Anray is a qualified Actress and is also a singer. She studied Professional Acting for Camera at CityVarsity where she obtained her Diploma and Advanced Diploma and also received a Shooting Star Award. She studied 1 year of music at the Cape Music Institute under the direction of Camillo Lombard and Ezra Delport. In 2011 and 2012 she worked in Spain as a tribute singer and performed in various venues. She has shared the stage with Rhema Varrie, Sasha-Lee Davids, James Bhemgee, Emo Adams, Charlyn Davids, Ramon Alexander, Munro Du Toit, The South African Youth Choir and the Take Note Band. In her end of 2nd year production, she performed in a Theatre piece called 'The Price of Meat' which was directed by Jayne Batzofin and later redirected by Rebecca Makin-Taylor for the Grahamstown National Arts Festival. Anray is also a performer in Bonfire Theatre Company. In 2016 Anray performed in the hit David Kramer musical, District Six Kanala. She went in to perform in two more of his musicals at the KKNK namely, Amper Famous(2017) and Platteland(2018). At the end of 2017, Anray scored a role in Marc Lotterings Aunty Merle the musical.
Our fees do vary according to the length of class and location, so please contact our office for a more accurate quote.
Special discounts are available for more than one child in a family.
Please pay your fees through your bank as cash deposits are extremely expensive for the Academy.

Banking Details:
Account Name:Helen O'Grady Drama Academy Cc
Bank: FNB
Acc Number: 62745082636
Branch Code: 250655
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