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    For kids, teens and young adults

    Professionally trained tutors provide quality drama tuition through weekly classes and performance opportunities. For kids and teens there are options for whole school productions such as Pantomime, and holiday workshops in disciplines such as Acting for Screen.

    For young adults, a senior performance group and senior ensemble focus on performance for the local community, while classes and optional individual tuition prepares them for HSC Drama Individual Projects and performance careers.

    Success Stories

    Many students have continued into the State Drama ensembles and HSC 'OnStage', graduated from NIDA, VCA, the universities of NSW, Sydney, Wollongong, Nepean and Charles Sturt. Students have gained work professionally in Sydney and many have travelled and worked overseas gaining professional work in productions on stage, in theatre, film and television. Including L.A., New York and London.


    End of Year Showcase


    2018 End of Year Showcase

    The rehearsal for the End of Year Showcase will be held at the Sutherland Memorial School of the Arts TheatreonSaturday the 15th December. Please note that no lessons will be held at the Caringbah studio on this date. The theatre is located in East Parade, Sutherland (opposite Sutherland Rail Station). East Parade is the road that runs parallel to the railway tracks on the cemetery side.

    Because of the tight rehearsal schedule, it is important that students arrive at least 5 minutes prior to the scheduled time.

    Below are the times that classes are to be at the theatre for their technical rehearsal:

    Rehearsal: 9.00am-11.00am

    (Saturday 9.00am Class)

    (Friday 4.00pm Class)

    Rehearsal: 11.00am-1.00pm

    (Saturday 11.00am Class)

    (Wednesday 4.30pm Class)

    Rehearsal: 1.00pm-3.00pm

    (Saturday 1.00pm Class)

    (Monday 4.30pm Class)

    Rehearsal: 3.00pm-5.00pm 

    (Saturday 3.00pm Class)

    (Tuesday 4.30pm Class)



    2018 End of Year Showcase

    The End of Year Showcase will be held at The Sutherland Memorial School of the Arts, East Parade Sutherland on Sunday, 16th of December. Below are the details for each show, indicating which showcase your class will perform in:


    10.00am Showcase

    (Cast arrive 9.30am)

    Friday 4.00pm Class (Junior Troupe 2)

    Saturday 9.00am Class (Junior Troupe 1)

    Saturday 11.00am Class (Junior Ensemble 1)


    12.00pm Showcase

    (Cast arrive 11.30pm)

    Wednesday 4.30pm Class (Junior Ensemble 2)

    Saturday 3.00pm Class (Junior Company 1)


    2.00pm Showcase 

    (Cast arrive 1.30pm)

    Monday 4.30pm Class (Junior Company 2)

    Tuesday 4.30pm Class (Junior Company 3)

    Saturday 1.00pm Class (Junior Company 1)



    Studio South Drama latest production

    Studio South Drama, our young adult theatre company, will be presenting, "I am Spilling My Heart Out Here" at our Caringbah studio on Friday February 2nd, Saturday, February 3rd, Sunday, February 4th and Monday, February 5th at 8.00pm.

    Studio South's charter is to produce powerful and confronting Youth Theatre that pushes the boundaries of theatrical performance and provide young adults with the opportunity to extend their skills and perform material that they would not ordinarily have the opportunity to.

    To find out more visit our Facebook page. 


    Nine Reasons Why Drama is important

    Dramatic play is an integral part of a child’s social, emotional and cognitive development, according to the Washington based NAEYC (The national Association for the Education of Young People)

     1. Drama teaches self-regulation Toddlers and pre-schoolers are known for acting impulsively, but dramatic play is a positive stepping stone toward self-regulation. Children tend to be highly motivated to follow rules and stick to the roles of the play. This helps them grow in their ability to inhibit their impulses, coordinate with others and make plans.

    2. Drama gives children an emotional and Creative outlet. Dramatic play allows kids to act out scenarios they’ve seen or heard in real life, giving them an important emotional outlet. Children process their inner thoughts and emotions externally through dramatic play.

    Drama provides a safe place to express one’s emotions. Society’s pressures have encouraged us to keep our emotions to ourselves, especially negative ones. By creating a character and expressing the character’s emotions—happiness, sadness, fear, pride, curiosity, anger, joy, jealousy, etc. these feelings become an accepted part of one’s psyche. One’s acceptance of all one’s emotions, strengths and weaknesses is vital to our growth, no matter the age.

    3. Dramatic play teaches conflict resolution. Dramatic play encourages children to resolve conflict, consider alternative perspectives and recognize the various roles and responsibilities individuals have in our society, according to Child Care Exchange. Structured dramatic play encourages children to consider a specific problem and propose their own solutions.

    4. Drama supports literacy Dramatic play provides a prime opportunity for kids to see “functional print”—like newspapers, signs or menus—in action, according to Scholastic. Dramatic play can also increase a child’s reading comprehension and gain a deeper understanding of the narrative structure and character motivations found in plays. In rehearsal, students read over and over again and commit to memorizing the words thus gaining a greater understanding of inflection and tone. Through Drama, words come to life.

    5. Drama Builds Self-esteem and Self-confidence by providing a child with the opportunity to share his or her ideas, make decisions and work with others to realise characters in performance. This contributes to a child’s self-actualisation.

    6. Drama Builds Team Spirit - Not unlike a football team, a drama cast builds team spirit. The only difference is that no one sits on the bench—everyone plays. Everyone’s actions count to make the goal, the performance. If a student knows that he or she is expected to help other members of the cast and crew, they take on the responsibility. This level of responsibility carries over into social situations, because by becoming a part of a team, a student can see themselves as part of the whole instead of merely one piece

    7. Drama Encourages Tolerance - Through a scene or play, when one experiences first-hand what it is like to be the down trodden character, the misunderstood, the shunned, the innocent accused, one’s framework of understanding broadens.

    8.  Drama Teaches Creative Problem Solving - In the best-selling book A Whole New Mind, Daniel Pink writes,

    “In short, we have progressed from a society of farmers to a society of factory workers to a society of knowledge workers. And now we’re progressing yet again—to a society of creators and empathizers, or pattern recognizers and meaning makers.” 

    Because of its inherent collaborative nature, Drama demands of students their intellect and imagination to realise the goal of creating a dramatic performance. In the process, Drama strengthens a student’s creative problem solving and so stretches the boundaries of what can’t be done to what can be. 

    9.  Drama Encourages Learning - All teachers know that humour helps students learn more efficiently. We are joyful when we are relaxed. When we are relaxed, we are more likely to learn. Through studying drama and performing, students laugh, poke fun at ourselves and develop a kind of camaraderie with one another that is rarely experienced anywhere else. A drama ensemble creates a strong bond that isn’t easily splintered.

    “Theatre is history, psychology, sociology, anthropology, music, dance, art all wrapped into one.”  Drama makes us more human by “playing” at being a human. Where else can you find that!



    Sir Ken Robinson - The Importance of Creativity


    ABC 7.30 Report Link