Hone your child’s drama skills and get them involved in acting lessons or drama classes in Hong Kong for kids. Enter your budding stars into the Hong Kong performing arts scene from a young age and try out for a play in the city. With drama classes at the YWCA CLLE, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) the Hong Kong Children’s Musical Theatre and more, here are some of the best drama class for your little performer.
If your kid has a flair for the dramatics or is known for being persistently argumentative, why not cater to their strengths and get them involved in a speech, debate, acting or drama class? Learning a performing art, debating skills, or how to make a speech can develop life skills such as problem-solving and effective communication. These then become the foundational blocks of strong leaders and assertive adults. Speech and drama classes are also a great way for kids to work in a team and gain confidence – and you can be sure they’ll have lots of fun while doing it! Here are some of the best places for to learn drama and acting (and those that offer exams and international qualifications), effective communication, public speaking, debate and presentation skills and more.
Speech And Drama Classes In Hong Kong: Acting, Theatre And Performing Arts
Studio Starlit (by Starlit Voice) – Musical theatre workshops, public speaking and kids drama classes in Hong Kong
Studio Starlit (by Starlit Voice) offers a variety of lessons with drama performing arts as the foundation. This unique and unconventional youth theatre production company is dedicated to nurturing the talents of all young performers and public speakers. It provides integrated London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) Performance and Communication programmes to give students (aged 5 to 18 years) the opportunity to get an international qualification.
Here you’ll find a variety of after-school courses, workshops and private one-on-one classes, as well as performance-based holiday camps and online courses. All classes and rehearsals are designed to run in conjunction with the highest international standards of theatrical practice, putting forward core values of: Focus, Control, Knowledge, Empathy. It is Studio Starlit’s mission to have students grow beyond the ordinary conventions of theatre and public speaking.
Mention “SassyStarlit” when inquiring about classes to get 10% off on all Studio Starlit classes (excluding annual productions) before Tuesday, 20 December, 2022.
Starlit Voice, 1004 Knutsford Commercial Building, Knutsford Terrace, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 2108 2180, WhatsApp: 6084 4111, firstname.lastname@example.org, follow on Facebook: @studiostarlit, follow on Instagram: @starlitvoice, www.starlitvoice.com
Helen O’Grady Drama Academy – Hong Kong drama and acting lessons for kids to teens
The Helen O’Grady Academy first opened in Australia in 1979 and now operates in 27 countries. Helen O’Grady started as a teacher as well as an actress and took her knowledge of children’s development and her passion for acting to create her own Drama Programme. It is suitable for kids aged 3 to 17 years and aims to develop confidence, communication and positivity through performing arts and teamwork. The drama programme is structured with specific aims including, language development and storytelling, music, movement, speech, structured and improvised scenes and more. With after-school programmes and holiday camps, and a variety of convenient locations, it’s a popular performing arts choice for kids of all ages. One Sassy Mama very fondly remembers her childhood Helen O’Grady drama lessons (we just won’t say what year that was!).
Trinity College Hong Kong – Internationally recognised English drama courses, acting lessons, musical theatre and speech classes
Trinity College London and the Trinity exam is an international exam board that’s recognised for assessments and courses all over the world. With courses in drama, musical theatre, speech and English. At its centre in Hong Kong, kids (5 years and up) will learn to develop their communication and interpersonal skills within each programme. With assessments and certifications awarded upon successful completion. Trinity College London’s Advanced Grade Qualifications in Drama (Grades 6 to 8) carry certain UK Universities (find out more about British schools in Hong Kong) and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) points for university and higher education entry.
Kids Gallery – Musical theatre, speech and communication, performing arts and drama classes in Hong Kong
Kids Gallery (more info here) has a variety of drama and speech classes for children from 3 to 12 years. These range from musical theatre to speech and communication, performance-based workshops for the London College of Music (LCM) Speech Festival, interview prep and holiday camps.
Faust – Hong Kong theatre, drama classes and workshops for kids with plays in Hong Kong
Faust has been inspiring Hong Kong’s youth performers and artists since 1999. It offers drama workshops and holiday camps for kids aged 3 to 18 years. Each age grouping offers something different as students learn all about theatre, story-telling, and acting methods. Children build confidence, teamwork and performance skills while exploring their creativity and ingenuity. These classes are conducted across various schools and venues across Hong Kong and the Faust studio in Sheung Wan (there are online options as well for young playwrights). Faust is now a certified centre for the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) examinations and also offers LAMDA workshops.
CentreStage Studios HK – Communication skills, vocal coaching, acting lessons and more
This performing arts training studio is for children and young adults from 3 to 18 years. All coaches have vocational training as well as professional performance experience. CentreStage Studios specialises in acting, communication skills, vocal coaching and musical theatre classes. It also offers the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) examination and Hong Kong Speech Festival prep courses. You can find CentreStage studios across Hong Kong.
Jumbo Kids Theatre – Children’s theatre in Hong Kong
Jumbo Kids Theatre is a professional children’s theatre group. The team has many full-time actors and graduates from the School of Drama at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts (HKAPA). You can sign up for an annual membership at $20 per year and enjoy 20% off on each purchase of a Jumbo Kids Theatre performance, as well as its courses and workshops (the application form is in Chinese only).
Hong Kong Children’s Musical Theatre – CMT Hong Kong performing arts for kids
Hong Kong Children’s Musical Theatre (CMT) offers an all-round performing arts training programme for kids and teens between 2.5 to 17 years. The course has elements of acting, dancing and singing and students also learn about the values of quality, compassion and caring for the planet. These courses require an audition before children are admitted. Please note that these courses are primarily in Cantonese.
Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) – Musical Theatre Dance and Singing for Children
This Hong Kong Performing Arts Musical Theatre course will definitely get your little star on the right track. At HKAPA, kids will focus on three core performing skills; singing, acting and dancing. Students will develop confidence and will really get to grips with musical theatre genre. Family and friends will see a final performance to showcase all the students have learned. There are two classes to book: age 5 to 7, or age 8 to 12 years.
Speech And Drama Classes In Hong Kong: English, Communication And Life Skills
FairPlay Learning – Social Impact workshops, English and drama classes
Looking for children’s drama classes with a difference? FairPlay Learning provides a 2-part curriculum dedicated to bringing together students from different backgrounds to foster social and emotional learning. It connects local school students, living below the poverty line, with international school students, looking to support their community. The drama classes are particularly useful as acting out alternative points of view as a group encourages empathy and teamwork. They also help develop soft skills such as new vocabulary, vocal awareness, body language, emotional intelligence and confidence.
ESF Drama & Communication – Speaking confidence, communication and presentation skills
This course by ESF Language & Learning is meant for kids in their final year of kindergarten (4 to 5 years). Its ideal before children go for their primary school interviews. Through imaginative play, role play and drama games, students explore themes and books to unleash their creativity and storytelling talent. Children even become aware of body language through the actions, games and songs in class. These are important life skills in today’s world.
Speech And Drama Classes In Hong Kong: Debate And Public Speaking
Future Leaders Academy – Debating and public speaking courses for kids in Hong Kong
Future Leader Academy hopes to inspire critical thinking and communication while teaching children to form reasoned and factual arguments. The aim is to develop leadership skills and uncover tomorrow’s leaders. Your children will have the chance to participate in both local and international competitions for debate, public speaking and writing. Children aged 7 to 15+ years can join the debate programmes, while the public speaking ones start at four years.
See Change Education – Online debate and public speaking courses for children
See Change Education aims to expand on a child’s worldview and encourage him or her to think outside the box. Many of the tutors are from Ivy League schools so your kids will get coached by graduates from some of the best universities in the world. Suitable for children from 5 to 12 years, a free trial is also available for these online classes. The institute also has a “Women in STEM” public speaking programme to inspire young girls.
Kids Edge Education – Storytelling, school entrance interview training, public speaking courses and more
While mainly focused on academic success, Kids Edge Education also has communication classes for kids. These prove useful both for studies and general life skills. It offers primary school interview preparation courses along with a storytelling programme for K2 and K3-aged kids. The aim is to help enhance their creativity, public speaking, logic and language development. Primary school-aged children can enrol in a public speaking course. It also offers programmes for those who want to participate in the HK Schools Speech Festival.
More Hong Kong theatre classes for kids
- HK Kidz – Hong Kong drama workshops for children aged 4 to 12 years old. www.hkkidz.com.hk
- YWCA CLLE – Here you’ll find Helen O’Grady’s drama lessons as mentioned above as well as other performing arts classes. www.clle.ywca.org.hk
- Kid Gallery – Performing arts and acting lessons for kids. Students can also take part in plays and live theatre performances. www.kidsgallery.com
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