Drama Academy

If you enjoy working in a team, taking and giving direction, thinking outside the box, performing to a variety of audiences and collaborating with others in a supportive space – our academy is for you!

Freyberg High School’s Drama Academy welcomes all students who have a passion for and want to extend their ability in the performing arts, as well as acting on screen and stage. Members of the Drama Academy are involved in our biannual major school production and have a variety of acting opportunities in community events, such as the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival.

The academy is made up of students from all year levels and allows our young performers to work with those who they might not have had the opportunity to do so during class time. Many members are offered leadership roles within the academy, which allows individuals to develop confidence and build strong relationships with their peers.

In 2023, Freyberg High School’s Drama Academy meets according to the Cinderella musical rehearsal schedule. 

If you wish to apply for the Drama Academy, please indicate this by ticking the Drama Academy box on your FHS enrolment form.

You will be contacted by email inviting you to audition.

  • If you would like to audition for the Drama Academy please be in contact with our Drama Academy Director, Jess Brogan. Please either see her in person, or e-mail BroganJ@freyberg.ac.nz. Auditions are in Term Four, to be part of the Academy the following year.
  • In a major school production year (bi-annually), students are required to audition for this, in order to join the Academy. In a non-major school production year, auditions require students to perform an organised monologue of one-minute in length and to respond to an improv prompt. Auditions will be organised between the auditionee and Drama Academy Director.
  • Students in Drama Academy must take Drama as a subject, have a positive and excited attitude towards Drama, uphold the Drama Academy policy document and contribute to all activities that are covered throughout our year. The opportunities we expect students to be involved in currently are: Sheilah Winn Shakespeare festival, Devising showcases and our bi-annual Musical production. Opportunities do not always ask students to act, they can direct or participate in technical roles.
  • Throughout the year we give opportunities to attend performances outside of Freyberg, and whilst these are mandatory, we do expect students to be excited to attend performances that will extend their experience with the performing arts.
  • Students who participate in Drama Academy receive Bronze, Silver and Gold awards for their participation and these are based on their leadership throughout their time at school.

Jess Brogan - Drama Academy Director