About Helen O'Grady Malta

Who We Are

The international Helen O'Grady Academy is the only organisation of its kind in Malta offering a unique development programme that really works.

It was originally founded in 1979 in Australia, when Helen O'Grady, a trained teacher, drama teacher and actress, hired a hall and commenced affordable after school drama classes for young people from 5-18 years of age.

Her aims provide a self-development drama programme encouraging

  • Enthusiasm, energy and a positive approach to life
  • Ongoing confidence
  • Self esteem
  • Skill in verbal communication
  • Effective social interaction
  • Performance skills

Helen’s legacy continues today, with over 80,000 students attending dynamic drama classes in 34 countries worldwide.

Our extensive curriculum, designed over the years by experts in their field, as well as our dynamic teachers and easily accessible venues, make this truly community-based organisation, with a strong emphasis on the care of all its students.

Students attend fast-moving classes for one hour a week, according to their specific age-group.

Parents Days and an annual production allow parents and friends to see the progress of the students first-hand.



The Helen O’Grady Academy offers a rich curriculum providing children as young as 3 with a developmental programme designed to increase their confidence, self-esteem, communicative ability and creative talents.

The Helen O’Grady Academy is the only school of its kind that works with a set curriculum designed to help children develop clear, articulate speech, a fluent delivery and the ability to converse and discuss in a creative manner.

We are not in the business of turning children into stars, focusing instead on tapping into their inherent creativity and encouraging them to come out of their shells. 

There are no end-of-term examinations, because children have enough academic pressure as it is and without exams, there can be no failures - only a motivating sense of achievement.

Having FUN remains key to the academy’s success because we believe that “a lesson learned through fun … is never forgotten. It stays with us forever”.

There are no large-scale productions at the end of the year because there can only ever be one Peter Pan or one Cinderella and this can be counter-productive to the confidence growth of the child. 

Parents will, however, be invited to attend a sample lesson towards the end of each term to see our teaching methods and witness, first-hand, the development of their children.

Your children will LOVE IT!!

Meet The Teachers

The Helen O' Grady Academy is extremely proud of its teachers. Our award-winning curriculum is excellent, so we ensure that we have equally brilliant teachers to implement our programme.

Our selection process for teachers is extremely stringent. We are meticulous when it comes to background screening – including police conduct reports and references from previous employers, as well as qualifications.

All our teachers follow a rigid training programme before final accreditation by the Academy. Because our teaching techniques are constantly developing, training is an on-going process and seminars are held before each term begins to ensure that we are all at the top of our game.

Our teachers are supervised throughout the scholastic year.

We do all this to ensure that our students get the very best! And their parents have peace of mind, knowing that their children are in safe hands.

“Our wonderful curriculum is only as good as the teachers that teach it. Our teachers are brilliant” - Alan Montanaro (Principal – HOGM)
Director & Teacher
The Helen O'Grady Academy in Malta is run by Alan Montanaro who received full accreditation at the...
Principal & Teacher
Emma is the Principal of the academy as well as one of the Master teachers and trainers. Emma also co-wrote the...
Junior Manager/ Little + LARGE Manager & Teacher
Kirsty Gillard is a UK Trained Early Years Educator with extensive experience working with children both in the UK...
Junior Manager & Teacher
Development Manager/ Premises Manager & Teacher
David Hirst is a qualified educator and teacher from the UK with over 20 years of experience working with children...
Patsy Chetcuti...
Kyra Chetcuti (BA Hons Dance and Performance, AIDTA, PGCE.) joined Helen O'Grady Academy in 2015. ...
Rachel is a freelance dancer and educator whose interest lies in linking the psychological with the...
Rebecca is Maltese and has been teaching in the Early Years Sector since 2012. She continued her studies and...
Fran graduated from the university of Malta with a Ba in Dance, having always been an avid mover and unable to sit...
Francesca has been working for the past 4 years as a kindergarten teacher. She is now enjoying working as a part...
Consultant/ Guest Teacher
Andrea Grancini is 44 years old and comes from Italy. He teaches physical theatre and is a massage...

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