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Mondays: Epuni Hall- Lower Hutt

  • New Wonders: Introduction to drama, ages 4+: 3.30pm-4.15pm

  • Star Players: ages 8+, 4.15-5.15pm

  • Wellington Young Actors (Lower Hutt) 5.15-6.30pm

Tuesdays: Churton Park Community Centre

  • Star Players: ages 8+, 4pm-4.45pm

  • Wellington Young Actors (Churton Park), 4.45-6.15pm

Wednesdays: Toi Poneke Arts Centre

  • Advanced Drama (9-14yrs), 4.00-4.45pm

  • Wellington Young Actors (CBD), 4.45-6.15pm

Thursdays:  Island Bay Community Centre

  • New Wonders: Introduction to drama, ages 4+: 3.45pm-4.30pm

  • Star Players: ages 8+, 4.30-5.30pm

Families enrolling more than one student, across any of the classes, receive a 10% discount on the fees of each additional student.

All students are welcome to trial their first class.




After-school drama uses fun activities to teach performance skills such as vocal technique, movement, character building, devising and script work. Students will learn ways of working together, stepping forward into leadership and listening to others. Drama class is just like any other team and students will be guided in how to support each other in performance, learning and discovery.

New Wonders

Students new to drama explore fun and creative ways to use their bodies and voices. New Wonders are encouraged to make self discoveries through their imaginations, play and general silliness.

New Wonders is all about allowing students to feel safe enough to step forward into leadership and to allow themselves to be seen, heard and understood- when they're ready, and how they would like to do it.

The most important thing about New Wonders is to create fun experiences with drama and performing- whoever the little actor is. Drama is for everyone and every actor is different. New Wonders allows each student to shine their light on themselves in whatever colour (or level of brightness!) that they wish.

There is no upper age limit on New Wonders but students tend to be 4-9 years old.

Two Locations:

Lower Hutt (Monday, 3.30-4.15pm), Island Bay (Thursday, 3.45-4.30pm)

Fees: $135 per term

Star Players

Students explore a range of theatre, film and performing work. From silly scripts to Shakespeare, acting for camera, mask and puppetry, creating their own work, site specific performances and large stages. They dip into it all!

All work is kept fun in an environment which encourages having a go, making mistakes and finding out what each student loves.

All actors are welcome, whether they would like 1 line or 100.

Star Players are generally 8-14 years old.

Three Locations:

Lower Hutt (Monday, 4.15pm) Churton Park (Tuesday, 4pm), Island Bay (Thursday, 4.30pm)

Fees: $140 per term


Teenagers are given tools to create their own work and bring to life the work of others. Classes involve voice and movement training as well as character building skills and acting for stage as well as screen. Students are encouraged to make their own discoveries and are mentored to become independent performers who can create and problem-solve on their own.

All students are also training in production and arts management such as marketing, fundraising, design and more.


As well as some of the world's best scripts, Wellington Young Actors have produced many original works over the years, including multiple award-winning productions in the New Zealand Fringe Festival.


Classes are divided into level one and level two students who work together in a tuakana–teina relationship, as well as on their own.

There is no audition requirement; however, those who join our level two class are required to "introduce" themselves to the group at their first class, following our Young Actors welcoming process, which involves offering a performance of their favourite monologue to the group.

Three Locations:

Lower Hutt (Monday, 5.15-6.15pm-coming soon) Churton Park (Tuesday, 4.45-6.15), Wellington CBD (Wednesday, 4.45-6.15pm)

Fees: $160 per term

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