Prior to establishing the Academy, Helen qualified as a teacher and then worked extensively in children’s television as a presenter and producer, and also as a professional actress.
Widely acknowledged as a world expert in the field of children’s developmental drama, in September 2003, Trinity College, London, one of the largest and best known institutions of its kind in the world, recognized Helen’s unique achievements by conferring on her an honorary Fellowship (F.T.C.L.) the highest academic qualification awarded by the College. She is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (F.A.I.M.).
Development Through Drama!
Helen O’Grady reflects on the incredible journey that has seen a small Perth-based venture, in Australia, become a worldwide organisation.
The more I travelled and absorbed different cultures, the more I realised how similar we all are. Parents and children everywhere share basic hopes and dreams. Parents want their children to feel loved, to be happy, confident, empowered, able to affect change and prosper. Children need to feel loved, valued, recognized, included, and to be motivated, happy and hopeful.
My passion, enthusiasm and belief in the effectiveness of the programme continue to be the driving force in my life. Through our programme we are able to help thousands and thousands of young people find their voice, generate self-belief, become generous participants in life and to experience much fun and fulfillment along the way!