Heres just some of thee kind words our students and parents have shared with us...
Hi Donna, Ashera did a role play at school yesterday and it was very impressive. I just wanted say thank you for building up her confidence. Please continue to help her improve her skills. Thank you so much. AZ (2020)
Donna is the best at teaching Public speaking ever. My child was shy and now she is confident and doing amazing things I never thought possible. What’s more she just loves her classes! Sarah R (2020)
Seeing my son so confident makes me so happy. Your Public speaking classes are so amazing that I may even join you too. S.Smith (2020)
You are the best teacher ever! I love my class so much! Olivia H (2020) ‘I love class with Donna. She is my favourite teacher. I love you Donna’ Pearl (2020) Drama Stars is the best. The teachers are great, everyone is so friendly and their studio is just so awesome! Jessica (2020)
Jenna was fascinated by your class. Jenna said after class. "This class is my favorite. It's so much fun! I'll look forward to every week's class." Thank you. I can already see a big difference in her confidence since she started your classes, much more outgoing, it’s lovely to see, thank you for that! Grace (2020)
DONNA IS A TRULY GIFTED AND GENEROUS TEACHER. SHE HAS THE CAPACITY TO MAKE THE MOST TENTATIVE STUDENT FEEL SAFE AND RELAXED IN HER CLASS. MY DAUGHTER HAS GROWN ENORMOUSLY IN CONFIDENCE AND SKILL SINCE JOINING THE DERMA STARTS ACADEMY. THANKS, DONNA, YOU HAVE MADE A REAL DIFFERENCE IN A’S LIFE! KATE MARIE (2018)
If anyone is wondering about doing a class with Donna from Drama Stars Academy I would definitely recommend it. It has been so good. My ASD daughter has just finished the social skills class and we will definitely sign up for more. After only five sessions I can see a huge difference in my daughter and think anyone who is thinking about it should give it a go! Heather Davis (2020)
My little one is ASD, level 2. He's been doing the Drama Stars Academy social skills for ASD kids course, which are online at the moment. They are terrific. He's made a couple of lovely friends and has no idea that there is therapy involved - for him it's a chance to talk to two boys of the same age. I've noticed a real difference in his day-to-day interactions. He is actually saying hello to other kids which is huge. Kieran, who leads the boys group, is terrific with the kids. I thought it was worth sharing; I find picking new therapy really difficult so it's great to have a success! Belinda (2020)
My daughter is doing the same in a small class with girls similar ages (she is 7) and I agree, it’s had a real impact. I notice her able to answer questions more easily/faster in general conversation which used to be something that was really anxiety-inducing for her and would result in looooooong pauses so the other party lost interest. She also really enjoys the sessions and amazingly stays focused for a whole hour, even on zoom!!! Tory Clarke (2020) Donna Larkin is running social skills courses. My boy has done some stuff with them, and I have too. She's super fun. Kelly Woods (2020) I am so impressed and recommend DSA social skills classes for your ASD kids for sure. My daughter had her first class at the studio today instead of on Zoom and it was so successful and she absolutely loved it. She came home so happy and communicative. It was wonderful . Thanks Donna! Heather Davis (2020) Yes. Completely impressed too. My son has started drama classes with Donna’s son Kieren. For a kid that hates instruction, attention, engagement... he thoroughly enjoys these classes, which I would not have known about without this group! Nicole Peel (2020)
My son has trouble sticking to anything but he absolutely loves his drama classes. Thank you Donna for your patience and encouragement. VICTORIA DAVIDSON (2018)
Hi Donna. Whilst my daughter has only been with DSA 1 term I think that her confidence in herself and her abilities has soared. She is always happy to when she comes home from DSA, full of info about the play they were doing, who was there, what costumes they wore. School has also been better in how she is interacting with her peers. Looking forward to the future 😊 CATHY PEARSON (2018)
Hi Donna - Colt was the lead boy in his play this year at school. He actually put his hand up to do it when the teacher asked! This is something he NEVER would have done in the past. Thank you so so much for building his confidence through drama class. Everyone was commenting on how amazing he was xx. CASSIE WHITE (2018)
Hi Donna, Me and my daughter Avni absolutely love to attend the Drama star class. Avni learnt so much from u and her mates. Such a nice pleasure to meet you in our Gungalin circle too. Avni is so excited for her concert. ♥️♥️ Love Donna VIVEKA SOOD (2018)
HI Donna - here is a message from Julia: Drama has been life changing for Julia. She always projects confidence in new situations (even if she feels unsure inside). Drama has showed her how to 'put her best forward'. Before drama Julia tells me she was scared to make new friends at school, but now she is the one teachers ask to look after the new person. Julia looks forward to going to drama classes every week and has made some wonderful friends there. She intends to keep doing drama for a long time to come. Thank you Donna and Drama Stars! SALLY GEORGE (2018
Donna is an awesome teacher who knows how to make a star shine. Despite her busy schedule, she always puts effort in uploading videos and posting photos even at 2 am. Thanks Donna for creating such a positive atmosphere where kids learn how to be creative, confident, caring and a drama star Both of my kids, Aarav 8.5 year old and Prisha 5.5. year old are attending DSA for last 1.5 years. Aarav was a shy boy in the beginning but Donna has helped him a lot in coming out of his shell. He is confident in performing in front of a huge crowd without any hesitation because he believes that he can give his 10 all because of Donna’s efforts. Prisha totally enjoys her drama classes , loves mingling and performing with 8 – 10 year old in her class because Donna has made her believe in herself. PRIYANKA AGARWAL KOCHHAR (2018
Just wanted to let you know - Iliarna has changed so much the past 12 months. Whilst we were away we watched how much she has grown in confidence and will speak to anyone and approach new situations with confidence and ease. This week at school she has even tried out for the school Oz Tag and Basketball teams (successful in Oz Tag selection). This is something she would not have considered doing 12 months ago - she would never put herself ‘out there’. All we can put this down to, is the confidence she has gotten form drama 😁 (2018)
For those who are thinking of attending this I can highly recommend it. My son did the previous session and the change in confidence and public speaking from him and the other kids that attended was amazing. The kids had so much fun and at the end of every session they came out completely invigorated. The make friends, laugh and learn. It is really amazing. MAE VEN (2018
Ethan did this last school holidays and LOVED it, anyone with school aged kids looking for some drama fun can't recommend Donna's classes enough. I don’t know how you did it Donna...but you did!! It was amazing and we were so happy to be part of it for our first year! Not to mention Daniel who has been on a high since last Saturday.. He loves drama..and you have ignited the spark! Thank you.. JOANNE WALLACE (2018
What a fantastic drama program! My daughter did a week of school holiday program and had a blast! Came away with more confidence, new friends and a love of drama! Laid back and easy-going but totally professional, beautifully inclusive with genuine encouragement and care from the friendly and helpful staff. Can’t recommend Drama Stars enough, a perfect introduction! Thank you Donna and Katie! ANNIE HART (2019)
My children are there for a holiday program and are loving it. Two days in, and they have learned about voice projection. The plays they put on are well orchestrated. Very impressed Ruben Morton (2018)
I saw my sister Vivien perform in the beauty pageant along with other fabulous drama stars yesterday. Loved every minute! The boys skit "Everything's a fine" was also very entertaining. I was impressed by the confidence and team work from all drama stars :) they are lucky to have such an inspirational and highly qualified drama teacher ALISON MURRAY (2017)
Amazing class that builds children's confidence. My child got up on stage at the school disco instead of clinging to me the whole time. ANGELA KENEDY
My girls love Drama Stars and Donna. My Lucy has grown so much in confidence and loves the opportunities she has with Drama Stars! (SUSAN CREATE 2018)
Donna has a great way with the kids and helps them to shine no matter the skill level. (LEEN PARSONS 2018)
Paige absolutely loved the Drama Stars holiday program. She had so much fun (SHAZAM KENNA 2018)
My son is loving his school holidays at Drama Stars and has begged to continue into the school term for weekly lessons. Donna is a wonderful teacher and has brought my son out of his shell, less fidgeting and actually listening to instructions. Highly recommend to all.(GRACE STEPHENSON 2017)
The photo's and video's she goes to the effort of posting goes a long way and are much appreciated.(DALLAS GIBB 2016)
What an amazing experience my son has had over the last week of the holidays. So much that we extended his 2 day attendance to the full week.
The teacher is so amazing with the kids boosting and nurturing their talents with so much encouragement.
"This program is incredible. My Miss Bella loves Drama on a Saturday."
"Supportive atmosphere for positive creative learning and sharing"
"Awesome teacher who builds confidence in all her students to fulfill their potential."
"This is the BEST drama school ever! We have 3 kids and we would not go anywhere else."
"My son was shy. Just 3 classes later, he was so confident. Donna truly works miracles."
"It is such a fun happy place for our kids to be. They can create and develop social skills all in one."
"My girl was such a follower before Drama Stars. Now she is a confident, caring leader. The turn around is fantastic. I highly recommend Donna's teaching at Drama Stars!"
I like Drama Stars because we have so many choices. For those of us who just want their kids to be so happy for the week, Drama Stars is perfect. For others who want their kids to do big productions it is perfect for that too. Donna caters for everyone's needs. She is amazing"
"My children have an outlet to shine. Best of all, my own kids have become close friends at Drama.Thanks Donna for helping everyone see the best in each other. You have changed our lives!"
"Hi Donna, I just want to share with you, that before Drama classes at DSA, my Rachel was so shy she could not speak at morning talk. However, Just last week, only after 4 drama classes, she stood up at assembly and was so confident, she blew everyone away. We are delighted with all you do for our kids. Thank you."
"Hi Donna, I just love my Drama classes with you. I will come forever!"
"Drama Stars is so much fun. Making up our own plays is so cool!"
"I just can't wait to grow up and be in Senior Impro. Those kids are so clever, cool and fun!" (6 year old boy)
"Donna, I just want to be a Drama teacher, just like you."
"Your Assistant teachers are such great role models for our kids!"
"Donna, you prepare your students so well when they come to audition for us, they really stand out. Your kids are so polished and their focus on and off the stage is really superior to drama students from other drama schools." (Production Director)
"It is our pleasure to have your kids in our shows. They bring great energy to the stage and their enthusiasm is infectious!" (Director)
"I have never seen a better space to teach and learn drama. You have it all!"
"Since my son starting coming to your Drama school, I have never seen him happier."
"My girls used to argue a lot. But since doing drama classes together they are much happier together. I even saw them doing drama at home together and then were laughing and having fun, where before they would have been fighting." "The studio - theatre at Drama Stars Academy is simply the best. She has everything like a real theatre so the kids can learn everything!"
"Donna, I don't know how you find the time and energy to put so much effort into posting photos and video's but I appreciate it so much. I love going through them an seeing all the work everyone has done!" (Parent of a child from a full week of Holiday Drama)"