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Grace Studios opened its doors in 2010 and is today an award winning studio providing local tuition and online lessons for students located anywhere in the world. Grace Studios is one of the Sutherland Shire’s leading Speech and Drama schools preparing students for formal, internationally recognised qualifications in the arts. Here, we teach the five 'C's: confidence, creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking. These are invaluable and transferable skills that students can take with them into their personal and professional lives, helping them to succeed in school and in the workplace. Grace Studios is a creative community that promotes inclusion and positive risk taking, helping students to appreciate their own unique qualities, to recognise and value those in others, and to grow into empathetic and passionate leaders.
Our educational services are carefully tailored to map students’ needs and provide rewarding classes for students of all ages and experience levels. The studio provides fun group drama lessons, preparation for AMEB Speech and Drama exams, speech and voice classes, public speaking and communication coaching, HSC Drama tutoring, audition preparation, musical theatre and singing lessons. Students are also encouraged to participate in a range of external performance opportunities, including eisteddfods, exams, auditions, and our annual stage production showcasing students’ work and achievements.
In both 2018 and 2019 Anna-Grace was named in the top five highest ranking AMEB Speech and Drama Teachers in the State of NSW. As well as working as a peripatetic teacher in schools, Anna Grace has been the director of her own performing arts studio, Grace Studios, for the past ten years. In this time, she has worked with more than five hundred students across the areas of speech, drama and musical theatre. Anna Grace is an accredited AMEB (Australian Music Examinations Board) Speech and Drama teacher, and is herself a passionate performer with professional experience in film, television and fashion.
As well as her career in the arts, Anna Grace is also the CEO of an international technology startup and chairs a not for profit promoting STEM education and entrepreneurship for young people. In her roles as a founder and a business woman, Anna Grace has featured as a keynote speaker at conferences and events around the world, recently including TEDx, The United States Wearable Technologies Conference, and a variety of thought leader panels and guest lectures for universities and educational institutions including: UNSW, UTS and SP Jain School of Global Management. In March 2019 Anna-Grace represented Australia, and the University of Sydney, in New York as a Global Voices Scholar at the United Nations 63rd Commission on the Status of Women.
COVID-19 has required the studio to re-asses its service delivery. As per government enforced social distancing rules, and the closure of non-essential services, Grace Studios has ceased providing on-site tuition. Despite these challenging times, we will continue to offer our creative education classes online. Teachers have carefully tailored lessons with new online learning formats. As a studio, we are providing additional technical support and e-learning services.
We consider creative education an essential service as we are working to ensure that students can continue to connect with their peers, discuss their ideas, imagine and rehearse creative performances, set goals, meet learning outcomes, and pursue their passions.
For the second year running our studio director, Anna Grace, was ranked in the top four most outstanding AMEB Speech and Drama teachers in the state of NSW.
Nothing is more important than ensuring students have access to the most skilled and motivated mentors. At Grace Studios, all of our teachers are highly qualified tutors with recognised teaching accreditation from Australia's leading Speech, Drama and Music institutions– such as The Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB).
What is AMEB
AMEB (NSW) has been inspiring excellence and supporting students' artistic achievements for over 100 years. AMEB (NSW) provides quality assessments in music and speech and drama, with more than 35,000 AMEB exams undertaken by students each year. AMEB is the most widely used assessment system in its fields of study in Australia and AMEB credentials are recognised professionally both in Australia and overseas. AMEB (NSW) is a constituted entity under the agency of the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).
Why we teach it
A widely recognised qualification that can assist with entry into tertiary education
The only examination body with formal links to major Australian universities and Ministers for Education
The most widely-used assessment system for Music, Speech and Drama in Australia
Assessment from the preliminary to diploma level
Highly-trained examiners who are specialists
Detailed written reports for practical examinations
Accessible syllabuses developed in consultation with teachers, parents and students