Kids Up Front Drama Academy was founded in 1999 by Karin Clifford to provide a creative and fun after school drama program designed to develop children’s confidence and self-esteem. Since then thousands of children have benefitted from the classes and the program itself has been developed over the years with a collaboration of experience from a dedicated team of teachers.

The drama classes are fun and dynamic and children learn skills of improvising, working as part of a team and devising theatre. Each year around twenty groups in Sydney and a few groups in Melbourne prepare for performing at the theatre in our Annual Shows. (See Annual Shows for more information).

In 2009 the hugely popular ‘ Performing Arts Holiday Camps’ were launched offering children the opportunity to Sing, Act and Dance and work throughout a week with specialist teachers to produce a fabulous musical show.

Every school holidays hundreds of children participate in the themed camps in Sydney, Auckland and Melbourne.

With limited places and extended hours (until 5:30 pm Monday to Thursday) which are a huge plus for working parents they are hugely popular and often fill up, so please book early to avoid disappointment.


This April, Kids Up Front will be running performing arts holiday camps throughout the North Shore and Leichhardt. Specialist singing, dancing and drama tutors will work with the kids to put on a fabulous and fun musical show. These holidays, it’s ‘The Magical Faraway Tree 2'!

  • When: 14-17 April and 20 -24 April between 9am to 3pm. Free extended hours available from 8am to 5.30 pm.
  • Cost: Five Day Rate = $385 ($365 if you book by 16 March 2020), Day Rate = $85 ($80 if you book by 16 March 2020). Four Day Rate = $340 ($320 if you book by 16 March 2020). **Creative Kids Vouchers accepted**
  • Bookings:


Just a little opening montage we whipped up this morning at the Melbourne Camp! 🤩

Posted by Kids Up Front on Wednesday, 2 October 2019

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