The HOGI Story

Helen O’Grady International is the world’s largest after-school developmental drama programme. Over one million children are enrolled in this programme globally. In India alone, the programme has won the prestigious Best Innovative After-School Programme Award by the Indian Education Congress for three consecutive Years (2014, 2015 and 2016).

It all began in Australia in 1979, when Helen O'Grady, a trained drama teacher and actress, hired a hall and commenced affordable after school drama classes for students from 3 to 18 years of age.

Her aim was to provide a self-development drama programme that would help develop:

  • Enthusiasm and Optimism
  • Ongoing Confidence
  • Self-Esteem
  • Verbal Communication Skills
  • Effective Social Interaction
  • Performance Skills

Today, Helen O’ Grady International is the largest worldwide academy of its kind; with a uniquely extensive curriculum, dynamic teachers and easily accessible venues. It is an innovative educational programme with a strong emphasis on the care of all its students.

All teachers are certified as trainers after an intensive training programme. They ensure that the highest standards of our curriculum are maintained in all classes. Students attend structured classes for one hour a week, which are divided by age group. Parent Days and annual productions allow parents and guardians to witness the students' progress first hand.

In India, Helen O' Grady International has partnered exclusively with Govind Knowledge Ventures since 2003 to promote and propagate this noble undertaking. Together, we are committed to the emotional and intellectual development of students through innovative programmes that can be delivered both as in-school and after-school classes.


Mrs. Arpita Mittal

Instrumental in the launch of the programme in India, Mrs. Arpita Mittal was trained in the exclusive methodology of this drama system by Helen O' Grady, Executive Director HOGI, in Perth, Australia. With a Masters in English, Mrs. Mittal has had multiple years of teaching experience in various colleges of Mumbai, language supervision in Swedish and Canadian Embassies and in Walt Disney, India. Her sustained commitment and belief in alternative learning tools have ensured a consistent expansion and growth of this unique programme across the country.

Mr. Harsh Seksaria

Mr. Harsh Seksaria started his academic experience from his formative schooling years at Cathedral and John Connon School, Mumbai. A graduate of the Sydenham College, Mumbai, he was fascinated by the energy of Helen O' Grady Drama classes while on a visit to New Zealand and decided to bring the programme to India. Over the last several years, he has put in considerable effort to build a capable team that will deliver the objectives of the Drama Academy and enable its expansion throughout India.


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