Our history

The home of beginners acting since 1992!

Our Values
In 1992 Darlinghurst Drama was established as a drama school for adult amateurs to persue their interest in drama and performance. Darlo Drama as it came to be known did not trade off the promise of ‘fame and fortune’. Instead Darlo Drama was non elitist and was founded on the values of egalitarianism, accessibility and encouraging people from all walks of life to participate in drama.

The Early days
Our first classes were held at St Canice’s church in Rushcutters Bay and then in 1993 we set up a small theatre in the Wayside Chapel at Kings Cross. The Wayside Chapel Theatre had been inactive for a number of years and we installed basic technical equipment and began producing theatre productions. Performers were drawn from Darlo Drama and at times teachers featured in productions as well. In 1999 our time in the Wayside Chapel Theatre came to an abrupt end after a severe storm damaged the building’s roof.

Our links to the Darlinghurst Theatre Company
In 2000 Darlo Drama shared space with the Darlinghurst Theatre Company in the recently renovated Reginald Murphy Hall (now Hayes Theatre in Greenknowe Ave). We remained with the theatre until they relocated to the stunning Eternity Playhouse in 2013.

Our own theatre... again!
Having used hired rooms from the City of Sydney for our classes, in 2016 we claimed our very own venue at Level One, 16-18 Oxford Square Darlinghurst. This exciting step meant that we once again had somewhere to call home! A large refurbishment occurred in 2019 (and lots of late nights for Glen and Romney!) when we launched our very own theatre again. Since then, the Darlo Drama Theatre has housed more than fifty productions and performances and entertained literally hundreds of audience members.

Our past informs our future
Romney and Glen are driven by care and passion for what they do. Being a part of each individual student’s journey through acting is an honour and a privilege. Darlo Drama has provided a creative outlet to literally tens of thousands of students over the years. Today, our values of egalitarianism, accessibility and inclusion hold strong as we remain the “Best for Beginners” Acting School in Sydney. Darlo Drama has grown together with our students and we now offer a suite of Advanced Acting courses as well as training programs in the business environment.

We look forward to welcoming you to Darlo!