Our history

The home of beginners acting since 1992!

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 school was originally run from rooms at St Canices church hall in Rushcutters Bay by teachers including; Mat Stewart, Cristabel Sved, Drew Fairley, Maurie Barlin, Chris Murphy, Fay Longbottom, Chrissy Ynfante and Glenn Terry.

Profits from Darlo Drama were used to set up a theatre at the Wayside Chapel Theatre in Hughes Street Kings Cross in 1993. 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. The first production was Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett directed by David Jobling and featured an all female cast. The Beckett Estate took umbrage to the all female cast and promptly cancelled the performance licence and the production after the first week of shows!

Darlo Drama has a proud history of supporting the development of the Darlinghurst Theatre Company and providing a creative outlet to literally tens of thousands of students over the years. Today, our values of egalitarianism, accessability 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.