Drama Kids International Franchise

Last Updated on July 25, 2012 by DeanR

Drama Kids International Franchise

Drama Kids International is a franchise for a drama school for kids. It was founded in 1985 by an Australian TV actress, Helen O’Grady. She wanted to create a way to teach children about acting in a fun and fast paced process.

She said that it will help develop children’s skills in acting, speaking, and social skills. It became successful and known in Australia. She started opening franchises in other countries in 1989 and it used to be called The Helen O’Grady Children’s Drama Academy. The program has been proven to be effective that they now have more than 1,500 locations all over the United States, Australia, and in other countries like South Africa and New Zealand. They have also expanded in Europe and in Southeast Asia. Drama Kids International is an exclusive partner in the United States by Helen O’Grady Children’s Drama Program. They offer drama classes for toddlers, kids, and teens. They believe that their program is effective in teaching kids about Leadership and teamwork, to have confidence and self esteem, and improve their speech and acting abilities.

What programs do they offer at the Drama Kids International?

They have preschool workshops for toddlers aged three to four years old. They hold in-school field trips that encourage them to be imaginative in acting and exploring. They have the KinderKids program for children aged four to five years old. This is focused on children attending pre-K or Kindergarten. They help build the children’s confidence and improve their social skills. They have Lower Primary Program for children aged five to eight years old. They concentrate on the children’s speech and delivering it fluently. They have Upper Primary Programs for children aged nine to 11 years old. This program is designed to teach children about invaluable life skills. They hold Drama Kids Summer and Holiday Camps and end the week with a presentation for their friends and families. For children aged 12 to 18 years old, they have the DKI Acting Academy. This program sharpens the children’s speaking skills, acting, and especially their auditioning skills.

Costs and requirements on running a Drama Kids International franchise

You need to have a net worth of $50,000 and a total liquid asset of at least $25,000. Expect to be investing about $19,000 to $58,000. The Drama Kids International  Franchise fee is $17,000 to $48,500 with an on-going royalty fee of 6% to 9%. This is for a renewable seven year term agreement. This franchise can be run from home and you will need about four employees to run one location. They don’t allow absentee ownership.

What is included in the franchise package?

There will be one week training in Hanover, Maryland and one week training at your location. There will also be an annual conference with other Drama Kids International  franchise owners. You will be given access to the company intranet system, iHITS, which you can use to communicate with DKI personnel for help, a digital library, and access to pictures and class recommendations. You will also be provided your own website for your local customers to access. For marketing, they have a marketing program that you can access.  You can order mailers, postcards, and brochures that are professionally designed. You will have access to downloadable advertisements, student newsletters and other advertising materials. You will also benefit from the national public relations company that they are tied with.

Drama Kids International Contact Details:

You may reach them at:

Address: 525-K E. Market St., #250 Leesburg, Virginia 20176

Phone: (866)809-1055

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