Best acting schools in Johannesburg: A-Z list with images and contact details

Best acting schools in Johannesburg: A-Z list with images and contact details

Although many consider acting a natural talent, some people need slight coaxing out of their shy tiny shells. Therefore looking for the best theatrics institutions for your promising children is crucial. Browse through the best acting schools in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Best acting schools in Johannesburg
These are some of the top drama institutions in Joburg. Photo: KEHAN CHEN
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Acting in Africa has become one of the most successful professions, and South Africa is home to some of the best actors and actresses in film. The likes of Trevor Noah, Sasha Pieterse and Sid James have even met international standards and are flying the Mzansi flag high in Hollywood.

Which are the top acting schools in Johannesburg?

Johannesburg is home to some of the best places to receive acting classes in South Africa. Some of them include:

1. AFDA

Best acting schools in Johannesburg
AFDA is a private Higher Education institution that offers courses in film, television, performance, business innovation and technology, radio and podcasting. Photo: @afda.filmschool
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AFDA is one of the top acting schools for kids. In addition, the private Higher Education institution offers courses in film, television, performance, business innovation and technology, radio and podcasting.

  • Location: 41 Frost Ave, Auckland Park 2092, Joburg, South Africa
  • Telephone: +27 (0) 11 482 8345
  • Email: jhbcampus@afda.co.za

2. ADK

Best acting schools in Johannesburg
The ADK offers drama classes with many, many benefits, such as confidence boost, enhanced creativity, improved memory, and communication, and many more.Photo: @ADKFourways
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The ADK (founded in 1939) presents the following film and drama classes, including a 3-year Professional Licentiate Certificate for adults. (Part-Time), film and drama courses for teenagers and kids. and various other services.

  • Location: g1 hub Sunset Boulevard, Pine Slopes AH, Joburg, 2191, South Africa
  • Telephone: 076 538 9967/ 082 781 8032
  • Email: adkmain@mweb.co.za

3. Actor Spaces

Best acting schools in Johannesburg
Actor Spaces Is A New Digital Publication/ Online Magazine That Is Set To Identify And Promote Excellence In The Local Acting Sphere. Photo: @actorspaces
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Actor Spaces is a new digital publication/online magazine set to identify and promote excellence in the local acting sphere.

  • Location: 44 Stanley Ave, Braamfontein Werf, Joburg, 2092, South Africa

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4. Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking

Best acting schools in Johannesburg
Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking is a multi-award winning educational institution dedicated to professional practice and social justice. Photo: @BigFishSchool
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Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking is a multi-award winning educational institution dedicated to professional practice and social justice and one of the best drama schools.

  • Location: 25 Owl St, Braamfontein Werf, Joburg, 2006, South Africa
  • Telephone: +27 11 482 5599

5. Central Johannesburg College

Best acting schools in Johannesburg
Central Johannesburg TVET College (CJC) was established on 11th September 2003. Photo: @Central Johannesburg TVET College
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Inspired by excellence and innovation, CJC offers both NATED and NC (V) accredited acting courses.

  • Location: 5 Ubla Avenue, Off Princess of Wales Terrace Parktown, Joburg, South Africa
  • Telephone: +27 11 351-6000
  • Email: info@cjc.edu.za

6. Fame Academy

Best acting schools in Johannesburg
Fame academy aims to produce artistic entrepreneurs that will contribute to the gross domestic product of the country. Photo: @FAMEfet (modified by author)
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FAME stands for: Films, Arts, Media and Embroidery.

  • Location: Diagonal St, Newtown, Joburg, SA
  • Telephone: 076 612 9987
  • Email: info@famefet.co.za

7. Footprint Media Academy

Best acting schools in Johannesburg
The Footprint Media Academy logo. Photo: @footprintmediaacademy
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Footprint Media Academy (FMA) is registered with the South African Qualifications Authority and the Media Information Communication Telecommunication (MICT) Seta Training Provider.

  • Location: 1 Lewis Rd, Richmond, Joburg, 2092, South Africa
  • Telephone: +27 87 802 9283
  • Email: info@fmtva.co.za

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8. Helen O'Grady Drama Academy

Best acting schools in Johannesburg
Helen O'Grady Drama Academy is Africa's largest drama school with globally over 100000 students attending classes each week. Photo: @helenogradydramaacademyjoburgnorthwest
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The Helen O'Grady Drama Academy is the only organisation in Africa. It was initially founded in 1979 in Australia, when Helen O'Grady, a trained teacher, drama teacher and actress, hired a hall and commenced affordable after school drama classes for young people from 5-18 years of age.

  • Location: Blairgowrie Recreation Centre, Park Ln, Blairgowrie, Joburg, 2123, South Africa
  • Telephone: +27 83 410 2940
  • Email: vicky@helenogrady.co.za

9. Indigo View

Best acting schools in Johannesburg
Indigo View established the Advanced Performers Academy for Gauteng actors ranging from beginners to intermediate and experienced. Photo: @Indigo View
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The Advanced Actors Academy was started by Indigo View and has grown to one of the most prominent acting schools in Gauteng.

  • Location: 3 Diamond Close, Edenburg, Joburg, 2146, South Africa
  • Telephone: +27 83 394 5496

10. Joburg Theatre

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Joburg Theatre Complex is a group of four theatres built in 1962. Photo: @joburgtheatre
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Joburg Theatre Complex, previously known as the Johannesburg Civic Theatre, is a group of four theatres situated in Braamfontein, Joburg, South Africa.

  • Telephone: +27 11 877 6800/011 877 6847
  • Email: info@joburgtheatre.com

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11. Kingclip Casting, Acting and Voice Agency

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The Kingclip Casing Acting and Voice Agency is s professional casting talent agency specialising in training actors, voice-over artists and athletes. Photo: @KingclipCastingAgencyAndArtistManagement
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The Kingclip Casing Acting and Voice Agency is s professional casting talent agency specialising in representing actors, characters, children, voice-over artists, hand models, extras and athletes.

Location: G09 Design District Cnr Keyes and, Tyrwhitt Ave, Rosebank, Johannesburg, 2196, South Africa

  • Telephone: +27 72 480 2422
  • Email: +27 72 480 2422 (general Enquiries)

12. GOSH INSPIRED

Best acting schools in Johannesburg
Gsh Inspired is an art institution with a wide range of acting and modelling classes for ages for all ages. Photo: @GOSH INSPIRED - DRAMA GROUP
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GOSH INSPIRED, previously known as LALT is famous for Drama Education, Television Training and Public Speaking training with passionate instructors.

  • Location: Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa
  • Email: info@nationalarts.co.za

13. The Market Theatre

Best acting schools in Johannesburg
The Market Theatre was opened in 1976 and named after a fruit and vegetable market that was previously located there. Photo: after a fruit and vegetable market that was previously located there.
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The Market Theatre, based in the downtown bohemian suburb of Newtown in Johannesburg, South Africa, was opened in 1976.

  • Telephone: +27 11 832 1641

Frequently asked questions

There are several factors to consider for those looking to join theatre schools, including cost and quality of education. These are some of the answers to the most asked queries.

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How much do acting courses cost in South Africa?

The fees depend on the institution you enrol in. The Market Theatre, for example, charges R2500 for 12 weeks of training. On the other hand, LALT Drama charges R600 per month, and Little Actors charges R780 for 12 lessons for 3-9 years. However, there are no free acting classes in Johannesburg. Each registered institution has its respective rates.

How much does it cost to attend acting school?

An average acting class might cost you between $150 and $2000, and if you hire an acting coach, it costs $40 to $100 per hour. And an acting degree or diploma will cost around $20,000 to $60,000 per year.

Which university can I study acting in South Africa?

There are several universities offering theatre courses. They include, University of Pretoria, Stellenbosch University, Rhodes University Theatre, University of Cape Town, CityVarsity, and Act Cape Town - Film Acting Academy.

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Can I do acting without matric?

There are no formal education requirements to become an actor, but a bachelor's degree in theatre arts, drama, acting and performing may help learn technical skills. Experience is vital in this career, as experience leads to more prominent and higher-paying roles.

So there you have it, some of the best acting schools in Johannesburg. These institutions have produced the finest actors and actresses in the Mzansi nation and are recognised for their top-notch quality services.

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