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  • New students interested in the classes should not make a payment without first checking that there are places available.

Please note that discounts apply to students returning from the immediately preceding term only. 

The class fee per term for existing senior teens and adult students is $135 (a discount of $15) and $70 for junior students (a $10 discount), and must be paid in full prior to the start of each term.



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Drama Classes

Looking for drama classes in Auckland? Howick Little Theatre's drama classes are structured to allow individual students to learn and be challenged in a fun environment. It is not necessary for participants to have existing drama experience –- a strong desire to be there and a willingness to try new things is all that is required (though a sense of humour is a plus!). A range of theatrical devices, games, styles, exercises and devised provocations is used. Focus is given to character development and storytelling and students will learn much and grow in confidence. There is also a strong emphasis on creating work. Students are encouraged to free up their imaginations and explore the notion of play as a creative tool while also learning to trust their abilities to communicate through physical expression.


PAYMENTS: Full payment of term fees is required before the first day of class each term. No place will be confirmed for a student until full payment has been received. Students will not be able to participate in any drama class if they have not paid the term's fee in full before the start of each term. For students returning from the previous term, a discount is available when fees are paid.

WITHDRAWAL FROM A CLASS: A student may withdraw from a booked class at no cost before the first class of term. Withdrawal after the first class of term will incur a $25 administration charge, then the balance of fees will be refunded. If a student withdraws any later in the term, no refund of class fees will be payable. Notification of withdrawal from a class must be in writing.

Meet our SENIOR drama teacher


Ben Crowder
, a very experienced drama tutor and much-in-demand professional theatre director, is taking the older teens and adult drama classes on Monday nights. A co-founder of the innovative Auckland-based theatre company ‘Theatre Stampede’, Ben is renowned for his high-energy teaching style, which ensures that classes are both constructive and enjoyable.

He directed Auckland Theatre Company's first production for 2011, Robert Lord's Well Hung. Ben co-directed ATC's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream with Colin McColl in 2012. In 2014, Ben directed the stage adaptation of Margaret Mahy's The Man Whose Mother Was a Pirate for the Auckland Theatre Company.

Donna Brookbanks


Donna Brookbanks is the tutor for the Junior Classes, having joined HLT in term 4, 2015. Donna has her ATCL (teaching diploma) in Speech and Drama, Certificate in Acting and Bachelor of Arts in Film, TV and Theatre. She produces and participates in "Snort"  a weekly comedy improv show at the Basement Theatre and as well as being an actor, she is a successful comedian and playwright. 


There are five classes available to suit different ages and allow student progression. The classes are arranged in these age groups: 6-8 years, 9-11 years, young teens (12-13 years), older teens (14-18 years), and adults. Click here for individual class times and dates. Pre-enrolment and payment in full is required before each term commences.

2015 Terms

Term 1:     Mon, 8 February to 11 April (9 weeks, excludes Easter Monday)

                Tues, 16 February to 12 April (9 weeks)

Term 2:     Mon, 2 May to 4 July (9 weeks excluding Queen’s Birthday)

                Tues, 3 May  to 28 June (9 weeks)

Term 3:     Mon, 25 July to 19 Sept (9 weeks)

                Tues, 26 July to 20 Sept (9 weeks)

Term 4:     Mon, 10 Oct to 12 Dec (9 weeks excluding Labour Day)

                Tues, 11 Oct to 6 Dec (9 weeks)



In-class presentations are staged during the year and there will also be opportunities to share work with friends and family.