Our classes

Initialize uses improvisational drama methods, in particular devised theatre, as a way for students to develop emotional literacy and leadership skills in a way that feels creative and playful. Devised theatre is a collaborative and improvisational form of drama creation where drama pieces are organically created based on a theme or topic.

Our classes cover different topics every term, including:


Active listening

Giving and receiving strengths-based feedback


judgements & projection

ā€œIā€ statements

Recognising and managing emotional triggers

Assertive communication

Class activities include theatre sport games, topic discussions, brainstorms and drama coaching. These activities set the groundwork for the devised theatre pieces that are created by students and showcased to family, friends and whanau at our end-of-term performances.

Speech and drama skills

Alongside the emotional literacy, personal development and leadership skills that our classes foster, we ensure that students are taught core speech and drama skills, including:

Speaking clearly and confidently: Projection & articulation

Giving and receiving technique-based feedback

Stage Presence and body language, including posture and placement

Effective communication of an idea or topic

Audience engagement

Personal development

We define personal development as getting to know ourselves better and being known better by others.

Through knowing ourselves better - that is, by being more aware of our thoughts, feelings and responses -  we can develop more control over how we respond to and are affected by people and situations in the future. And through being known by others - that is, sharing more of our thoughts and feelings with others - we can develop closer connections and build stronger relationships.  


We believe that leadership is demonstrated through having the emotional literacy and communication skills needed to collaborate with others to reach a common goal. Before we can lead others, we first need to know ourselves.

Term fees and promotions

Your first trial class is free of charge, and there is absolutely no obligation to continue if our classes are not the right fit for you.

Standard term fee is $170.00 per 10-week term. Our classes run for 90 minutes. First term is $153.00 with free trial lesson.

 We are currently offering a bring a friend deal - refer a someone to our classes and you will both receive 25% off that term payment. 

Our student satisfaction policy

If after three consecutive classes you decide to discontinue, we will happily give you a full refund for the term.

Payment options

We understand that paying term fees in advance can be simply unaffordable for some families. We offer a weekly payment plan if you would like to stagger your payments throughout the term. Please enquire here.


We have limited full and partial scholarships available. Please enquire here.


Private lessons

We offer one-on-one lessons for students looking to enhance specific public speaking or communication skills. Fee is $140.00 per 60 minute lesson. Enquire here.


End-of-term performances

Our end-of-term performances give students a chance to share what they have learnt over the term with family, friends and whanau. It provides a common goal for students to work towards throughout the term and an opportunity to put into practice the drama skills they have developed over the term.

Prospective students and their families are welcome to come along to our end-of-term performances to get a taste of what our classes entail and to meet with our teachers and students. Please enquire here if you are interested in attending the next performance.