Journey to the Centre of the Stage

Term 1 first week back : Monday 3rd February - Saturday 8th February 2020

A pathway to high quality performing arts training

Whether you are studying the performing arts for personal development, to practice for amateur productions, or want to become a professional artist, The Academy has a broad range of exciting programmes in acting, singing and dancing.

Students love our highly-skilled team of teachers which includes experienced industry professionals who deliver supportive and challenging training to continually improve your skills.

Types of Classes
Inspired kids

11 years or younger?

Every child is a star at Theatre Bugs

Join our Classes

At Adelaide Theatre Academy, we have a variety of classes where you can learn to sing, dance and act.

Everyone is a star!

Holiday Programs

Looking for something fun to do in the school holidays? Make friends while taking part in acting, drama and singing workshops. At the end of the one week program, students perform to family and friends. 

A great way to keep active!

Our professionally trained teachers adapt their lessons to suit your specific needs.

You can learn to learn to sing, dance or act at your own pace, in a safe, one-on-one friendly environment.

Why people love Adelaide Theatre Academy


Peace of Mind

Your safety and well being is as important to us as it is to you. Our teachers genuinely CARE about their students. All teachers hold First Aid certificates, Police Clearances and receive ongoing training, mentoring and support.


Skills for Life

You will learn to trust your own ideas, develop perseverance, empathy, teamwork, to feel confident in your own ability and develop the confidence you need to tackle the challenging situations you are confronted with in life.

No competititve@2x

Non-Competitive Environment

We strive to make you feel proud of your personal achievements. You are supported to develop at your own pace without the pressure of exams and competitions.


Unforgettable Experiences

You will participate in at least two performances each year which often involve sets, lights and costumes. Students are often invited to participate in events such as TV work, charity concerts, Fringe events, Christmas pageants and more!


We Understand Families

We know you are busy so we don't expect you to sew costumes. We know you need to budget, so we don’t charge for regular ‘in house’ performances. We know that family is really important so we invite all of family to attend performances.



My daughter loves her Theatre Bugs classes. She is full of energy & this provides a great outlet for her each week, allowing her to perform, use her imagination and have fun all at the same time.


Mother of Ollie and Seb

My son Ollie has low muscle tone and hyper-flexibility. And he is also an active boy with a huge imagination. Theatre Bugs not only helped him with developing his co-ordination and confidence, but in channeling his energy in a more structured and planned way. Sadly we moved to Sydney and we miss Joni and the amazing team at ‘Bugs’. Come to Sydney, we miss you!!

Peter Coombe

Children's Entertainer

A lovely evening last night at the Salisbury Carols. Such a pleasure to perform with my full band, fantastic backing singers, and the kids from Theatre Bugs.


Mother of ‘Swish the Mermaid’

Thanks for coming to Mount Gambier. My daughter thought today was awesome. She’s so excited to be playing Swish The Mermaid in Peter Pan. Thanks to the 2 vibrant young ladies that have come down. You Rock!


Mother of Thomas, Noah and Eloise

Thank you TB for being child focussed and providing outstanding and individual support for each family – impressive!! I appreciate your clear communication and professional approach. So impressive!

What incredible experiences for the children to work with professional stage management teams in such a positive and supportive environment. I love the way that TBs link with other businesses to provide opportunities for our children.

Play and Go


Alice in Wonderland by Theatre Bugs at the Forge Theatre, Marryatville, is a wonderful show of young local talent. Some stand out singing and great dance moves by the cast. And best of all they looked like they were having a great time performing to the audience. There’s a mix of songs – some classics as well as recent pop songs, so they can showcase a variety of different dance moves. There would have been some very proud parents in the audience tonight.


Mother of Miss 7

It sounds like we are old hands at this now, being in our 5th year. Miss 7 loves seeing her friends each week, loves seeing Bernie each week, and TB is the one thing she tries very hard not to miss out on.

I love how she and her fellow combo bugs amaze Bernie (or so she says) with how well they learn their lines.

I love the fact that there is a bunch of us who have been there for quite a few terms, so our children are really good friends, and miss each other when someone can’t make it.

I love how Peta can get the best out of the kids when taking photos, and we have a fabulous record of the performances. Bernie has spoiled them though, as Miss 7 is disappointed that they don’t play as many games at school as she does in TB.



[Theatre Bugs offers] confidence and variety. After attending for a few years now my daughter hasn’t once said anything was boring and looks forward to class each week. (This is a testament as everything we suggest is boring!)



My children have gained so much confidence being at Theatre Bugs. They love how relaxed and fun the classes are, not too much pressure but still have to learn. They love attending classes every Saturday without complaints and Bernie is a wonderful teacher.


Mother of Maya and Sebastian

Thanks to Lucy and Bernie (and all the wonderful teachers and staff at Theatre Bugs). We have watched Maya grow in her skills and confidence each in these end of year performances. It was lovely to see how confident she has become. The caring staff have a big impact on children and how they perform. Thank you.



My daughter was always confident and eager to perform at home to friends and family but would melt down if she had to even stand up in front of others out in public. She is now so confident and always gives her performances her all! So proud to see her grow into a confident young lady.


Mother of Maddy and Sam

Thank you to Fairy Cupcake and Sasha for a wonderful birthday party for our 3 year old daughter yesterday. She had a wonderful time.



My 6 yr old daughter loves Theatre Bugs.  She looks forward to Saturdays all week and loves her teacher Lucy at Golden Grove. She has always been fairly confident but that confidence has increased. She regularly speaks and presents at school assembly. We have been doing Theatre Bugs for 12 months now and it has never been boring. She always comes home raving about what she did in the lesson.


Mother of Drew and Will

The end of year shows are always amazing! Such a thrill for the kids to perform in a real theatre with all the excitement of lights, makeup and a huge audience. And what a joy for parents to see their kids displaying such confidence and talent. Thanks Theatre Bugs.



My daughter Lily started at Theatre Bugs in Fairy Babes with Bernie…. it has been most rewarding to see how she has grown in confidence as she was shy. I remember her first concert and I could hardly get her on the stage…. now a totally different child and is the one leading her dance routines. She is now starting in Combo Bugs next term. She is very excited.

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Mask-Q-Rades Costumes

Mask-Q-Rades Costumes

Mask-Q-Rades has been happily assisting Theatre Bugs productions over the previous years at discounted prices, and are pleased that we can offer these students 10% off normal in store retail and hire rates.

Peta Boumeester-Parks Photography

Peta Boumeester-Parks Photography

Peta Boumeester-Parks takes promotional photographs for theatre Bugs. Parents have been absolutely thrilled with the quality of the photographs and Peta’s amazing ability to be able to capture a stunning of every child every time!