Why Adelaide Theatre Academy?

Why choose Adelaide Theatre Academy?

Here are 5 reasons….

Peace of Mind

Your safety and well being is important to us. Therefore, all our teachers genuinely CARE and teach in a nurturing and supportive environment.  All teachers hold First Aid certificates, Police Clearances and receive ongoing training, mentoring and support from our management team.

“I wish to congratulate your staff on the performance in the Fringe Parade. I value Theatre Bugs professionalism, care of the students and dedication to ensuring they have fun while being safe and feeling confident. I am thrilled that my children are involved.”

Sylvia (parent of Mia and Jonah)


Skills for Life

At Adelaide Theatre Academy, you will not only learn skills in dance, singing and drama. You will also learn to trust your own ideas, develop perseverance, empathise with others, work with peers to achieve a common goal and feel confident in your own ability. Most of all, you will develop the confidence you need to be able to tackle the unexpected, challenging and exciting situations that you are confronted with in life.

“I would just like to say a massive thank you. Over the years I have attended Theatre Bugs I have developed so many new skills, friendships and discovered my passion. I will always look back and know that Theatre Bugs helped shape and educate me. You are to be congratulated on creating an environment where kids feel comfortable, learn skills, friendships and are encouraged to live their dreams.”

Erin (former student, 16 yrs)


Non-Competitive Environment

At Adelaide Theatre Academy, we strive to make you feel proud of your own personal achievements. We do not offer exams or competitions – instead you are involved in regular exciting performances where each individual can shine and develop skills at their own pace.

“It’s great to see the kids really involved in something where they
 don’t have to win or be the best. Instead the kids just have fun and
enjoy the moment while learning and developing skills, confidence
and self-esteem.”


Unforgettable experiences

Our students are involved in at least three performances each year, which often involve special costumes, lights, sets, programmes etc to give the shows a really exciting feel. In addition to this, students are also often invited to participate in additional optional events such as TV work, charity concerts, Adelaide Fringe events, Christmas pageants, modelling and more!

“I was so impressed with the end of year show.  Amy has only been attending this term and she was worried she wouldn’t remember her lines.  We were thrilled with the quality and how it all came together and are looking forward to Amy returning next year!”

Kerry (mother of Amy)


We understand families

At Adelaide Theatre Academy, we understand the needs of families. We know families are busy so we do not expect you to sew costumes. We know that you need to budget carefully, so we don’t charge for any of our ‘in house’ class performances. We also understand that family time is really important so we encourage the whole family to attend our performances – from baby brothers to great grandmas – everyone is welcome!

“Thanks so very much for bringing such enjoyable experiences to our daughter over such a long period of time, and enjoyable experiences to us, the parents, who get to enjoy quality productions with our kids in it!”

Rachael (mother of Isabella)

11 years or younger?

Every child is a star at Theatre Bugs

At Adelaide Theatre Academy, you'll shine!

Our History


Joni launched her new performing arts school ‘Joni’s Theatre Bugs’ and conducted acting classes at St Ignatius School Hall, Norwood on Tuesday evenings. Several students were cast in a new DVD series called, ‘The Fairies’.

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Classes moved to the Odeon Theatre Rehearsal Room. Holiday programs commenced.


Theatre Bugs website was born! Joni moved to Sydney for 12 months – classes in Adelaide were taught by other teachers and a part-time administrator came on board. Joni also ran classes in Sydney. ‘Combo’ classes were introduced. First public performances of ‘Alice In Wonderland’ and ‘Aladdin’.


Moved into our own premises in Church Ave, Norwood. Joni moved back from Sydney.



Opened classes in the hills at Stirling East Primary School, these classes were later moved to the Aldgate Memorial Hall where we still run classes every Wednesday evening. Launch of ‘Bugs Management’, a casting agency for students at Joni’s Theatre Bugs.


Expanded premises at Norwood to include a bigger waiting area, kitchen and offices. Opened classes at Unley.


Terese (Office Manager) started working for Theatre Bugs! 

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Joni had her first baby, Amelie!


Performed with Peter Combe at the Elder Park Carols by Candlelight. Opened classes at Glenelg and Golden Grove.


Expanded premises in Norwood to include a second teaching space (the ‘Rainbow Room’). Introduced ‘Busy Bees’ classes. Branding change and name change to simply ‘Theatre Bugs’.


10 year celebrations. Introduced Theatre Bugs parties.

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Opened ‘Bugs Café’ at Norwood premises.


Opened classes at Aberfoyle Park.


Messenger Business Award Finalist - ‘Recreation and Leisure’ category.


Messenger Business Award Winner – ‘Recreation and Leisure’ category. Classes commenced at Port Adelaide. Production of ‘Bugs TV’ video clips.


Production of ‘Bugs TV’ video clips and concert video with Peter Combe.

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Performed with Peter Combe at the Elder Park Carols by Candlelight.


Moved Norwood premises to 79 Beulah Rd. Branding change.


Joni employs Michael Eustice as the new General Manager.


After 20 years, Joni sells Theatre Bugs and Adelaide Theatre Academy to Michael Eustice and Libby Drake. Michael takes on his new role as Managing Director and Joni agrees to continue as our first Patron. 

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.



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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