Centre Stage speech and drama classes were set up in 2006 to provide a platform for children who wish to explore drama and express their individuality. Drama unlocks the imagination, improves self-esteem and boosts confidence. Evidence of this can be seen not only in dramatic performance techniques, but also in everyday life. All classes focus on the importance of team work and empathy towards fellow team members in a creative, safe and friendly environment. At Centre Stage, we take pride in developing children of all ages and abilities with the skill set to prepare them for the outside world by nurturing self esteem and confidence, stimulating their creativity and developing innovation. Class sizes are kept to a minimum, in order to give each child the care and attention they deserve. Our aim is to help young people to develop and realise their maximum potential in a fun and friendly environment. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in LAMDA Acting and Communication Examinations and will have the chance to showcase their work and will be awarded with their certificates during an awards ceremony which parents will be invited to attend.
Helena Panayis

Helena Panayis Managing Director More ...

Helena Panayis is a qualified Speech & Drama facilitator since 2006, holding the LLAM Licentiate Teacher’s Qualification awarded from LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art). Helena has always felt a deep appreciation towards the Arts. Performing since her youth, she continues to dedicate herself to her passion and enjoys performing and teaching children of all ages, abilities and cultures. Her overseas teaching experience includes Dubai since 2006. Helena’s aim is to inspire her students so they will achieve their goals and nurture the foundations of their unique creativity. In 2007 Centre Stage Productions was established, and specialises in providing high quality children’s musicals touring from London’s West End theatre district. Since then she has primarily organised events for children in the United Arab Emirates. Helena enjoys observing children experience the magic of live theatrical performances and recognises its value in reinforcing the learning of literature and nurturing the appreciation of the cultural arts among the children.


  • The classes at Centre Stage Speech & Drama are fantastic, my son spends the whole week looking forward to them. He absolutely loves the stage and has become more articulate and expressive since he attends. They are fun and active and the children learn whilst engaged in imaginative and creative play. Highly recommended!

    Noelia Corte
  • My daughter absolutely loves the classes at Centre Stage Speech & Drama. Helena is an amazing teacher and is adored by all the children. Classes are small and everyone there is so friendly. My daughter has blossomed and gained so much confidence since starting with them…

    Caryn Mizar
  • Excellent teaching and training given to students to prepare them for their LAMDA exams. I am very happy with my daughters progress.

    Fazeela Gopalani