Franchise Business helps stop bullying

Drama Kids Launches Its New ACT UP! Anti-Bullying Initiative

Bullying remains the most prevalent form of violence in our society today. According to government statistics [], almost 30 percent of students in grades 6-12 experience bullying in one form or another, including cyberbullying. Equally alarming, about the same number of kids admit to doing the bullying themselves.

Drama Kids, has always felt a responsibility to do our part to help kids build the confidence they need to stand up for themselves and for others. We know that confidence is a skill that kids can develop and strengthen through practice and reinforcement. Through our drama programs, we’ve seen how our students stretch their comfort zones and learn how to step forward, speak up and express their ideas, and respect others. But we believe we can do more.

Drama Kids is proud to roll out our newest initiative – ACT UP! to Stop Bullying. This series of anti-bullying workshops is designed for 3rd through 5th graders and utilizes a variety of student participatory drama activities and group discussions to teach children about the various forms of bullying and the ways in which students can properly respond.

Specifically, the workshops are designed to help students:

  • Understand the many and different forms of bullying, from physical and verbal attacks to more subtle forms like purposefully excluding someone from a group
  • See the different roles they can play when bullying occurs, from silent participant to observer to preventer
  • Reinforce that their negative feelings about bullying are very common and shared with their peers
  • Learn how to model good behavior
  • Role play to learn how to identify bullying and practice safe and effective interventions

According to the Education Development Center, empathy activities like role playing are among some of the most critical social skills we can teach our kids. “Children are less likely to hurt and more likely to help someone if they can imagine themselves in that person’s place and can share that person’s thoughts and feelings.”[i]

Using our developmental drama approach, we are proud to do our part in helping kids gain the confidence and skills they need to not just prevent but stand up to bullying. The workshops are available as a stand-alone program or as an add-on option to our traditional drama programs. We also look forward to introducing the workshops as a week-long camp program next summer.

For more information, contact us at 866-809-1055, or

[i] Preventing Bullying, 2013, Education Development Center,


Become a Drama Kids Franchise Owner!

“What do you want to do when you grow up?”

How many of us still haven’t answered that question. Autumn in particular, as kids head off to a new school year, is a time when many of us reflect on our short- and long-term goals, and yearn for something different, something better.

Whether you’ve held the same job for 20 years, took time off to raise a family, or want to explore other options, now is the ideal time to consider opening a Drama Kids franchise.

Why? Because owning a Drama Kids franchise not only offers ease of entry, flexibility and profitability, you get to feel great about what you do and have fun in the process!

Drama Kids offers a carefully constructed system and professionally developed and nationally recognized curriculum that includes over 450 detailed lesson plans so that a child can enroll in Drama Kids classes beginning in kindergarten and continue through age 17 without ever repeating a lesson. You’ll start with our three-day, webinar based “Quick Start Training” program, followed by a full 40-hour on-site training week that covers everything necessary to allow you to set up your business and enjoy great success.  Drama Kids offers regular and consistent professional support, including an on-site visit shortly after attending initial training.  In addition to regular and ongoing support from the Drama Kids corporate office throughout your Drama Kids career, franchise owners also rely on each other for support and the sharing of best practices and ideas through our private franchise forum and intranet resource center.

Unlike many other franchise opportunities, Drama Kids doesn’t require a significant investment to start. You can manage your business from your home office, and classes are held at local schools or community center locations, which all translate to very low overhead/fixed expenses. Moreover, because our program runs open enrollment throughout the entire school year and Drama Kids enjoys the highest long-term student retention rates, franchise owners see more revenue per child compared with other after-school programs.

Drama Kids franchise owners come from all walks of life, including former stay-at-home moms, IT and healthcare professionals, firefighters, non-profit fundraisers, actors and educators, administrators and marketing executives. The good news is, regardless of prior training and experience, each franchise owner is set up to succeed.

But don’t rely on what is said above – check out the feedback received from Drama Kids owners, old and new alike.  Numerous franchise owner testimonials and much more information can be found on the Drama Kids franchise website (  Below is just one example of what Drama Kids owners have to say:

“I felt that if I was to go back into the workforce, I needed a job that was meaningful to me and a valuable service to others.  I’m now a positive influence to my students and I’m my own boss in my home office.  I receive great support from Drama Kids and have met some great Drama Kids owners who are now my friends.   Drama Kids has been a good investment for me on so many levels.”

– Tricia Foster, Drama Kids of Northeast Dallas, Texas

“I really wanted to do something for myself to grow and develop personally.  Drama Kids offers me a way to contribute as a teacher and recently, as a trainer of teachers, by using a class schedule that I set up and control. I can still be a great mother and wife, but also enjoy teaching fun drama classes as well.”

– Valeria Marto, Drama Kids of Columbus, GA

For more information about Drama Kids franchise opportunities, please call 1-866-809-1055, Ext. 301 or complete the “Contact Us” form on the Drama Kids franchise website: 

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Drama Kids International Announces the Addition of New Franchise Owners

Source: Drama Kids International Dated: May 07, 2015 

Drama provider expands to 54 locations in the U.S. due to popularity of program 

LEESBURG, Va. — Contact: 

Charlie Kerr President

1-866-809-1055 ext. 201


Drama Kids International Announces the Addition of New Franchise Owners 

Drama provider expands to 54 locations in the U.S. due to popularity of program. 

Leesburg, VA , May 7, 2015  — Drama Kids International, the nation’s largest afterschool drama company, recently announced the addition of two new franchise owners in April. After attending the extensive Drama Kids franchise owner training program this summer, both will be providing the Drama Kids’ unique developmental drama classes to children in locations throughout their market areas beginning September 1 st. The new owners are:

Sherry Shannon – Drama Kids of Central DuPage County Illinois; and

Pam Kornfeld – Drama Kids of Birmingham, Bloomfield and Troy Michigan 

“We are excited to have the opportunity to make Drama Kids programs available to children and their parents in these markets” said Drama Kids President, Charlie Kerr.  “We are very selective with regard to the caliber and experience of individuals who are offered the opportunity to become Drama Kids franchise owners.  Sherry and Pam will make a very notable difference in their communities by giving children ages 4-17 the confidence to think big, speak up and play an active role in society.”

Drama Kids uses a very different, developmental curriculum in its program that enables children to learn how to think creatively and confidently express themselves.  These same skills can be the building blocks that help children achieve personally, academically and professionally.  With all the talk today about bullying and low self-esteem, Drama Kids classes meet a great need in our society.

These new franchise owners join a network of more than 50 Drama Kids franchise locations throughout the United States.  Currently Drama Kids has over 10,000 students enrolled in its fun-filled, developmental after-school drama programs.

“We continue to aggressively seek qualified new franchise owners in markets throughout the U.S. and look forward to welcoming many more qualified individuals to the Drama Kids network of franchise owners over the next few months and in the years to come”, said Kerr.


About Drama Kids

Drama Kids International is the largest after-school drama program in the world, with more than 50,000 students currently at its 1,500 plus locations both in the United States and internationally. Its copyrighted curriculum features original, creative lessons with a built-in advancing scale of development that enables students of different ages and abilities to progress at their own rate. Its curriculum differs significantly from traditional drama programs, with an emphasis on fun drama activities that are designed to allow all students to fully participate and develop acting, speaking, and collaboration skills regardless of age or prior experience level.

Drama Kids offers age-appropriate classes for students ages 4 through 18 years old. Classes meet once each week for one hour at locations throughout the country. The program allows new enrollment throughout the year, space permitting. Drama Kids also offers Drama Kids Preschool Workshops, Drama Kids Summer Camps, and Drama Kids At School, an in-school program for elementary and middles schools that brings its innovative curriculum directly into the schools as part of the school’s after-school program. For more information, visit  For franchise information visit

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