Drama Kids protege Caden

Drama Kids protege Caden is on the road to stardom

Like a lot of children his age, 11-year-old Caden Denslow has big dreams of becoming a famous actor. But unlike those other kids, his aspirations of appearing on the big screen are already
taking shape thanks in part to his experience as a Drama Kids student. [Read the rest of the article in PDF format by clicking here]

Low Supply and HIGH DEMAND For Drama Related Activities in Schools = A Great Opportunity!

According to the US Department of Education’s 2012 study on the status of arts education, only 4% of elementary schools offer drama/theater programs. This is in sharp contrast to 83% of schools offering visual arts programs and 94% of schools offering music programs. Couple this with the fact that, according to The After School Alliance, the number of children participating in afterschool programs has increased 57% in the last 10 years, and there are currently 20 million students in the U.S. whose parents would enroll them in in an afterschool program if a suitable one were available, and you can clearly see the incredible demand for, and low supply of drama curriculum in the schools. Great demand translates to a terrific business opportunity!

Read the rest of the story in PDF format.

Drama Kids International Announces Recognition As Top Franchise Opportunity

Drama Kids International Announces Recognition As Top Franchise Opportunity

Drama provider ranks among the best with Entrepreneur Magazine, America’s Best Franchises and Franchise Gator

 Leesburg, VA , February 5, 2015  — Drama Kids International, the nation’s largest afterschool drama company announced today that, in addition to numerous other recent honors, it has just been named as the 36th best franchise opportunity in the 2015 Franchise Gator Top 100 rankings.

“We studied hundreds of FDD’s in an effort to put this list together, focusing on such aspects as financial stability and franchisee retention. Additional information outside the franchise disclosure document was also gathered, and we spoke with several industry professionals in the process,” said Eric Bell, Franchise Gator General Manager.

This ranking is the latest in a number of top honors that the Drama Kids organization has received recently. Others include:

  • Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 50 Low Investment Franchise Concepts
  • Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500
  • America’s Best Franchises Top 50 Best Franchises

“We are excited that these highly respected organizations have recognized and appreciate the significant opportunities that Drama Kids offers to our franchise owners” said Drama Kids President, Charlie Kerr.  “We take great pride in the fact that we provide franchise owners with the opportunity to love what they do, enjoy a flexible lifestyle, make a powerful and significant  impact on  the lives of children, and build a successful business for themselves that they can take pride in.”

In addition to the fun, fast paced, and developmental curriculum consisting of over 450 unique and detailed lessons, and the low overhead and high revenue business model that the Drama Kids franchise opportunity provides its owners, Drama Kids International is noted for the superior training and support that it provides to all franchise owners.  These were major considerations that allowed the company to receive these honors.

Drama Kids is recognized as a leader in the children’s educational and enrichment arena with a proven business model and over 35 years of success.  The company 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.

“We continue to aggressively seek qualified new franchise owners in markets throughout the U.S. and plan on adding many more qualified individuals to the Drama Kids network of franchise owners in the months and years to come,” said Kerr.

Creative drama program builds kids’ confidence

There’s nothing wrong with being a little dramatic. At least not for the participants of Drama Kids of Kitsap, Edmonds and Shoreline, a new creative drama program for children that started this fall.

Read the full story in PDF format by clicking here.

Drama Kids International Announces the Addition of Six New Franchise Owners

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

Leesburg, VA , August 1, 2014  — Drama Kids International, the nation’s largest afterschool drama company today announced the addition of six new franchise owners, all of whom will be providing its unique developmental drama classes to children in locations throughout the U.S. beginning September 1st.  The new owners are:

  • Courtney Clarke – Drama Kids of Wilmington, Delaware
  • Chris Densmore – Drama Kids of Northwest Indiana
  • Kimberly Harbert – Drama Kids of Central San Diego, California
  • Sue and Steve Pargman – Drama Kids of Kitsap County, Edmonds and Shoreline (West Seattle, Washington area)
  • Ali Shoemaker – Drama Kids of Shelby County, Tennessee
  • Norma Thomas – Drama Kids of Denton County (Dallas, TX area)

“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.  These individuals will make a very notable difference in their communities by giving children ages 3-17 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 in the months and 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 3 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 dramakids.com.  For franchise information visit www.dramakidsfranchises.com.

Drama Kids in Seattle, WA

New Dramakids in Seattle

Drama Kids International Opens New Franchise in Seattle Area

Drama provider opens its 2nd franchise in Seattle due to popularity of program.

Leesburg, VA , April 16, 2014 — Drama Kids International, the nation’s largest
afterschool drama company today announced the opening of a new franchise to provide
its unique developmental drama classes in Kitsap County, Washington as well as in
Edmonds, and Shoreline in the Seattle, Washington market. This is the second Drama
Kids franchise in the Seattle market for Drama Kids. A franchise for the eastern King
County area was opened in 2009 and has been very popular and widely accepted by that
community.

The new franchise owners, Steven and Susan Pargman have been long time teachers and
children activity providers for over 20 years and are looking forward to making
developmental drama classes available to children in Kitsap County and surrounding
areas. Susan commented, “We are excited to open Drama Kids in this area. Drama Kids
uses a very different, developmental curriculum in its program that enables children to
learn how to think creatively, speak up, and confidently express themselves. With all the
talk today about bullying and low self-esteem, we feel that Drama Kids classes meet a
great need in our society.” Classes will begin in September, 2014 with registration
opening in July.

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 3 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 dramakids.com. For
franchise information visit www.dramakidsfranchises.com.

Drama Kids launched by former teacher

Nowadays people say they don’t like drama and want their kids to stay as far away from it as possible. But there is such a thing as good drama – for instance there is now a new program in
Cabarrus County for children: Drama Kids.

Click here to read the rest of the story in PDF format.

Theater for Kids, Business for Adults: Interview with Drama Kids CEO Doug Howard

Doug Howard, President and CEO of Drama Kids International, interviewed with FranchiseHelp and discussed the children’s franchise.

Click here for full article

Drama Kids International Owners in Pittsburgh, Las Vegas, and San Antonio win 2010 Nickelodeon's Parents' Picks Award for Best Theatre Group for Kids!

Leesburg, Virginia –   Drama Kids International won the 2010 Nickelodeon’s Parents Pick Award for Best Theatre Group for Kids in three major US cities as announced by Nickelodeon’s Parents Connect on September 15, 2010.  The local Drama Kids offices are in Las Vegas,  San Antonio, and Pittsburgh.

The Parents’ Picks Awards is an annual nationwide online poll that allows parents to vote for their favorite family places, products and parenting tips.  Parent polling took place from July 7, 2010 through August 31. 2010,   ParentsConnect invited parents to pick the best parenting products, parenting tips and local family places. Drama Kids International won for Best Theatre Group for Kids. To announce the win, Drama Kids received a “Parents’ Picks 2010 Winner” seal to display and will be featured as the winning product on Nickelodeon’s ParentsConnect site until the 2011 awards, so parents everywhere will know that they are the best of the best.

Drama Kids International President and CEO, Doug Howard commented, “We are very excited to announce these awards which were given to Anthe Morris, DKI Director in West Pittsburgh, Tina Nowak, DKI Director in Las Vegas, and Sandy Detamore, DKI Director in San Antonio.   The Parents Choice award is highly valued by us because it is awarded by local parents who have seen first hand how Drama Kids classes develop children and teenagers through our unique developmental drama program.   These three Directors have worked very hard to build their Drama Kids businesses, and they well represent all of our franchise owners across the USA who are committed to the Drama Kids mission of building speaking and acting skills, as well as confidence and self esteem in children through dramatic arts participation.”

PARENTSCONNECT BACKGROUND: Featuring the tagline “We’re not perfect, we’re parents,” Nickelodeon’s ParentsConnect is the online resource providing parenting advice and community, celebrating the reality of parenthood and making parents’ lives easier. Geared towards parents with kids of all ages, from pregnancy to teens, the site offers unique features like personalized profiles that help parents connect with each other; advice from top-tier parenting experts; weekly online parties; hot topic boot camps on burning parenting topics; sweepstakes and giveaways; customizable baby names lists; comprehensive baby name lists; seasonal crafts, recipes and activities; a weekly meal-planner; a weekly newsletter focusing on pregnancy and early childhood milestones; and guest celebrity editorials. Each age-related section on the site provides users with content to help them through both large and small parenting challenges.

DRAMA KIDS INTERNATIONAL BACKGROUND Drama Kids International, Inc. is part of 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 language development that enables students of different ages and abilities to relate to the program and progress at a their own rate.  Its curriculum differs significantly from traditional drama programs, with an emphasis on activities that focus on verbal dynamics, creative movement and dialogue development.

Drama Kids offers age-appropriate classes for students ages 3 through 17 years old. The program is designed to allow new enrollment throughout the year, space permitting. Drama Kids also offers Summer Camp and In-School programs that brings its innovative curriculum directly into the classroom. For more information, contact Doug Howard 1-866-809-1055 ext. 101 and/or visit dramakids.com.

Kids can gain life skills through drama

FLORESVILLE — It’s not ghosts or goblins that children fear the most. Studies have shown that one of the biggest fears children — and most adults — have is the fear of public speaking.

Click here to read the rest of the story in PDF format.