Welcome to Cutting Edge Drama 

We run exciting, professional adult General Acting Skills, Improvisation and Screen Acting classes in Grey Lynn and Takapuna, Auckland.  The courses are excellent for learning acting skills and invaluable for building confidence personally as well as in public speaking. 

At Cutting Edge Drama we are passionate about teaching acting but definitely not ‘Drama Queens’ when it comes to our fees – we keep it affordable!

Not Sure?  Come along and try a General Acting Skills or Improvisation Class for free!


As Artistic Director of Cutting Edge Drama, Sioux Manning, has over 25 years experience in the business and her unique style encourages everyone to reach their full potential.

About Us

Sioux SMith Our vibrant, upbeat Auckland based acting classes teach you techniques for screen and stage acting, public speaking or presentations at work and auditioning.

Cutting Edge Drama runs affordable and professional acting classes.  They are not just for people with a desire to act; they are also an awesome way to build both personal and work confidence. 

What makes an actor interesting to watch and more natural in front of the camera? How do you create tension on screen? These are some of the areas explored in the Screen Classes.  If you want to audition for, or work in film and TV,  these classes will teach you the vital skill base needed.

Courses are also a stress free way  to learn how to take presentation skills to a higher level and gain that necessary edge to stand out from the competition!  Build these skills in a fun and welcoming environment.

Students self esteem flourishes as a result of what they learn in the classes and we believe positive, constructive feedback is a very powerful teaching tool. Even the shyest students gain tremendous confidence through attending the classes. 

Sioux Manning – Artistic Director CED (Actor/Teacher/Director)


What people say about CED...

"If you are unsure about giving drama a go I highly recommend Sioux's classes. I am naturally a shy and quiet person and she gave me the keys to unlock my ability to express myself more confidently in work and social situations. I was not having a lot of luck in job interviews and with Sioux's mentoring, I was able to become more assertive, creative and Yay! I got a job. The classes are exhuberant, astounding and full of humour." - Judy
"I very much enjoyed the classes I did with Sioux Smith. I gained insight into some valuable skills around presentations that I have already greatly benefitted from in business." - Phillip Hart Business Manager - Carat NZ
"Doing Sioux's classes proved to be a major breakthrough for me. Her knowledge and insight enabled me to be a more dynamic presentator at work. The classes were a great boost each week and have been invaluable for my confidence." - Malcolm
"I have to do alot of presentations in my job and Sioux's classes enabled me to become a more confident and dynamic public speaker. An added bonus was that the classes were so much fun and a great way to release stress." - Jonathon
"Cutting Edge Drama was a good move for me. I was able to up my acting skills and as a result I scored a great part in the current 'Spartacus' series." - Barry Duffield