What is Activate?

Activate is run by Kyla Cromey-Hawke in collaboration with Music Monkeys.

It offers after school drama classes for children which develops their imagination and creativity through story telling and active participation.

Who is Activate for?

Currently Activate classes are designed for children between the ages of 4-12 years.


Each class group is separated into age differences of between 1-3 years depending on sign up and/or venue.


Classes for older children will be added at a later date.

What do Activate classes aim to achieve?

Release the imagination of children through the art of storytelling, allowing children to explore and create their own interpretation of characters and scenarios without the limitation of inhibitions.

Encourage children to listen to others and share ideas, to respect different perspectives and be free to follow and develop their imagination.

Develop children’s overall comprehension of situations and increase their ability to develop their knowledge, understanding and communication of feelings such as empathy, sympathy and compassion.

What skillsets will children develop and what will they learn?

Students at activate will learn to:

  • Bond as a group
  • Develop focusing and listening skills
  • Begin to communicate information to peers via dramatization
  • Learn basic acting skills such as sensory awareness, stage movement, and vocalization
  • Relate movement to music and stories
  • Imagine characters and develop movement to create characters
  • Work together to create tableaus, pantomime plays, and scripted work
  • Learn the basics of storytelling by writing their own short plays
  • Relate the meaning of fairy tales and stories to their own lives
  • Celebrate the term by performing a variety of performance pieces for parents and friends

How long is an ACTIVATE term / class?

An Activate Term is typically 10 weeks with each class (referred to as scenes) running for a total of 45 minutes.

Classes will be starting in locations around Abu Dhabi this September. For specific class locations, times and dates, please email Kyla at activateuae@outlook.com or follow the Activate Facebook page for updates.


At the end of each class, an email will be sent to parents with an update on what students have been doing in class along with suggestions of activities to be done at home. The activities are not required but can further develop skills learned in class and potentially bring the entire family together to engage in fun activities.

Will there be a performance or showcase at the end of the term?

Rather than a traditional ‘Final Performance’ to celebrate the end of term, Activate students will instead showcase a variety of very short scripts, improvisation games and other performance pieces they have been working on throughout the term. This enables students to demonstrate to family and friends the valuable life skills they have been developing throughout the term such as: collaboration, critical thinking, innovation, communication, body/spatial awareness, creativity, and more.

Will there be a trial class?

New Students are invited to join our taster class to see what Activate is all about.
If you would like to be on the mailing list for the taster class, please follow the link below and fill out the form.


Who is Kyla Cromey-Hawke?

Kyla is the director and instructor at Activate.

Born and raised in the UAE, Kyla graduated from the University of Reading, England, in 2011 with a BA in Theatre arts, Education and Deaf studies.

Her educational involvement with children spans a variety of ages, learning abilities and physical capabilities in a diverse range of settings from primary schools to hospitals. Her experiences include volunteering at pre-schools and special needs centers, and running educational Drama and Theatre workshops.

After graduating, Kyla taught drama in Dubai and worked as the Volunteer and events coordinator for Operation Smile UAE, a charity in Abu Dhabi.

She returned to the UK to complete a post graduate course in technical theatre and stage management and used her new learned skills stage managing four productions simultaneously in the world renowned Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2015. Less than 6 months later she was recruited as an assistant manager in Ferrari World’s entertainment department.

Kyla has now decided to open Activate, in collaboration with Music Monkeys, encouraging children in the UAE to experience the many benefits of Drama, Theatre and Story Telling which has had such an impact on her own life.