Tees Valley

Welcome to PQA TEES Valley

We operate on a Saturday morning 10:00 am – 1pm at Stockton Riverside College.

Our aim is to ensure a high level of performance industry training, while gaining confidence, developing life skills and having lots of fun along the way.

The academy has superb facilities that include a theatre that seats 171 people, where students will learn to develop their comedy and drama skills. It is also perfect to showcase their talent, with the use of their brilliant lighting rig and sound system. The dance studio is air conditioned, with sprung floor and mirrored walls, so you can strut your funky stuff, while in musical theatre. The T.V. room has a removable green screen so you can create any weird and wonderful set your imagination comes up with.

All our excellent practitioners deliver fun filled, creative, high energy, action packed sessions.

Have a look, to see for yourself!

Try your hand at classes in Comedy and Drama, Musical theatre and Film & T.V. We also offer “Poppet” classes for our young pupils, which will be all of the above condensed into a shorter session, 10am – 11:30am. From time to time we will also have master classes in Street dance, theatrical make up, clowning and puppetry.

Other things to look forward to as well as your weekly sessions are; West-end shows, film premier events, which you will be staring in. Plus the opportunity to take part in Trinity exams, with no extra cost to your parents.

If you have a passion for singing, a love of dancing, perhaps you want to be the next big film director or you just want to have fun, while learning new skills, contact us today to book your free taster session. laura.lonsdale@pqacademy.com or call 07936546347

We look forward to meeting you.

Laura Lonsdale – Principal PQA TEES Valley.

Tees Valley News

PQA Tees Valley
Saturday 10.00 - 13.00
Poppets 10.00 - 11.30
Stockton Riverside College
Harvard Avenue
Stockton on Tees
TS17 6FB (See on map)

Our People

Weekend Drama School PrincipalPrincipal – Laura Lonsdale

Hello, my name is Laura and I am honoured to say I am the principal of PQA Tees Valley.

As a proud “Smoggy”, born and bred in Middlesbrough, I have a passion to bring a high standard of performance industry training to the area and most importantly to you, the next generation of performers.

I started my training at Sylvia Young Theatre School, so I understand the importance of developing your skills, from a young age. It was an education for life both on and off the stage. At 18 I attended the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA). My career started as soon as I left drama school, I literally hit the road running, going on a national tour with Hull Truck Theatre and I have never looked back.

Being an actor gives you a chance to be whoever you want to be and I have been lots of different characters, both on and off screen. A chocolate factory worker for the BBC, a blushing bride for ITV and a women scorned in the Westend. It’s been a fantastic 14 years in the industry and long may it continue. I also have my own theatre company, where we write, create and produce our own pieces of theatre.

I became a practitioner as I wanted to pass on the skills I had been taught. You never stop learning and developing your talent. Working with young people reminds me of that on a weekly basis. Not only do you get insider knowledge of what it is like to work within the business, you will get someone who has been training young people for over 6 years. With the correct nurture and guidance, students will develop, grow and discover new possibilities, that where never open to them before.

PQA Tees Valley want you to learn new skills, in safe, fun and creative environment. Become different characters, sing like no one is listening, dance like no one is watching and most importantly be yourself. Gain the confidence, techniques and determination to stand out in a crowd.

So if you just can’t wait to be king, defy gravity or you simply can’t stop the beat!

Come along and meet us.

As William Shakespeare said “All the worlds a stage.”

Weekend Drama School PrincipalPrincipal – Laura Lonsdale

Hello, my name is Laura and I am honoured to say I am the principal of PQA Tees Valley.

As a proud “Smoggy”, born and bred in Middlesbrough, I have a passion to bring a high standard of performance industry training to the area and most importantly to you, the next generation of performers.

I started my training at Sylvia Young Theatre School, so I understand the importance of developing your skills, from a young age. It was an education for life both on and off the stage. At 18 I attended the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA). My career started as soon as I left drama school, I literally hit the road running, going on a national tour with Hull Truck Theatre and I have never looked back.

Being an actor gives you a chance to be whoever you want to be and I have been lots of different characters, both on and off screen. A chocolate factory worker for the BBC, a blushing bride for ITV and a women scorned in the Westend. It’s been a fantastic 14 years in the industry and long may it continue. I also have my own theatre company, where we write, create and produce our own pieces of theatre.

I became a practitioner as I wanted to pass on the skills I had been taught. You never stop learning and developing your talent. Working with young people reminds me of that on a weekly basis. Not only do you get insider knowledge of what it is like to work within the business, you will get someone who has been training young people for over 6 years. With the correct nurture and guidance, students will develop, grow and discover new possibilities, that where never open to them before.

PQA Tees Valley want you to learn new skills, in safe, fun and creative environment. Become different characters, sing like no one is listening, dance like no one is watching and most importantly be yourself. Gain the confidence, techniques and determination to stand out in a crowd.

So if you just can’t wait to be king, defy gravity or you simply can’t stop the beat!

Come along and meet us.

As William Shakespeare said “All the worlds a stage.”

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Weekend Drama School Musical Theatre TeacherMaria – Musical Theatre

Maria is originally from the North East and trained in dance at the Justine Kavanagh Theatre School. At age 18, she received a scholarship at The Mountview Theatre Academy and moved to London to study on the Acting Foundation course. After this, receiving a second scholarship, she went on to train at The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts and received a degree in Acting.

Since graduating, Maria has been very lucky to be involved in work all over the country. Most recently she has been working with Northern Stage in Newcastle as part of their new associate company, ‘NORTH’ touring a show called “The Man Who Thought The Moon Would Fall Out Of The Sky”. Maria has also performed at Shakespeare’s Globe in the ‘Sam Wanamaker Festival’ as well as various theatres around the country.

Maria loves teaching and enjoys passing on everything she has learnt from the industry to her students to help them in their development.

Weekend Drama School Musical Theatre TeacherMaria – Musical Theatre

Maria is originally from the North East and trained in dance at the Justine Kavanagh Theatre School. At age 18, she received a scholarship at The Mountview Theatre Academy and moved to London to study on the Acting Foundation course. After this, receiving a second scholarship, she went on to train at The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts and received a degree in Acting.

Since graduating, Maria has been very lucky to be involved in work all over the country. Most recently she has been working with Northern Stage in Newcastle as part of their new associate company, ‘NORTH’ touring a show called “The Man Who Thought The Moon Would Fall Out Of The Sky”. Maria has also performed at Shakespeare’s Globe in the ‘Sam Wanamaker Festival’ as well as various theatres around the country.

Maria loves teaching and enjoys passing on everything she has learnt from the industry to her students to help them in their development.

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Weekend Drama School Comedy and Drama TeacherLaura – Comedy & Drama

Me again, just a different picture!

Not only am I your principal, I am also you comedy and theatre coach.

As you are aware I love creating, working and guiding young people, helping you to become the best version of yourself. It’s important that I know you and you get to know me, that way we can work better together.

Here is a more detailed version of my career, enjoy.

Theatre credits:
Dora Strang – Equus / Maggie Hobson – Hobson’s choice both at the Lion Eagles theatre.
Mandy Wild – Studs – Hull Truck theatre (national tour) and Arc – Stockton.
Shelia – The Shy gas man – Southwark playhouse.
Maxine – Like a virgin – National tour.
Sandra – Beautiful thing / Reggie Fluety – Laramie project – Hazel Pearson theatre.
Jean – Your home in the west – Middlesbrough theatre.
Denise – Miss Crispy 1988 – National tour.

T.V credits:
Denise – The Royal – ITV.
Nancy – The Eustace brothers – BBC 1.
Tracy – Bodies – BBC 2.
Barbara – Mrs David – BBC 2.
Sara – (Regular) – Rocket Man – BBC 1.
Sandra – Dalziel and Pascoe – BBC 1.

Film credits:
Liz – Awake – Short film.

Teaching credits:
Having worked with many different performing arts schools, I have taught acting, dance and comedy. However I have also taught performing arts at G.C.S.E. and A level at Secondary school level.

I have directed and choreographed for lots of big scale youth theatre productions in the North East.

The Wiz, Alice in wonderland, Grease, Summer Holiday and my favourite High school musical, to name but a few.

For the past year I have been the comedy and theatre coach at PQA Newcastle, which I loved working with both staff and students.

Weekend Drama School Comedy and Drama TeacherLaura – Comedy & Drama

Me again, just a different picture!

Not only am I your principal, I am also you comedy and theatre coach.

As you are aware I love creating, working and guiding young people, helping you to become the best version of yourself. It’s important that I know you and you get to know me, that way we can work better together.

Here is a more detailed version of my career, enjoy.

Theatre credits:
Dora Strang – Equus / Maggie Hobson – Hobson’s choice both at the Lion Eagles theatre.
Mandy Wild – Studs – Hull Truck theatre (national tour) and Arc – Stockton.
Shelia – The Shy gas man – Southwark playhouse.
Maxine – Like a virgin – National tour.
Sandra – Beautiful thing / Reggie Fluety – Laramie project – Hazel Pearson theatre.
Jean – Your home in the west – Middlesbrough theatre.
Denise – Miss Crispy 1988 – National tour.

T.V credits:
Denise – The Royal – ITV.
Nancy – The Eustace brothers – BBC 1.
Tracy – Bodies – BBC 2.
Barbara – Mrs David – BBC 2.
Sara – (Regular) – Rocket Man – BBC 1.
Sandra – Dalziel and Pascoe – BBC 1.

Film credits:
Liz – Awake – Short film.

Teaching credits:
Having worked with many different performing arts schools, I have taught acting, dance and comedy. However I have also taught performing arts at G.C.S.E. and A level at Secondary school level.

I have directed and choreographed for lots of big scale youth theatre productions in the North East.

The Wiz, Alice in wonderland, Grease, Summer Holiday and my favourite High school musical, to name but a few.

For the past year I have been the comedy and theatre coach at PQA Newcastle, which I loved working with both staff and students.

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Weekend Drama School Assistant TeacherBecky – Film & Television

My name is Becky and I am delighted to be your film and television teacher here at PQA.

I realised my passion for the Performing Arts when my parents enrolled me at the Forum Theatre School at the age of 10. The opportunities I have had there include performing in the professional Christmas pantomimes, performing in touring west end shows, and taking on various leading roles inside and outside of the theatre school. From participating in all of this – my passion has simply continued to grow! For the past three years I have been volunteering as an assistant in dance and acting at the same theatre school, it has been since this time that I’ve realised just how much I thrive off teaching children, it is such a rewarding job.

During my time at University I studied Media Production, through this I gained experience at a local Teesside radio station –CVFM, presenting and producing a show called BLT at lunch, we then progressed and moved to Bishop FM after University finished. I also gained two placements at the BBC working on production, and was given the chance to appear as an extra in one of their episodes of the children’s programme ‘Little Howard’s Big Question’.

Due to my newfound filming skills, I took a job I was offered in the USA at a summer camp for children, here I was making memory videos for them as well as living with 12 of them in a cabin under my supervision with lots of games and activities! Whilst there, I was often asked to fill in for activity director due to illness or time off, this meant I would lead a group of upto 90-120 children as well as 32 members of staff in huge games and swimming activities. I also stepped into the role of dance teacher whilst there. From my time at the camp I certainly gained a lot of valuable experience with children.

I have two current jobs outside of PQA, one is with a new company called Skignz (pronounced Sky-n-s), my role there is in Media Production creating ideas, filming and editing them into promotional footage to advertise the new virtual phone app our team is working towards. My second job is with AJ Academy, this company occasionally provides me with various opportunities in working with children, through them I have lead anti-bullying workshops taught through performing arts in primary schools, hosted children’s dance themed parties and lead several drama and dancing classes.

Due to both my Performing Arts experience and my Media experience, I have gained a passion for being both in front of and behind the camera.

I look forward to teaching my skills and techniques to the children at PQA, and seeing them accomplish their goals!

Weekend Drama School Assistant TeacherBecky – Film & Television

My name is Becky and I am delighted to be your film and television teacher here at PQA.

I realised my passion for the Performing Arts when my parents enrolled me at the Forum Theatre School at the age of 10. The opportunities I have had there include performing in the professional Christmas pantomimes, performing in touring west end shows, and taking on various leading roles inside and outside of the theatre school. From participating in all of this – my passion has simply continued to grow! For the past three years I have been volunteering as an assistant in dance and acting at the same theatre school, it has been since this time that I’ve realised just how much I thrive off teaching children, it is such a rewarding job.

During my time at University I studied Media Production, through this I gained experience at a local Teesside radio station –CVFM, presenting and producing a show called BLT at lunch, we then progressed and moved to Bishop FM after University finished. I also gained two placements at the BBC working on production, and was given the chance to appear as an extra in one of their episodes of the children’s programme ‘Little Howard’s Big Question’.

Due to my newfound filming skills, I took a job I was offered in the USA at a summer camp for children, here I was making memory videos for them as well as living with 12 of them in a cabin under my supervision with lots of games and activities! Whilst there, I was often asked to fill in for activity director due to illness or time off, this meant I would lead a group of upto 90-120 children as well as 32 members of staff in huge games and swimming activities. I also stepped into the role of dance teacher whilst there. From my time at the camp I certainly gained a lot of valuable experience with children.

I have two current jobs outside of PQA, one is with a new company called Skignz (pronounced Sky-n-s), my role there is in Media Production creating ideas, filming and editing them into promotional footage to advertise the new virtual phone app our team is working towards. My second job is with AJ Academy, this company occasionally provides me with various opportunities in working with children, through them I have lead anti-bullying workshops taught through performing arts in primary schools, hosted children’s dance themed parties and lead several drama and dancing classes.

Due to both my Performing Arts experience and my Media experience, I have gained a passion for being both in front of and behind the camera.

I look forward to teaching my skills and techniques to the children at PQA, and seeing them accomplish their goals!

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Weekend Drama School Poppets TeacherJessica – Poppets

Jessica is a singer and actor born in Bolton but moved up to the North East (Stockton on Tees) aged six where her passion for performing and the arts really took hold. Jessica has a BA in Performance from Northumbria University. Jess will be making her professional debut with Less Is MORE Productions this year but has a wealth of experience in performing.

Jessica has a number of theatre credits including Spring Awakening (Martha), As You Like It (Duke Senior), West Side Story (Anita), A Streetcar Named Desire (Stella), Macbeth (Lady Macduff) all with Nice Swan Theatre Company based in Newcastle Upon Tyne and Les Miserables (Cosette ) with Middlesbrough Youth Theatre to name a few.

As well as theatre Jessica has also acted in several short films including Dancer and Leaving (Directed by Andy Frith) as part of Northumbria University’s Initiate scheme in association with Tyneside Cinema. Jessica recently made a brief appearance on BBC3’s Shoplife as part of her friend Tom’s musical ASCO: a Tale of Two Supermarkets playing the role of Donna.

Jess took part in ‘The West Side Story Project’ in and around the Newcastle area lead by Professor Graeme Danby. The project was designed for secondary school pupils in years 9,10 and 11 and focused on giving students the opportunity to perform songs from West Side Story in venues such as The Sage in Gateshead and The Newcastle City Hall. As well as the opportunity to perform, the project was committed to highlighting the many important themes in the musical such as gun and knife crime, racism and gang violence. Jess’s role in the project was as vocal coach and student ambassador and found the project exciting and rewarding.

Having played the viola from the age of 9, Jessica has performed in the Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall as part of the Music for Youth Proms as part of the Egglescliffe School Orchestra as well as numerous concerts in the high school years. This year Jess also stepped into the band aspect of musical theatre playing her viola in Northumbria University’s production of Spring Awakening.

Since graduating from university, Jess has been working very hard to make her mark in the performing arts industry by getting involved in as many opportunities as she can to develop herself further as a performer and practitioner. Thankfully the hard work is beginning to pay off as this year she was signed with Byron’s Management Agency London’s Drury Lane.

Jess is delighted to be part of the fantastic team at PQA as she knows that the values it holds and opportunities it will bring to all its students will be given with passion and enthusiasm. Jess is very much looking forward to working with the Poppet’s students and hopes her own love and excitement for performing will inspire the future stars in the industry.

Weekend Drama School Poppets TeacherJessica – Poppets

Jessica is a singer and actor born in Bolton but moved up to the North East (Stockton on Tees) aged six where her passion for performing and the arts really took hold. Jessica has a BA in Performance from Northumbria University. Jess will be making her professional debut with Less Is MORE Productions this year but has a wealth of experience in performing.

Jessica has a number of theatre credits including Spring Awakening (Martha), As You Like It (Duke Senior), West Side Story (Anita), A Streetcar Named Desire (Stella), Macbeth (Lady Macduff) all with Nice Swan Theatre Company based in Newcastle Upon Tyne and Les Miserables (Cosette ) with Middlesbrough Youth Theatre to name a few.

As well as theatre Jessica has also acted in several short films including Dancer and Leaving (Directed by Andy Frith) as part of Northumbria University’s Initiate scheme in association with Tyneside Cinema. Jessica recently made a brief appearance on BBC3’s Shoplife as part of her friend Tom’s musical ASCO: a Tale of Two Supermarkets playing the role of Donna.

Jess took part in ‘The West Side Story Project’ in and around the Newcastle area lead by Professor Graeme Danby. The project was designed for secondary school pupils in years 9,10 and 11 and focused on giving students the opportunity to perform songs from West Side Story in venues such as The Sage in Gateshead and The Newcastle City Hall. As well as the opportunity to perform, the project was committed to highlighting the many important themes in the musical such as gun and knife crime, racism and gang violence. Jess’s role in the project was as vocal coach and student ambassador and found the project exciting and rewarding.

Having played the viola from the age of 9, Jessica has performed in the Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall as part of the Music for Youth Proms as part of the Egglescliffe School Orchestra as well as numerous concerts in the high school years. This year Jess also stepped into the band aspect of musical theatre playing her viola in Northumbria University’s production of Spring Awakening.

Since graduating from university, Jess has been working very hard to make her mark in the performing arts industry by getting involved in as many opportunities as she can to develop herself further as a performer and practitioner. Thankfully the hard work is beginning to pay off as this year she was signed with Byron’s Management Agency London’s Drury Lane.

Jess is delighted to be part of the fantastic team at PQA as she knows that the values it holds and opportunities it will bring to all its students will be given with passion and enthusiasm. Jess is very much looking forward to working with the Poppet’s students and hopes her own love and excitement for performing will inspire the future stars in the industry.

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Weekend Drama School Poppets TeacherOlivia – Poppets Assistant

Olivia is the younger sister of Poppets teacher Jessica. Also a singer and actor born in Bolton, but moved up to the North East (Stockton on Tees) aged five where her passion for performing began. Olivia graduated from Northumbria University in 2012 with a BA in Performance. Olivia has recently written her first play which will soon be premiering as part of the New Writing Festival at Middlesbrough Little Theatre with Less Is More in March this year.

Olivia has a number of theatre credits including Les Miserables (School Edition) as Madame Thenardier with Northern Lights Music – A Newcastle based theatre and music company. As You Like It (Duke Frederick), A Streetcar Named Desire (Eunice), and her upcoming performance in the Northern premiere of The Addams Family Musical (Milkmaid Ancestor) all with Nice Swan Theatre Company based in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

When studying at university Olivia participated in the “Foster a Future” scheme. This was a series of drama workshops invented for anxious and vulnerable children who were in and out of foster care. The experience was very rewarding watching the children’s confidence and abilities develop throughout the course of the workshops. This is where Olivia’s passion for teaching working with children began. Olivia has also experienced working as a teaching assistant in the Drama department at Egglescliffe Comprehensive School.

Olivia has had the amazing experience of working for The Walt Disney World Company in Florida. Working for Disney was a very rewarding experience as she got to work closely with the guests and communicate with the guests of the resorts on a daily basis. Allowing her to enjoy and enhance the guest’s experiences and allow them to have a magical time and put smiles on the children’s faces.

Since graduating Olivia has also taken part in a musical theatre summer school course with Sunderland University. Invented by and working with Professor Graeme Danby alongside a variety of industry professionals such as Valerie Reid, professional ballet dancer Shelby Williams and West end musical director Gregg Arrowsmith. This course showed and developed Olivia’s passion for the arts and performing with the experience of working and also performing a variety concert at The Sunderland Minster with a talented group of students and mentors.

Olivia has been working very hard to try and make her mark and find her niche within the performing arts industry by getting involved in as many opportunities as she can to develop herself further as a performer and practitioner. She hopes to be starting her SCITT course in drama teaching in September this year as she finds teaching a very rewarding experience.

Olivia is very excited to be part of PQA. She is very passionate about the rewarding experience of watching the students grow into confident, more enthusiastic and talented performers and also the opportunities it will bring to all its students. Olivia is very much looking forward to working with the Poppet’s students and also with Jessica and hopes her own love and excitement for performing will inspire the future stars in the industry.

Weekend Drama School Poppets TeacherOlivia – Poppets Assistant

Olivia is the younger sister of Poppets teacher Jessica. Also a singer and actor born in Bolton, but moved up to the North East (Stockton on Tees) aged five where her passion for performing began. Olivia graduated from Northumbria University in 2012 with a BA in Performance. Olivia has recently written her first play which will soon be premiering as part of the New Writing Festival at Middlesbrough Little Theatre with Less Is More in March this year.

Olivia has a number of theatre credits including Les Miserables (School Edition) as Madame Thenardier with Northern Lights Music – A Newcastle based theatre and music company. As You Like It (Duke Frederick), A Streetcar Named Desire (Eunice), and her upcoming performance in the Northern premiere of The Addams Family Musical (Milkmaid Ancestor) all with Nice Swan Theatre Company based in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

When studying at university Olivia participated in the “Foster a Future” scheme. This was a series of drama workshops invented for anxious and vulnerable children who were in and out of foster care. The experience was very rewarding watching the children’s confidence and abilities develop throughout the course of the workshops. This is where Olivia’s passion for teaching working with children began. Olivia has also experienced working as a teaching assistant in the Drama department at Egglescliffe Comprehensive School.

Olivia has had the amazing experience of working for The Walt Disney World Company in Florida. Working for Disney was a very rewarding experience as she got to work closely with the guests and communicate with the guests of the resorts on a daily basis. Allowing her to enjoy and enhance the guest’s experiences and allow them to have a magical time and put smiles on the children’s faces.

Since graduating Olivia has also taken part in a musical theatre summer school course with Sunderland University. Invented by and working with Professor Graeme Danby alongside a variety of industry professionals such as Valerie Reid, professional ballet dancer Shelby Williams and West end musical director Gregg Arrowsmith. This course showed and developed Olivia’s passion for the arts and performing with the experience of working and also performing a variety concert at The Sunderland Minster with a talented group of students and mentors.

Olivia has been working very hard to try and make her mark and find her niche within the performing arts industry by getting involved in as many opportunities as she can to develop herself further as a performer and practitioner. She hopes to be starting her SCITT course in drama teaching in September this year as she finds teaching a very rewarding experience.

Olivia is very excited to be part of PQA. She is very passionate about the rewarding experience of watching the students grow into confident, more enthusiastic and talented performers and also the opportunities it will bring to all its students. Olivia is very much looking forward to working with the Poppet’s students and also with Jessica and hopes her own love and excitement for performing will inspire the future stars in the industry.

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Weekend Drama School Cover TeacherRachael – Cover Teacher

Hi my name is Rachael and I am delighted to be the cover teacher at PQA TEES Valley.

Performing Arts has been a big part of my life, I started dancing at 3 years old and have been hooked ever since. I have trained in Performing Arts and have a HND in Musical theatre, taking part in many productions. Singing and dance are my main passion and can never pass down the opportunity to sing if there is a microphone at hand.

I have been teaching Performing Arts and Musical Theatre for many years now and can honestly say I LOVE My Job. Working with all age ranges of children and young adults, in schools and community projects across the North East. Choreographing, directing and creating pieces of theatre with them.

I believe that Performing Arts is a MUST in schools as it has so many benefits. It allows you to be creative, confident and gives you the stamina to succeed in everyday life, while having great fun and making new friends.

I am very excited to be joining the PQA TEES Valley team, and look forward to working with you and creating new and exciting work, while passing my experience and knowledge on to you all.

Weekend Drama School Cover TeacherRachael – Cover Teacher

Hi my name is Rachael and I am delighted to be the cover teacher at PQA TEES Valley.

Performing Arts has been a big part of my life, I started dancing at 3 years old and have been hooked ever since. I have trained in Performing Arts and have a HND in Musical theatre, taking part in many productions. Singing and dance are my main passion and can never pass down the opportunity to sing if there is a microphone at hand.

I have been teaching Performing Arts and Musical Theatre for many years now and can honestly say I LOVE My Job. Working with all age ranges of children and young adults, in schools and community projects across the North East. Choreographing, directing and creating pieces of theatre with them.

I believe that Performing Arts is a MUST in schools as it has so many benefits. It allows you to be creative, confident and gives you the stamina to succeed in everyday life, while having great fun and making new friends.

I am very excited to be joining the PQA TEES Valley team, and look forward to working with you and creating new and exciting work, while passing my experience and knowledge on to you all.

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Weekend Drama School Assistant TeacherSarah – Cover Teacher/Assistant

Sarah is from the Stockton area, and studied BTEC performing arts in 2008 under the guidance of Laura Lonsdale, where she successfully attainted a distinction.

Dancing from a young age, Sarah has first class experience of what it is like to be a young performer and the journey that your children are about to experience. She has performed in small scale school productions and larger local productions at Middlesbrough theatre.

Since leaving school, Sarah successfully achieved a Certificate of Higher Education in Early childhood studies from Teesside University, learning to work very comfortably with children from all walks of life. She has worked with children in a variety of settings including classroom and more informal relaxed settings. Coming from a big family she is no stranger to a group of small children with big personalities.

More recently, Sarah was able to work with the Young Americans, a non profit organisation from Corona L.A. inspiring children in schools with their wonderful choral music.

Sarah is very excited to be working alongside the rest of the PQA tees valley team, and will be a hands on friendly face to ensure the students feel safe and comfortable! It is her goal to provide this nourishing environment to enable our students’ talents to flourish!

Weekend Drama School Assistant TeacherSarah – Cover Teacher/Assistant

Sarah is from the Stockton area, and studied BTEC performing arts in 2008 under the guidance of Laura Lonsdale, where she successfully attainted a distinction.

Dancing from a young age, Sarah has first class experience of what it is like to be a young performer and the journey that your children are about to experience. She has performed in small scale school productions and larger local productions at Middlesbrough theatre.

Since leaving school, Sarah successfully achieved a Certificate of Higher Education in Early childhood studies from Teesside University, learning to work very comfortably with children from all walks of life. She has worked with children in a variety of settings including classroom and more informal relaxed settings. Coming from a big family she is no stranger to a group of small children with big personalities.

More recently, Sarah was able to work with the Young Americans, a non profit organisation from Corona L.A. inspiring children in schools with their wonderful choral music.

Sarah is very excited to be working alongside the rest of the PQA tees valley team, and will be a hands on friendly face to ensure the students feel safe and comfortable! It is her goal to provide this nourishing environment to enable our students’ talents to flourish!

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Weekend Drama School Teaching AssistantBridget – Cover Teacher/Assistant

Hi my name is Bridget and I’m very excited to be working with PQA Tees Valley.

My obsession for the performing arts started at a young age being involved in many productions at Middlesbrough Little Theatre. Since then I have studied drama and contemporary dance. I have also gained a post graduate certificate in education from The Central School of speech and Drama (London)

As well as teaching drama at secondary schools and colleges, I also work as a freelance drama and dance practitioner working with various theatre companies and organisations such as Theatre Royal, Live Theatre and Darlington Arts Academy.

I have a lot of experience in the acting profession in both theatre and television. Recent credits have included: The Paradise (BBC), Wire in the blood (ITV) and George Gently (BBC)

I have a passion for the performing arts and love working with young people where I can pass on my skills and knowledge.

Working in education I understand the importance of nurturing young people, allowing them to be expressive in a safe and comfortable environment.

Weekend Drama School Teaching AssistantBridget – Cover Teacher/Assistant

Hi my name is Bridget and I’m very excited to be working with PQA Tees Valley.

My obsession for the performing arts started at a young age being involved in many productions at Middlesbrough Little Theatre. Since then I have studied drama and contemporary dance. I have also gained a post graduate certificate in education from The Central School of speech and Drama (London)

As well as teaching drama at secondary schools and colleges, I also work as a freelance drama and dance practitioner working with various theatre companies and organisations such as Theatre Royal, Live Theatre and Darlington Arts Academy.

I have a lot of experience in the acting profession in both theatre and television. Recent credits have included: The Paradise (BBC), Wire in the blood (ITV) and George Gently (BBC)

I have a passion for the performing arts and love working with young people where I can pass on my skills and knowledge.

Working in education I understand the importance of nurturing young people, allowing them to be expressive in a safe and comfortable environment.

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