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We operate on Sundays from 9.45am–1pm, where we welcome students aged 4 to 18. Each week students have sessions in Comedy & Drama, Musical Theatre and Film & Television, led by our fantastic team of Teachers and Teaching Assistants.

We are always working on exciting projects which feature our students performing in a variety of different roles, in musicals, plays and films.

We are passionate about every student's personal journey with us, and the whole team work hard to ensure every single student is given the opportunity to become the best performer they can be, and reach their potential creatively. Every student has something unique to offer, and it's our job to encourage this and develop it!

We would love to show you what we do here at PQA Banbury. If you're interested in a free taster session, please call us for a chat and we'll arrange for you to visit the Academy, where Principal Debbie will be on hand to assist you. Alternatively, you can request a brochure or enrol online now – we look forward to welcoming you to PQA Banbury!

Debbie Hotten


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Debbie Hotten


Debbie Hotten - Principal

Hello I'm Debbie and I am so excited and proud to say that I am the Principal of PQA Banbury. I am extremely passionate about the performing arts and of course teaching youngsters.

My passion for performing started at a young age, I was a member of a local dance company and performed in many productions at local theatres. My love of theatre enhanced when I started secondary school and my drama teachers encouraged and guided me into musical productions such as: Annie, Dracula Spectacular, Grease and Little Shop of Horrors. They totally inspired me to teach drama. I then moved onto a specialist performing arts college and university studying drama and theatre to degree level, I combined my degree with my passion for media which I believe complement one another (drama and media).

I continued to study locally and completed my post graduate certificate of education in Drama at Warwick university. Throughout my training I have been a member of local theatre groups performing in theatres and site specific venues. I have always enjoyed teaching drama and dance skills to children. I wrote, directed and staged a cross curricular performance including hundreds of children from local schools at the spa centre. A project which I led in Warwick was connected the young with the elderly, encouraging children to visit and then perform in local care and retirement homes.

I have been a qualified secondary school teacher for over 7 years, which includes being head of drama, head of media and head of BTEC performing arts. I have directed lots of musical performances and straight plays, I thoroughly encourage students to showcase their work on a regular basis and receiving feedback and understanding their development is crucial. I have led educational projects with professional businesses focusing on key themes giving learners amazing opportunities and experiences including fantastic educational visits.

The possibilities are endless! Let's reach for the stars!


Vice Principal/ Musical Theatre

Frankie - Vice Principal/ Musical Theatre

Frankie realised her love for performing from a young age when she started attending dance classes, in Kenilworth. She has been professionally trained in Ballet, Tap, Freestyle, Jazz, Commercial and Modern styles over the years, as well as in singing, acting and voice.

She is a Licentiate Member of the IDTA Ballet Faculty and has teaching qualifications in tap, musical theatre, freestyle and gymnastics dance.

Upon leaving school, Frankie embarked on the Musical Theatre diploma at Stratford-upon-Avon College before moving to Guildford to train at the Performance Preparation Academy.

She has performed in a variety of musicals and other productions including Footloose, Chicago, Anything Goes, Singing in the Rain and Legally Blonde.

Frankie is a keen choreographer having worked with local theatres and groups on shows including Beauty and the Beast, Oliver and Gypsy as well as choreographing PQA Warwick's musical productions of course!

When Frankie isn't at PQA, she enjoys her freelance work as a dance teacher working at different schools, leading children's parties and choreographing first wedding dances.


Comedy & Drama

Katie - Comedy & Drama

Katie trained at Coventry University, gaining a BA Honours in Theatre and Professional Practice. Following this Katie undertook a PGCE at Birmingham City University becoming a Performing Arts lecturer.

Katie has been acting for over 15 years in roles such as Sandy in Grease, Lynda in Willy Russell's Blood Brothers and Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical the Musical.

Katie has a passion for directing and has directed many musicals and plays. Her production of Two with South Staffordshire College was awarded five stars by Remote Goat and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest also received five stars.

She trained at Coventry University graduating with BA (Hons) Theatre and Professional Practice, and at Birmingham City University graduating with PGCE in post compulsory Education.

Theatre credits include Sandy in Grease, Linda in Blood Brothers, Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical the Musical, Time in A Winters Tale, Dance captain in 42ND Street, Qudos lead female vocalist (variety shows), Mother & May in the Samuel Beckett Festival.

Directorial and Choreographic credits include The Witches, Grease, Annie, Romeo and Juliet, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (play), A Midsummer Night's Dream, Blood Brothers, Two, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Wedding Singer, All Shook up, See How They Run, Merrily They Roll Along.


Film & Television

Charley - Film & Television

Charley has produced, edited and directed various films and documentaries across the world. With two films nominated for a Royal Television Society Award in 2016 and another showcased on BBC Fresh 2015, Charley is always looking to develop and share her knowledge of filmmaking.

Currently, Charley is working as a freelancer, filming various promotional videos for companies, and weddings. Teaching young people about the creative industry and how exciting a career in film is something Charley really enjoys. Looking to develop her skills as a filmmaker, Charley wants to continue meeting new people and telling their stories through film. Travelling, visiting different cultures, and documenting stories of the people she meets is her life ambition.


Poppets Assistant

Laura - Poppets Assistant

Laura has always enjoyed performing arts and has been a member of local dance groups from an early age, learning tap, modern and street dance. Her passion for dance and performing arts grew which inspired her to take the subject for GCSE at North Leamington School, where she achieved a high grade. Laura gained confidence and was given the opportunity to take part and perform in numerous dance recitals, shows and examinations.

Laura has previous experience of working with children as she was a teaching assistant for the youngest class at the dance academy she attended.

Laura is incredibly proud to be a part of the PQA Warwick team and she hopes she can pass on her love for all things performing arts to the students. She finds working with the students extremely inspiring, as she's not only able to see them grow as talented performers, but also as enthusiastic individuals.

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