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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

What we have achieved already since we opened in September 2017:
• Performance with G4 at Birmingham Town Hall on Tuesday 13th March 2018
• True Edge Stage Combat Masterclass
• Cheerleading Masterclass
• Flamenco dance Masterclass
• 'Disney on Ice' trip in April 2018
• Musical Theatre performance of 'Madagascar Jr' at The Royal Spa Centre on Sunday 22nd April 2018
• 'Legally Blonde' trip to Milton Keynes in May 2018

What we have to look forward to:
• Poppets performance based on Matilda
• Red group Musical Theatre Showcase
• Summer School 30th July – 3rd August ** Please note this is fully booked**
• 'Lion King' trip in August 2018
• Britain's Got Talent 'Hoop Guy' Masterclass
• Christmas G4 Performance at Coventry Cathedral
• Pantomime theatre trip to The Belgrade, Coventry
• Musical Theatre performance (to be announced) at The Royal Spa Centre on Sunday 5th May 2019


Meet the Team

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 / Comedy & Drama

Katie - Vice Principal / 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.


Musical Theatre

Frankie - 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.


Musical Theatre

Sharni - Musical Theatre

From an early age, Sharni wanted to perform, and so pursued her dream in Acting. She graduated with a First Class degree from The School of the Arts, The University of Northampton, and received The Martin Lawrence Award for Best Actress.

She has also performed a number of Shakespeare and Chaucerian roles, encompassing that of Mistress Page in 'The Merry Wives of Windsor', 'The Canterbury Tales', and toured Pantomime Comedy performances of classic stories.

Alongside this she has performed in Contemporary Naturalistic productions, playing Eurydice in 'Welcome to Thebes' at The Royal and Derngate Theatre. She also has appeared in Futuristic Music videos premiered on 'Kerrang', Feature Films, and has done Voice Over work for ITV's drama, 'The Great Fire'. – to name a few!

With 10 years Dance training, additional Stage Combat experience, and having acquired extra qualifications from numerous workshops- focused on industry professionals, such as Lecoq, Matthew Bourne and Pina Bausch- she is physically and textually influenced to bring out captivating and extravagant performances from her students.

She loves sharing her knowledge and love for Acting and believes it is a positive way of bringing people together in a safe environment.

She hopes to inspire more students to take the marvellous path of The Performing Arts!


Film & Television

Richard - Film & Television

Richard Wood first joined PQA in 2012.

He's a Video Producer and Adobe Certified Editing Tutor at Coventry University as well as running a Wedding Videography business.

Richard has been making and producing moving images from music videos, documentaries to working on feature films since 2001. He enjoys nothing more than inspiring young people to do the same!


Academy Assistant

Mya - Academy Assistant

From a very young age, Mya has always had a strong passion for Performing Arts, especially in Musical Theatre!

Mya has participated in many shows such as High School Musical, Cats, Beauty and The Beast, We Will Rock You and many more. Mya has also had the privilege of performing on a West End stage at Her Majesty's Theatre which was undoubtedly the best experience she's ever had!

Having been a student at PQA for 3 years, Mya was given so many once in a lifetime opportunities. Performing at Disneyland Paris was a magical experience that she got to share with her PQA friends!

PQA allowed Mya to embrace her passion of performing arts and she's beyond excited to pass this on and watch each student find their own passion and grow as individuals!


Academy Assistant

Olivia - Academy Assistant

Olivia has always had a passion for the performing arts since a very young age, displaying a wide range of commitment and love towards the industry. Olivia is currently studying Musical Theatre at BOA with very high dreams and aspirations for the future. She has attended many local theatre groups over the years allowing her to perform in numerous performances, shows, and examinations.

Olivia is very excited about working with the students of PQA, hoping to inspire them and pass on her love for the performing arts. Olivia can't wait to watch each student grow as individuals.


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.


Academy Assistant

Jamie - Academy Assistant

Biography coming soon.


Academy Assistant

Katy - Academy Assistant

Katy is so excited to be working as an assistant for PQA Warwick. She currently trains full time in Musical Theatre and takes lessons in ballet, tap, jazz, acro, modern and performance, as well as additional singing lessons.  She also studied GCSEs in Dance and Drama at school which she passed with high marks.

Katy has lots of experience in performing, having participated in several annual charity fundraising shows as well as local productions of Oliver, Les Mis, Grease and We Will Rock You.  Along side this Katy has also appeared in local pantomimes and acted as dance captain.

Katy loves theatre and has a passion for performing and can't wait to pass this on.


Academy Assistant

Stan - Academy Assistant

Stan previously attended the PQA Warwick for three years and was head boy for one of those years.

Shortly after completing his A-Levels Stan chose to take a gap year and has decided to spend a large part of that working with us.

Stan has a varied background in theatre having taken part in numerous productions with us and other companies over the years. He has also been in a handful of short films helping aid his understanding in being both in front and behind the camera for post-production.

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