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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 to look forward to:

• Performing with G4 at Birmingham Town Hall on Tuesday 13th March 2018
• 'Disney on Ice' in April 2018
• Musical Theatre performance of 'Madagascar Jr' at The Royal Spa Centre on Sunday 22nd April 2018
• Optional Theatre visit to see 'Legally Blonde' in Milton Keynes
• Parents' Jersey Boys Dinner Dance


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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/ 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

Claire - Film & Television

Claire has a BTEC National Diploma in Drama and BA (HONS) from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (R.A.D.A). She has also achieved Gold in her LAMDA exams.
Claire has fifteen years teaching experience and is now the Artistic Director of the Alice Acting company.

Claire has worked for the following companies, The Next Big Thing Workshop Leader in association with RADA, RADA Workshop Facilitator, John Clares Music School, All Sorts Drama, ASA Drama School, Kingdom School of Arts, City Acting, Invicta Primary School Drama teacher and other performing arts schools.

Claire's private acting students have been accepted into the following drama schools; RADA, LAMDA, The Royal Welsh of Music and Drama, Drama centre, Guilford, Guildhall, Central School of Speech and Drama, Performance Preparation Academy, Oxford School of Drama and National Youth Theatre.

Acting credits include: Theatre- A Streetcar Named Desire (Young Vic Theatre), Decade (Headlong Theatre Company), As You Like It (Rose Theatre), England people Very Nice (National Theatre), Ocean of Rain (Almeida Theatre), As You Like It (Watford Palace), The Arsonists, Rhinoceros, Drooping Palms (Royal Court), Generations (Young Vic), Orestes (Shared Experience), Hotel Cerise (Theatre Royal Stratford East) TV- Dead Boss (BBC3), Misfits (E4), Identity (ITV1), Holby City(BBC1), The Bill (ITV1), Father Brown (BBC), Hollyoaks (Channel 4).

Writing credits include: Theatre- August Town (August Town was selected for the RADA festival), The Living Room, Going Down The Rabbit Hole, FEED, Bumper (Soho Theatre in association with Alice Acting company), Blood, City, Nuns in Pink Stilettos, Neema and Hench. TV- The Aristocrat's Maid, Gabriella, Meridian Moonlight, Real Estate and Brag Film- Brunch, The Velvet Jacket, Short films include- My green watering can and Neema.




Kelly - Poppets

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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.

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