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PQA Bishop's Stortford operates on Fridays and Saturdays from The Bishop's Stortford High School, London Road, Bishop's Stortford, Herts, CM23 3LU.

Our Academy has excellent facilities.

Our team of first class tutors deliver fun-filled, action packed sessions in Comedy & Drama, Musical Theatre and TV & Film.

We would love to show you what we do so please call Lee on 07540 994957 to arrange a free taster session, request a brochure or go ahead and enrol online now!

Lee Ellaway
[email protected]
07540 994957

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Meet the Team


Lee Ellaway

Principal - Lee Ellaway

Hello, my name is Lee and I am thrilled to be the Principal of PQA Bishop's Stortford.

I have lived in Bishop's Stortford for over 25 years.

My passion for the performing arts, my connection with children and young people and my determination to deliver the best quality teaching whilst ensuring my students have as much fun as possible, will guarantee that Saturdays are the best day of the week!

I have been involved in theatre, entertainment and music for many years as a performer and as an event manager/producer.

In the past, I have appeared in numerous theatre productions including 'The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 ¾', 'Outside Edge', 'Grease', 'The Recruiting Officer', 'Can You Hear Me At The Back' and 'Mr Macaroni and the Exploding Pizza Pie'. I have also starred in a lot of pantomimes over the years, usually playing the Dame.

I have also done a lot of work as a presenter/host/compere for various projects from corporate events and private functions to large outdoor live shows.

Previously, I have taught drama and musical theatre to children of all ages elsewhere but the PQA modules, lesson plans and teaching resources are by far the best I have ever worked with. Our methods are engaging, entertaining and educational in exactly the right measures.

I have a teenage daughter who has been a performer from a very young age so I am an experienced 'theatre parent' too.

So, if you are looking for something amazing to do at the weekends, come and see me at PQA Bishop's Stortford!


Vice Principal / Lead Chaperone

Sharon - Vice Principal / Lead Chaperone

Sharon is a licensed chaperone and has worked with children in the performing arts for over 10 years.

She has worked on professional theatre shows and on film sets with children of all ages.

Sharon has chaperoned extensively in the UK and abroad for companies including Disney, Warner Bros and Sylvia Young Theatre School.


Comedy & Drama

Nathan - Comedy & Drama

Nathan Stickley is our 'Comedy & Drama' tutor.

He is an experienced actor, director and acting tutor. Nathan brings lots of special skills to our Academy as he is highly trained in voice, audition skills and stage combat. His extensive performance experience includes theatre, film, TV and voice-over work. Nathan also regularly works as a director.


Film & Television

Harry - Film & Television

Harry is a successful freelance film-maker, producer and director. Harry is experienced in producing viral/online and offline films and television. His work has had over 34 million views online as his creative film-making captures the imagination of audiences around the world. Harry intends to bring the 'wow' factor to our film work at PQA.


Musical Theatre

Amanda - Musical Theatre

Amanda Black is our fabulous Musical Theatre tutor.

She trained at Italia Conti and is an experienced performer and teacher.

Amanda loves teaching and passing her skills on to others. Her passion for the performing arts shows in her enthusiasm which she hopes will make a lasting impression on every child she teaches.



Billie - Poppets

Billie Favell is our wonderful 'Poppets' teacher for students aged 4 to 6.  She is a trained performer who now specialises in working with Pre-School age children. Billie's performance credits include 'Cinderella' (Harlow Playhouse) and 'The Lazy Ace' (Her Majesty's Theatre, West End).


Academy Assistant

Isaac - Academy Assistant

Isaac Verrall is one of our teaching assistants at PQA Bishop's Stortford. Isaac is a graduate of PQA Harlow. During his time with us he appeared in numerous shows, professional film projects, commercials and some live TV through our agency Quirky Kidz. Isaac is pursuing a career in film as an actor, director and screenwriter.


Academy Assistant

Darcey - Academy Assistant

Darcey Urwin is one of our teaching assistants at PQA Bishop's Stortford. She works in the PM Academy and attends the AM Academy as a member of Red group. Her performance credits include the premiere performance of 'Old Wise Tales' at London's Kings Place Theatre and taking part as a soloist in PQA's 'Fright Night' (West End). Darcey performs regularly as a solo singer, dancer and actress. She is an A* student in dance, drama and music.


Academy Assistant

Meghann - Academy Assistant

Meghann Cooke is one of our teaching assistants at PQA Bishop's Stortford. She has appeared in numerous shows and pantomimes including 'The Wiz' (Dorothy), 'Grease' (Frenchy) and 'The Sound Of Music' (The Baroness). Meghann is also an accomplished Irish Dancer. She performs regularly as a solo and Ceili Irish dancer having competed at both regional and national level as well as attending the 2014 World Championships in London with her Ceili team.


Academy Assistant

Millie - Academy Assistant

Millie Glendenning is one of our teaching assistants at PQA Bishop's Stortford. She studies at PQA Bishop's Stortford and is also studying Music and Drama at school. She has performed in numerous school shows including two pantomimes here at the Playhouse. Millie has performed in the West End in PQA's 'Fright Night'.


Academy Secretary

Emily - Academy Secretary

Emily is our Academy Secretary and Production Assistant at PQA Bishop's Stortford.

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Friday: 16:45 - 20:00
Saturday: 09:45 - 13:00 & 13:45 - 17:00
Poppets: 10:00 - 11:30 & 11:30 - 13:00

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London Road
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CM23 3LU

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