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"As Principal of PQA Brentwood, I want every young person who trains with us to leave the academy every weekend with a smile on their face and buzzing with tales from their classes! There is no one 'star' performer at our academy - they're all stars, and will all have an equal opportunity to dazzle you at the end of each term in their showcase."

"We look forward to hearing from you soon - please request a free brochure for further information, or enrol online today!"

Stephen Hawke
Principal
stephen@pqacademy.com

Meet the Team

Stephen Hawke

Principal

Stephen Hawke - Principal

Hi, my name is Stephen Hawke & I am the proud Principal of PQA Brentwood.

I was delighted to be asked to become involved with the Pauline Quirke Academy eight years ago & continue the philosophy of providing a creative & fun learning environment for Drama, Theatre & the Performing Arts for our young people.
As one of life's "creative types" I have been professionally involved in Theatre & Dramatic Arts for around seventeen years, having been first inspired by Willie Russell's West End Production of Blood Brothers back in the late 90's.
I received initial Training as an actor at the Norwich Theatre Royal & "The Garage" in various aspects of Acting, Theatre & Stagecraft, and trained in unarmed stage combat & where aspirations of coaching the Dramatic Arts became a natural progression for me & to which I now dedicate all of my "spare" time.
Attending C.C.A.T.S Drama College & with a passion for Shakespeare, I received professional accreditation as both Actor & Teacher (following The Trinity College London curriculum and now work towards a Licentiate accreditation in Applied Speech & Drama)
Past Stage credits include (among others), "Dr Chapman -marriage guidance councilor" in Michael Cooney's "Cash on Delivery" (Best Supporting Actor award), the U-Boat Commander "Don't Tell him your name Pike" in "Dads Army", "The Hotel Inspector" in "Fawlty Towers", Malcolm Hedley News Anchorman in "Dark Justice" & I also auditioned for West End productions of "Ghost Stories" and "Blackwatch".
TV, movie & ad/commercial appearances range from Government Alcohol awareness campaign "Know your Limits", through to Tetley Tea, BT, Google, BT Sport, Sky Sport, Sony (Playstation), VW & SEAT car companies, Nike, & M&M Sweets (which has an amusing story!).
As frequent "Featured / Supporting Actor" in popular Soaps such as "Eastenders", "Midsomer Murders", "Silent Witness" "Holby" & prior regular in "The Bill", I have also been featured in many episodes of "Law & Order" (with Bradley Walsh), "Hope & Glory" (Lenny Henry), Sherlock, Whitechapel, Spooks, Todd Margaret, Miranda, The Steven K Amos Show, Chucklevision, Victoria Wood's Christmas Special, Silent Witness, & The Real Hustle as well as bigger budget productions such as the recent Sky Atlantic blockbuster series "The Last Panthers" with John Hurt, & movies including "Franklyn", "Reuniting the Rubins" (Timothy Spall) "Maybe Baby" (starring Hugh Laurie/directed by Ben Elton), Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 1, "Sleepy Hollow" (Johnny Depp), X-Men First Class (20th Century Fox, starring James McAvoy), & Sleepy Head etc. (I also appeared as a featured Hospital Visitor in the popular series "Missing" starring our very own Pauline!)

I am a firm believer in the PQA "serious fun" philosophy for our students. Enjoyment whilst learning is fundamental to any child's development & seeing our students having a great time whilst achieving their personal goals & gaining confidence is a hugely rewarding experience.
With a hand-picked team of dedicated, highly professional teachers (all of whom are working actors, actresses, Choreographers, singers & Film Directors/producers), I know that the enthusiasm, ability & creative, fun-approach adopted by all of us at PQA will continue to be a fabulous environment for your children.

See you Saturday! Xx

Stephen Hawke
Principal - The Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts (Essex)

Mob: 07825 086694

Lucy

Comedy & Drama

Lucy - Comedy & Drama

Lucy is an experienced professional Performer and Mentor, trained at the Italia Conti School where she achieved a BA (Hons).

She is skilled in many drama and Musical Theatre Disciplines including Ballet, Modern and Tap, as well as Movement (Impulse and Release techniques), with additional and highly valuable BASSC qualifications in Stage Combat (Armed /Un-Armed).

Working with PQA since we opened in 2009, Lucy has been continuously involved in many facets of mentoring student performers which has spanned several years. She is a Partner in a "Theatre in Education Company, called "Working Space Theatre Ltd" providing educational based plays to schools throughout England, Scotland and Wales and have included amongst many, The Nutcracker, The Great Fire of London, Oliver Twist, Gunpowder Treason & Plot, A Christmas Carol, Cleopatra, Pips War, Henry the V111 and his six Wives, The Snow Queen and Frankenstein). Her responsibilities are not only devising the plays but the daily running of the company, auditioning actors, casting, producing and directing the plays, costume sourcing, script editing, and overseeing tours for the duration of the performance run.

With an interesting and successful career on the Stage (including "Sara" in Three Steps Down, "Mrs Allen" in Dark of The Moon, "Brenda" in Road , she has many other professional credits to her name such as Radios "Rosie" in Smelling the Roses, and appearing in TV's "Some Break", "Attack of the Killer Cockney and "New Town Original"

Additionally, Lucy has also been involved in devising week-long workshops in conjunction with "Theatre Active", for young people across the country, culminating in successful end Productions, and local schools involved in these workshops have included King Edmunds School in Rochford.

Exciting local projects that Lucy has been involved in, include organizing six-week film and video project workshops for disadvantaged teenagers, at the Fryerns School on behalf of Essex County Council. This was highly rewarding work and felt to be of significant advantage to developments in Film and Video production techniques and is felt she will continue to contribute enormously to al our Academies>

I am very pleased to introduce Lucy as one of my teachers and know that she will be loved by you all.

Oli

Film & Television

Oli - Film & Television

"Oli can remember the first film he ever saw at the cinema: it was Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade. Since then he has never looked back.

He made his first short film at the age of 11 with the video camera he bought with the money from his paper round and has continued making short films ever since. Throughout his childhood he would invite his friends, his brothers' friends and anyone else he could grab to help him make these shorts across various genres.

His interest in film has never wavered, leading him to complete a BA Hons degree at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge in Drama and Film making, gaining a 2:1.

Oli s studied various theoretical and practical modules including Film and Genre, Scriptwriting and Short-Film Making, further developing his understanding of the practical aspects of making films as well as a solid understanding of what to think about when writing them. As part of his degree Oli created a short film based around the concept of "departing and arriving", following the point of view of a bullet as it departs the barrel of a gun and arrives at the dark and tragic resting place of its human victim. This short was screened and illustrates Oli's ambitious and innovative approach to film making, where he has never allowed a lack of budget to interfere with his imagination in film making.

Oli has had undertaken various jobs in the film industry, including working as a first Assistant Director for Take One Videos, where he worked on corporate videos for both Essex Fire and Police services, where closing down the Dartford Tunnel to shoot a video involving a mock-up of a multi-car pile up in the tunnel made for an interesting night shoot . He has also worked as a Script Analyst for "The Producers", a BAFTA award winning production company in central London producing such shows as The Politician's Wife, starring Juliet Stevenson, Trevor Eve and Minnie Driver.

Oli successfully completed a Diploma course at The London Academy of Media, Film and TV, further developing his film making skills, as well as gaining valuable Industry experience. Part of this course involved meeting industry insiders and delivering a mock 'pitch' idea for a short film- where Oli's film was picked as a winner from a list of over a dozen high quality entries. Prior work as a secondary school teacher of drama and heading up an A Level Media and Film Studies department, Oli now works in London producing corporate training videos that are being show cased around the country. He continues to write and make his own short films and even continues to rope in his younger brother, now a trained actor, to help him.

Oli is a highly valuable member of the PQA Essex Team (Brentwood and Chelmsford), and is totally committed to providing a solid training experience for our young Film and TV students."

Natalie

Musical Theatre

Natalie - Musical Theatre

Natalie has a love and passion for the theatre which started when she went to her first dance class in her home-town of Portsmouth at the age of 6 - fast forward 46 years and she still has that same love and passion (although maybe not as much flexibility!!) Let me fill in the gaps! Natalie went on to train at the prestigious Laine Theatre Arts college in Epsom where she graduated with distinction in performance and teachers qualifications. It was then that she went on to work as a dancer in an era where variety was at it's height - and so was lucky enough to work with legends such as Les Dawson, Ken Dodd, Leslie Crowther, Russ Abbott, Lenny Henry, Cannon and Ball - the list goes on! Natalie has over 30 pantomimes to her credit - 15 as a dancer and then after understudying Marti Webb at the London Palladium in the role of Robin Hood, playing the part for 12 performances, Natalie was offered her first role - Dandini- and never looked back. Numerous roles
were to follow.... Aladdin, Jack, Tiger Lily, Dick Whittington, Pinnochio, Bad fairy, Queen Rat, Wicked Witch of the West -and this year will have the opportunity to play her all time favourite role- Wicked Queen in Snow White.

Her dancing career took her all over the world including -The Falkland Islands, The Ascension Islands, Belize, Canada, Ireland and Germany- as well as numerous tours in the UK as a cabaret singer in shows such as 'Chartbuster's and ' West End showstoppers'.
Natalie has also toured playing the role of 'Rosalia' in West Side Story as well as both 'Maxine' and Mavis in separate tours of 'stepping out'
Television appearances include 'Annette' in 'Howard's Way (for those of you who can remember that far back!!) Comedy sketches on The Les Dennis and Dustin Gee laughter show. As well as dancing in many TV shows back in the 80's - The Ken Dodd series. New Entertainers with Jim Davidson for LWT as well as numerous commercials for various coffee/supermarket and nation rail companies!

For the past 7 years Natalie has been presenting on various shopping channels - including, Price drop TV, Speed Auction TV, Bid up TTV and more recently as a guest presenter on QVC - where she got to combine x2 of her favourite things - shopping and talking!!
Natalie has also choreographed and directed many shows - pantomimes, summer seasons, variety shows and tours.
Along side all this, Natalie has always found time for teaching -drama, jazz, Ballet, modern, tap, singing etc etc! Her passion lies in Musical Theatre where she gets to combine all her favourite genres!
However - Natalie states that her greatest creation is her daughter Lori - who will be following in her footsteps both as a performer and teacher - and she couldn't be more proud!
A huge welcome to Natalie, who is delighted to be the newest member of our professional teaching team and looking forward to being an integral part of our supportive PQA Brentwood family.

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Brentwood County High School
Shenfield Common
Seven Arches Road
Brentwood
Essex
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