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We operate on Saturdays 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 Bury. 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 Andrea 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 Bury!

Principal Andrea Lynette-Young

Meet the Team



Andrea - Principal

Hi, I'm Andrea Lynette-Young, and I am thrilled to be the Principal of PQA Bury.

I am so excited to open PQA Bury as I have been the Principal of PQA Eastleigh, down in Southampton, since 2015. Recently I decided it was time to return to my roots in North West and bring the fantastic Pauline Quirke Academy to the young people of Bury!

My career began in Coronation Street, in 1995 playing the part of Melanie Hesketh; I then in 1996 played Trish in The Ward, both for Granada Television. I went on to train at The Dance Centre, Preston, where I won the Performer 2000 award, as well as achieving I.S.T.D Tap & Modern Associates Teaching Qualification.

My theatre credits include; Margaret in Last Tango in Little Grimley, directed by Sam Kane; BJ & Various Roles - Smokey Joes Cafe (P&O Cruises); Featured Ensemble in the Premiere Production of Old Blue Eyes & Friends, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK tour) where I understudied and played The Baroness; Ensemble and understudy Ernestina & Mrs Rose Hello, Dolly! (UK Tour & Lincoln Theatre Royal); Connie Boylan and understudy Lilly in Annie (UK tour); Gabriella and understudy in West Side Story; Ensemble in The Wizard Of Oz (both at The Leicester Haymarket). In Pantomime, I have played parts such as Jack, Aladdin, Dandini, Jasmine & Fairy Godmother.

I work as a Cabaret Performer and perform my various shows all around the UK, in the Holiday & Leisure, Corporate, Wedding and Private Function Markets. I have also been Guest Entertainer and Production Vocalist on board P&O's Ventura, Azura, & Oriana and Production Vocalist on the Costa Tropicale.

My television and film credits include; Florence Burgess in Wait for Me; Take A Break Commercial; Trafford Centre Commercial; The Wife in Anatheum; Crimewatch, BBC; Gaynor in Is Harry on the Boat?, Sky One; Yvonne in Heartbeat, Yorkshire Television.

I have taught alongside my performing career since 2000, I have been a teacher and workshop facilitator for numerous companies including Leading 'War Horse' workshops for the National Theatre; The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton where I have led various workshops for visiting shows including; 'Shrek' 'Top Hat' 'Oklahoma' 'West Side Story' and 'The Bodyguard'. The Mayflower Musical Youth Theatre, where I was assistant Director and Choreographer of 'Honk! Jnr'. Young Winchester Theatre Royal, where I recently wrote and Directed 'Grimms Fairytale School'. Preston College Dance Centre, Perform, Gymboree & Rascals, along with various independent schools all over the UK.


Vice Principal & Poppets Assistant

Claire - Vice Principal & Poppets Assistant

From the age of three, I was a dancer and took part in dance festivals and championships all over the North West. From the age of eleven, I joined amateur dramatic societies and performed in shows ranging from musicals to Operas, compilation and revue shows.

I also performed in professional pantomimes at the Albert Halls in Bolton securing the role of Dance Captain on several occasions. These experiences developed my confidence and personality as well as my stage presence.

On leaving high school I have worked at several companies, working very hard to climb the corporate ladder gaining experience and promotions along the way.

Three years ago, I became a Mum and have enjoyed my time at home with my little girl.

I am now a qualified Teaching Assistant and am continuing my studies at Bury College whilst also working at Greenhill Primary School.

I am absolutely thrilled to join the PQA Bury team as Poppets Assistant and Vice Principal and I am so looking forward to moulding our stars of the future through PQA Bury!


Musical Theatre

Harriet - Musical Theatre

Hi I'm Harriet, and I am thrilled to be the Musical Theatre teacher at the brand new PQA Bury!

I have recently graduated from The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (North), where I studied acting for three years. I was born in Bury and grew up in York.

Before going to drama school, I was always rehearsing and performing in musicals with York College, and at The Grand Opera House, with York Stage Musicals.

My first job after graduating was workshopping a brand new West End musical, The Band (the Take That musical). I love dancing and throughout training I have studied ballet, tap, jazz and period movement. At school, I sang in the Jazz Band, and I also had my own folk band where I played double bass which is double the size of me!

I love hiking and climbing mountains and I hope one day to walk from Canada to Mexico



Comedy & Drama

Sally - Comedy & Drama

Hi, I'm Sally and I'm so excited to be teaching the comedy and drama classes at PQA Bury.

I have been teaching drama for over fifteen years and I'm currently a lecturer in performing arts for Bolton college.

I studied physical theatre and dance at the University of Salford and after graduating, I wrote and performed comedy plays in many fringe venues around Manchester and performed stand-up comedy in venues such as the Comedy Store and the Frog and Bucket.

I've worked behind the scenes on some of the biggest touring theatre shows, such as Starlight Express, CATS, Fame the Musical, Chicago and many more.

I've written, produced and directed over twenty theatre plays, been an acting agent and even owned my own fringe theatre in Manchester – so I bring a lot of industry knowledge and experience into my classrooms.

I love nothing more than helping young people grow in confidence and believe in their abilities and I'm excited to be a part of the PQA Bury team.


Film & Television

Dave - Film & Television

I'm Dave Turner and I have been working in the media industry for nearly 6 years now. I started out as an Actor which I still am, garnering credits in film, TV and theatre including Crimes that Shook Britain, Whiteblade and Perfect Skin starring Richard Brake from Game of Thrones and Batman Begins.

I then started out on a journey that lead me to start writing, producing, editing and VFX. I wrote my first feature screenplay called Dream Finder and met my business partner Alex De Luca where we created the production company Clouded Sight Pictures Ltd.

Since then I have produced multiple films including Whiteblade, Dream Finder and Stormwarrior and have recently secured our first feature Independent Dreams and worldwide distribution with LA distribution company Indie Rights Movies.

On top of actively working in the industry for several years I have been teaching at other performing arts schools. I really enjoy passing on my knowledge and experience. My passion for this industry is only rivaled by the love I have for my children and family.



Lucy - Poppets

Hi, I'm Lucy Taylor and I'm delighted to be the Poppets teacher at PQA Bury.

Since a young age I have been involved in performances and a member of drama and dance schools the whole way through my schooling life. When I started Secondary School I developed a new interest in singing and I began vocal training, achieving my Grade 6 in Singing after five years.

Up until I started Sixth-Form College, drama, dance and singing were purely hobbies of mine and it wasn't until I began my A-Level in Drama and Theatre Studies that it became a dream of mine to achieve a career within the subject.

I have been involved in many shows and productions both as the cast and as part of the production team. I played the leading role of 'Bottom' in the Bury Met's production of Shakespeare's 'A midsummer night's dream'. I have been part of the chorus in the musical 'Sound of Music' and had roles in many plays such as John Godber's 'Happy Jack' and Jim Cartwrights 'Two'.

Whilst studying for my degree, myself and three of my fellow students set up a Theatre Company named 'Tagged Theatre'. The company deal with current societal issues and pressures facing young people and teenagers such as body image.

Prior to working at PQA, I was the artistic director of a disability arts theatre project named 'Fuse', making and touring shows across North Yorkshire.

I studied for 3 years at York St John University and graduated with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Theatre. It was during my degree that I realised that teaching was the career path I wanted to go down, specifically in the area of performance. I begin studying for my teaching degree in September 2017, alongside working at PQA as the teacher of the Poppets class.


Academy Assistant

Lucy - Academy Assistant

Hi, I'm Lucy and I am so excited to start as an Academy Assistant at PQA Bury!

My passion for performing arts began at an early age when I started cheerleading for Bury FC. I grew up dancing on the pitch on match days and competing in competitions across the country. I then became more versatile and confident as a performer during high school and college.

I've performed at many different venues for example, the Lowry, worked with professional companies such as Birmingham Royal Ballet and during college I took a lead role in many of our productions.

I have achieved a Level 1 qualification in Dance Leadership and I have recently completed a 3 Year Performing Arts Course at Bury College with a grade of triple distinction.

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