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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

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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

Claire - Vice Principal & Poppets

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!


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.


Musical Theatre

Ian - Musical Theatre

Ian has performed in a wide variety of productions. He has toured the UK, U.S.A, and the Far East in theatre productions, including Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, and They're Playing Our Song. He has also been resident in San Diego, Tampa Bay, Myrtle Beach and Branson performing in Spirit of The Dance and Spirit of Broadway.

Ian has worked extensively on cruise ships, both as part of the on-board theatre companies, and also in his own right as a headlining cabaret artist.

Most recently Ian appeared as a vocalist in the Thursford Christmas Spectacular, and continues to appear as a headline cabaret artist for Warner Leisure Hotels.

Ian is thrilled to be joining the team at PQA Bury!


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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