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We offer every member of our academy the chance to do something they really enjoy. We teach confidence and important life skills through the Arts ranging from diverse ensemble and devised theatre to the elaborate worlds of film & television and the West End.

We believe every young person we teach is important and leaning is about doing. At PQA Cambridge we make sure our students really enjoy their experience; after all, theatre is entertainment!

PQA Cambridge operates on Saturday from 9.45am-1pm and 1.45-5pm at the Parkside Federation Academy in the centre of Cambridge.

Our fantastic facilities include a large hall, with a stage, lighting and sound facilities; a black box drama studio and a classroom with smart projector and speaker system.

We would love to show you what we do so please call Mikey on 07549923885 to arrange a free taster session.

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Mikey Kowalczyk


Mikey Kowalczyk - Principal

Mikey has been a part of the Pauline Quirke Academy for 8 years, experiencing every part of the Academy from front desk to classroom, then becoming Principal of PQA Cambridge in 2011. PQA has truly become a huge part of Mikey's life and he has seen it all as it has developed over the years giving him a vast knowledge of the Academy.

Mikey directed his first production, Jack and the Beanstalk at the age of 18; from that he went on to direct Little Shop of Horrors at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010. Mikey has also worked with London's Company of Angels, collaborating on a group of projects with other directors.

In 2012, Mikey produced and directed 'Fame' with Viva Theatre Company, which travelled across the Atlantic, giving many young people the opportunity to perform in New York!

As an actor Mikey has performed in many roles and knows very well how it feels to be part of production at a young age. Mikey's fully committed experience as a youngster in local groups further progressed into professional acting work as an adult including playing The Toymaker in Cambridge based company Gomito's: A Toymaker's Christmas.

Along with his directing, performing and youth work, Mikey is a keen musician, playing the drums for one of the country's first schools production of Cats, and bass for the musical I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2013. He will also happily lend his hand to the technical part of production, having assisted with the sound and lights for smaller amateur productions.

During the week, Mikey works at Soham Village College as their theatre producer and technical manager, whilst also teaching drama and music to 11-16 year olds.

"Theatre creates pleasure, fear, laughter and tears; but best of all, it creates great people."


Film & Television

Jonnie - Film & Television

Jonnie is a creative mercenary fascinated by visual story telling.

Born in London, raised in Cambridge, took a teenage detour through Vienna, received a first class degree in North Wales and returned to Cambridge.

Jonnie has recorded a folk-grunge album (with one sale to date), had his unique visual poetry published and won several awards for his filmmaking including a 9 minute Rom-Com (Love Handles, Best Script) and 14 second horror shot on his smartphone (Routine, Virgin Media's #EvilDeadShorts).

For the past 4 years he has been running his own production company providing high quality media for Corporate clients, Weddings, Events, Music videos & short films.

He is keen to stop writing in the third person and start telling someone else's story which he hopes you will find much more enjoyable.


Comedy & Drama

Nick - Comedy & Drama

Nick Banks is an actor and acting tutor based in London and Cambridgeshire. He trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and now has representation in Los Angeles, Australia and the UK. His recent credits include KINGSMAN alongside Academy Award winners Colin Firth and Sir Michael Caine. He has also recently returned from filming a lead role in Japan, LA and the UK for a new movie produced by SONY pictures called SYNCED. Theatre credits include JULIUS CAESER with The RSC, and HDOYL at The New York Vineyard Theatre, Off-Broadway.

Nick spent 3 years as the Head Tutor of NEXT STEP DRAMA, a company that offered specialist coaching for students at Independent Schools wishing to apply to Acting Schools such as Guildhall, RADA and LAMDA where he enjoyed success in getting a high percentage of students into their desired academy.

Nick has a tremendous amount of up-to-date insight into the industry from 7 years professional work across all mediums and a wealth of training from inspirational teachers and practitioners at the RSC and National Theatre including Patsy Rodenburg OBE and Declan Donnellan (Cheek by Jowl).


Musical Theatre

Mark - Musical Theatre

Mark is a performer and theatre maker and has just finished studying towards an MA in Performance (Musical Theatre) at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Mark works regularly as a professional singer and actor alongside teaching. Mark not only performs but also runs a Physical Theatre Company called Push to Shove Theatre that create their own work and are currently making a show that will be touring within the near future. Mark is excited to now be a part of the PQA Team!


Academy Assistant

Hannah - Academy Assistant

After being a student at PQA for four years and making great memories including performing at Her Majesty's Theatre, Hannah was really excited when the chance arose to return to the academy as a teaching assistant.

After completing her A-levels, Hannah is delighted to have a year to make the most of many great opportunities such as directing a production of All My Sons by Arthur Miller and being an extra in a feature film.

She will be taking up a place studying Performance and Scriptwriting at the University of East Anglia next year.


Academy Assistant

Lauren - Academy Assistant

Lauren is currently in her second year of a BA (Hons) Performing Arts degree, she moved to Cambridge from the North East to attend University. Whilst in the North East she worked as a children's entertainer and has experience working as a classroom assistant. Her credits include Mimi from the musical Rent (a production she was in at Sixth Form), Roxie Hart from Chicago, and Campbell Davis from Bring It On, both productions with her University. Lauren is delighted to be part of the PQA team.

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