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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 - 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."


Musical Theatre

Katie - Musical Theatre

Katie-Faye is originally from West Yorkshire and in 2013 trained at The Arts Educational Schools London. Katie has performed in The D-Day Concert at The Royal Albert Hall, Sweet Charity at Cadogan Hall with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Oliviers and the West Side Story opening of Shakespeare Live!. TV credits include E4's Drifters and this Christmas she will be playing Wendy in Imagine Theatre's Peter Pan.


Musical Theatre

Naomi - Musical Theatre

Naomi is currently a student at the prestigious London School of Musical Theatre (LSMT), an intensive one-year Musical Theatre Diploma course. During her time at LSMT, Naomi has received practical training from professional performers actively working in the industry.

Credits whilst training include Frieda (Hope), The Jailer's Daughter (Shakespeare's Two Noble Kinsmen),Ensemble (9 to 5) and workshop performances of Hair, Brigadoon and Company.

Prior to training at LSMT, Naomi trained with West End Masterclass (WEM) for 2 years, a Musical Theatre Sunday School that offers training to those aged 8-30. During her time at WEM, Naomi was awarded Performer of The Year after her first term of training.

Previous credits also include Mabel in Fame (The Brook, The Playhouse Theatre, NYC) and Kate Monster in Avenue Q (The Brook, The Maltings in Ely, The Cambridge Arts Theatre & Edinburgh Fringe Festival).


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).


Academy Assistant

Holly - Academy Assistant

Holly joined PQA as a student in 2011, starring in two of our west end productions, American Dreams and Fright Night before joining the staff in 2016. Holly has Distinctions in Grades 3 and 4 with Trinity College London in Devised drama and Musical Theatre in Production.

Last year Holly performed in Vision at the world famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and more recently she directed the St Ivo School production The Taming of the Shrew.

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