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It is our pleasure to welcome you to PQA Cardiff's website! We hope you find it a useful guide to our Academy.
At PQA Cardiff we are focused on maximising our student's potential. We believe that our training, delivered by industry professionals, allows young people to explore entirely new creative worlds as well as having a great time in a safe environment.
The performance skills we teach go much further than the stage or film set, important life skills such as team building, confidence, and understanding are all achieved at PQA Cardiff, something we are very proud of!
So if it's belting out a West End number, showing some Shakespeare or getting behind the camera to direct your first film, PQA Cardiff is the place to do it!
What we offer is unique; our modules and the way they are delivered are like no other and we aim each week for our students to leave with great big smiles on their faces!
To arrange a taster please don't hesitate to contact us on 07722609895 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to meeting you soon!
Tom, Laura & all the team at PQA Cardiff
Hi, I'm Tom Barker and I am thrilled to be your principal at PQA Cardiff!
Born and raised in Cardiff I have been involved in theatre since a young age. At 10 years old I played the part of Farmer Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz and the rest, as they say, is history! I continued in theatre throughout my teens and 20s and have been lucky enough to perform in a wide variety of shows and mediums.
In 2011 I moved to London to study and in 2014 I graduated top of my class with first class honours in drama (BA) from University of Greenwich, where I was also award the LLT award for outstanding contribution to the drama department. I am also qualified at advanced level in stage combat with the APC. Whilst studying and in the year following I continued to work acting, directing, writing, and teaching before the opportunity to open Wales' first PQA here at home in Cardiff arose, an opportunity I jumped at!
Having been a part of, and having taught, theatre at youth level I know how valuable a life skill it is to be able to communicate well, learn empathy and get some confidence. It's also a fantastic place to make new friends and have lots of fun! At PQA Cardiff we strive to create a safe, enjoyable environment where our students can learn a whole host of new skills and express themselves. I hope to meet you soon!
I have always had a passion for theatre and a love for working with children. From a young age I have practiced musical theatre, drama, dance and trained in ballet performing in professional shows. Whilst studying at the University of Greenwich I started writing performances for young children and children with learning disabilities, from there my passion to inspire young performers grew.
I started working in a secondary school directing musical productions and assisting with the student's work in Drama. After finishing university, I continued to teach in both mainstream and special educational needs schools and have always found drama a fantastic teaching tool.
As Vice Principal I love having the opportunity to work every week teaching and behind the scenes at PQA Cardiff. We have produced fantastic work and aim to inspire all our students, PQA Cardiff is an amazing opportunity for everyone involved and I love being a part of it!
Comedy & Drama
I trained as an actor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Since graduating in 2003 I've worked and toured with many companies across the UK and internationally including; Shakespeare's Globe, National Theatre Wales and National Theatre Scotland as well as my own multi-award winning company Gagglebabble. I've also worked extensively in TV and Radio.
I'm passionate about teaching and enabling young people to fulfil their potential. Some of my happiest memories are from my time in youth theatre, it's a great place to learn new skills and meet friends. I'm delighted to be working as part of the PQA team.
Since 2007 I have taught, directed and performed with several drama companies, and am a drama graduate myself!
I have been performing since the age of 6 and gained a national diploma and degree in drama and performing arts. I have had many lead roles in shows such as Sister Act, Ghost, Avenue Q, Rent and Bare to name a few. I have performed at the Dolman Theatre, Congress Theatre, Wales Millennium Centre and Phoenix Theatre in London's West End! As well as this, I am a local writer have had work produced at the Riverfront Theatre, Dolman Theatre and most recently BBC Wales. As a singer I have opened for British soul singer "Omar" and collaborated with American rap groups Jurassic 5 artist, Akil. As well as PQA I am currently a student at the Royal welsh College of music and drama.
I know from personal experience the demands of the industry and love teaching the students what they need to know! Everyone gives their all in Musical Theatre, combining all three disciplines is a challenge but the standard of work at PQA Cardiff never fails to impress!
Film & Television
Kevin Phillips is a Film-maker from Tredegar, Blaenau Gwent with over 20 years experience in all types of film making, ranging from historical documentaries to full length feature films. He has worked extensively overseas in Europe and the U.S and also produced a number of beneficial community projects in Wales.
Kevin is also a qualified tutor who enjoys seeing the development of young people especially through the art of film.
Hello I'm Rachel and I am the Poppets teacher at PQA Cardiff. As a fully qualified child care practitioner I have a lot of experience in working with young children. I believe in the importance of learning through play and the structure of our poppets lessons is a perfect example of how we can incorporate performing arts into education and vice versa. I received an outstanding contribution award from Cardiff University for my work with preschool children in storytelling and characterisation.
I have always loved performing arts, especially musical theatre. As a Mum of two I also have extensive Disney knowledge and my own superhero obsession!
I can't wait to go on many amazing adventures with the poppets and really encourage them to let their brilliantly unique personalities shine through. The lessons really are fuelled by the children's passion for stories and performing which is what makes the adventures extra magical!
I am thrilled to be a part of the PQA team in Cardiff working as the Poppets assistant. I have had a passion for performing arts since the young age of 5, where I started my training at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. I attended the 'Junior Music School' and the 'Young Actor's Studio' studying Voice, Piano, Flute and Acting.
Recently, I have just graduated from the University of Chichester gaining a First-Class BA Honours in Music and Musical Theatre, studying all three disciplines of singing, dancing and acting. I have a desire to encourage and inspire young children to partake in performing arts and I relish seeing each individual at PQA grow in confidence and ability week-by-week.
I am a classroom assistant at PQA Cardiff; I was given the opportunity to work at the academy and jumped at the chance to be part of something so positive. As a classroom assistant I get to work alongside the incredible students and team who deliver unique and exciting opportunities, making it fun and enjoyable for all involved. Just seeing how much the kids enjoy the academy week in, week out makes it an extremely rewarding experience and something I love.
Each week we get to see students develop skills and grow in confidence, PQA Cardiff offers students a unique opportunity to learn skills they wouldn't otherwise have access too. It is great to work with a team where everyone is passionate about what they do, including the students!
After graduating from the University of Birmingham with a degree in Drama and Theatre Arts, I went on to study for a postgraduate diploma in performance at London's prestigious drama school, Mountview. Following a brief stint as an actress, I gained a job as an agent's assistant with talent agency, MLA Talent, where I assisted the MD of the company with managing high profile and up-and-coming comedians, actors, presenters, and DJs, as well as running a venue at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2010, I departed London for a 2-year period working overseas, managing performers for events at 5-star hotels across Europe.
Swansea born, I was delighted to re-join Mad Dog Casting at the start of 2013, with the brief to launch the Welsh office within the year. As Head of Casting at the Cardiff office, I supplied Supporting Artists to major productions including Wolf Hall, Sherlock, and Pride. More recently, I have moved into a new role running the Learning Events Programme for BAFTA Cymru.
Committed to supporting and strengthening the Creative Industries in Wales, I have previously worked on a volunteer basis to design and deliver career guidance workshops for Educational Charities 'Into Film' and 'Inspiring Futures' and I love working with the students at PQA Cardiff. I hope that I can share my industry knowledge with them to help them grow as performers and as people whilst having lots of fun too!
Film & Television Assistant
Working as a professional actor over the past 5 years in TV, film and theatre has allowed me to explore not only my interest in acting but also see what takes place behind the camera/stage.
I have recently achieved a BA (Hons) in Drama at the University of Exeter that has helped me to develop my skills in a variety of ways and given me the opportunity to establish a theatre company. I also had the chance to test a couple of interactive games by Realm Pictures.
Working for PQA as an assistant in the Film/TV module has been such a great experience as I am always learning. It has allowed me to help the students using my own experience and skills, giving them the tools to shine bright in the arts.
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