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PQA Chelmsford operates from Chelmer Valley High School each Saturday from 9:45 to 13:00.

"As Principal of PQA Chelmsford I aspire for every young person who trains with us to leave the academy each week with a smile on their face and buzzing with tales from their classes! There is no one 'star' performer at our academy - they're all stars, and will all have an equal opportunity to dazzle you with their new-found skills"

"We look forward to hearing from you soon - please request a free brochure for further information, or enrol online today!"

Please be advised that PQA Chelmsford unfortunately does not run PQA Poppets classes (4 to 6 years old).

Stephen Hawke

Meet the Team

Stephen Hawke


Stephen Hawke - Principal

I am simply delighted to be involved with The Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts in Chelmsford. The family feel we encourage and embrace each Saturday makes the week a complete and happy one, sharing the smiles, warm hearts and fun as it comes through the welcome doors, and nurturing the confidence and talent of all our wonderful students.

Now in our tenth year at PQA Chelmsford, I promote & continue the philosophy of providing a creative, fun, learning environment for Drama, Theatre & the Performing Arts for our young people.

As one of life's "creatives" I have been professionally involved in Theatre & Dramatic Arts for around seventeen years, having been first inspired by Willie Russell's West End Production of Blood Brothers back in the late 90's.

I received initial Training as an actor at the Norwich Theatre Royal & "The Garage" in various aspects of Acting, Theatre & Stagecraft, and after being trained in unarmed stage combat, classical acting methodology and realism, aspirations of coaching the Dramatic Arts became a natural progression for me & to which I now dedicate all my time.

Attending C.C.A.T.S Drama College & with a passion for Shakespeare, I received professional accreditation as both Actor & Teacher (following The Trinity College London curriculum) where I am soon to begin working towards a Licentiate accreditation in Applied Speech & Drama).

Past Stage credits include (among others), "Dr Chapman -marriage guidance Counsellor" in Michael Cooney's "Cash on Delivery" (Best Supporting Actor award), the U-Boat Commander "Don't Tell him your name Pike" in "Dads Army", "The Hotel Inspector" in "Fawlty Towers", Malcolm Hedley - News Anchorman in "Dark Justice" & I also auditioned for West End productions of "Ghost Stories" and "Blackwatch".

TV, movie & ad/commercial appearances range from Government Alcohol awareness campaign "Know your Limits", through to Tetley Tea, BT, Google, BT Sport, Sky Sport, Sony (Playstation), VW & SEAT car companies, Nike, & M&M Sweets (which has an amusing story!).

As an actor and featured / Supporting Artiste, I have been seen in popular Soaps such as "Eastenders", "Midsomer Murders", "Silent Witness" "Holby" & was a prior regular in "The Bill". I have also been featured in many TV programmes, such as "Law & Order" (with Bradley Walsh), "Hope & Glory" (Lenny Henry), Sherlock, Whitechapel, Spooks, Todd Margaret, Miranda, The Steven K Amos Show, Chucklevision, and enjoyed a recurring role in Victoria Wood's Christmas Special, Bigger budget productions include Sky Atlantic blockbuster series "The Last Panthers" with John Hurt, Sky One's "Critical" (with Lenny James) and & movies including "Franklyn", "Reuniting the Rubins" (Timothy Spall) "Maybe Baby" (starring Hugh Laurie/directed by Ben Elton), Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 1, "Sleepy Hollow" (Johnny Depp), X-Men First Class (20th Century Fox, starring James McAvoy), & Sleepy Head etc. (I also appeared as a supporting actor in the popular series "Missing" starring our very own Pauline!)

I am a firm supporter in the PQA "serious fun" philosophy for our students. Enjoyment whilst learning is fundamental to any child's development & seeing our students having a great time whilst achieving their personal goals however big or small & gaining confidence and life skills is a hugely rewarding experience.

With a hand-picked team of dedicated, professional teachers (all of whom are working actors, actresses, Choreographers, singers & Film Directors/producers), I know that the enthusiasm, ability & creative, fun-approach adopted by all of us at PQA will continue to be a fabulous environment for your children.

See you Saturday! 

Stephen Hawke
Principal - The Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts (Essex)
Mob: 07825 086694



Musical Theatre

Shelby - Musical Theatre

I am a hugely passionate performer and consider that we are constantly undergoing training and gaining experience throughout our careers. Having danced from the age of three and studied both singing and acting at college, my main fields of expertise are Ballet, Tap, Modern, Lyrical and Jazz styles. However in recent years I've also studied Contemporary and Commercial dance, vocal work and Acting.

Over the years, I have performed in Pantomimes as both a dancer and principal roles. I've taken part in various dance competitions, accumulating over 250 medals and trophies, including 'Most Promising Classical Dancer', 'Highest Ballet Mark', 'Highest Character Mark', 'Most Promising Choreographer' and the 'Adjudicator's award'. I have enjoyed performances with companies such as English Youth Ballet, Blah Blah Productions, Mardi Gras and gained my main training from The Castle Pointe Academy where I have studied I.S.T.D Ballet, Imperial Modern and Tap as well as B.A.T.D Ballet and LAMDA Acting.
(I also performed in Disneyland Paris twice, once on the Fantasy Festival Stage and once on the Videopolis Stage).

Taught by professional dancers from West End Shows such as 'Thriller Live: The Musical', 'Wicked' and 'Chicago', I am honoured to have been given vocal lessons Lee Mead (when he was in the ensemble of Phantom of the Opera, and before he won Andrew Lloyd Webber's role of Joseph in 'Joseph'.

My aspirations within the industry remain being a triple threat performer and perform in West End shows utilizing my wonderful experiences to inspire young people.

As a dancer, if I could perform in any show it would have be 'Thriller Live: The Musical' because the choreography is simply outstanding and the energy of such high intensity.

It is a privilege and an honour to be involved with PQA Chelmsford and working with Stephen Hawke and his team of professionals, and I look forward to seeing each and every student every week.


Comedy & Drama

Lucy - Comedy & Drama

Lucy is an experienced professional Performer and Mentor, trained at the Italia Conti School where she achieved a BA (Hons).

She is skilled in many drama and Musical Theatre Disciplines including Ballet, Modern and Tap, as well as Movement (Impulse and Release techniques), with additional and highly valuable BASSC qualifications in Stage Combat (Armed /Un-Armed).

Working with PQA since we opened in 2009, Lucy has been continuously involved in many facets of mentoring student performers which has spanned several years. She is a Partner in a "Theatre in Education Company, called "Working Space Theatre Ltd" providing educational based plays to schools throughout England, Scotland and Wales and have included amongst many, The Nutcracker, The Great Fire of London, Oliver Twist, Gunpowder Treason & Plot, A Christmas Carol, Cleopatra, Pips War, Henry the V111 and his six Wives, The Snow Queen and Frankenstein). Her responsibilities are not only devising the plays but the daily running of the company, auditioning actors, casting, producing and directing the plays, costume sourcing, script editing, and overseeing tours for the duration of the performance run.

With an interesting and successful career on the Stage (including "Sara" in Three Steps Down, "Mrs Allen" in Dark of The Moon, "Brenda" in Road , she has many other professional credits to her name such as Radios "Rosie" in Smelling the Roses, and appearing in TV's "Some Break", "Attack of the Killer Cockney and "New Town Original"

Additionally, Lucy has also been involved in devising week-long workshops in conjunction with "Theatre Active", for young people across the country, culminating in successful end Productions, and local schools involved in these workshops have included King Edmunds School in Rochford.

Exciting local projects that Lucy has been involved in, include organizing six-week film and video project workshops for disadvantaged teenagers, at the Fryerns School on behalf of Essex County Council. This was highly rewarding work and felt to be of significant advantage to developments in Film and Video production techniques and is felt she will continue to contribute enormously to al our Academies>

I am very pleased to introduce Lucy as one of my teachers and know that she will be loved by you all.


Teaching Assistant

Joseph - Teaching Assistant

Joseph is a very welcome and experienced addition to our PQA Team.
Growing up in a performing environment, he has attended Performing Arts schools since he was very young (his first show when he was eight years old, was the Rocky Horror Show playing Riff-Raff and then he starred in "Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat".
He attended The Sylvia Young Theatre School for three years, and became a prefect/greeter, before starting at PQA Chelmsford on its opening in 2008.
He considers himself very fortunate to have been accepted into three Drama Schools, eventually choosing the well known and tough "Poor School" of Acting and Dramatic Arts in the centre of London, where he has since appeared in many professionally produced Plays such as The Crucible (Arthur Miller), Hay Fever (Noel Coward), Portrait of a Madonna (Tennessee Williams), The Seagull and Uncle Vanya (both by Anton Chekhov), Ghosts (Henrik Ibsen), Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet (by William Shakespeare).
More recently Joseph has appeared in TV Pilot Series (Maid of Dockland), and is currently auditioning for Stage and screen, working on TV and Feature Film Projects which will be announced shortly, making him a very versatile Assistant in both our PQA TV and Film, and Comedy and Drama modules.

With a trained baritone voice, Joseph has also featured in Musical Revues and recitals, receiving high acclaim performing "Tell My Father" as Private Sam Taylor in the Musical Civil War (Boyd, Wildhorn and Murphy) and in "New Brain" (Roger Delli-Bovi)
Skilled in may dialects and accents, Joseph has also recently become an accredited member of the British Academy of Dramatic Combat (BADC), receiving a High Distinction in his last exam with True Edge Combat. Trained in sword fighting choreography with foil, sabre and cutlass, as well as staff and unarmed combat techniques and choreography for film and stage, Joseph is undergoing continuous training throughout the year, to become an instructor in advanced techniques and weapons choreography, where he looks forward to sharing these techniques with our students at PQA.
Joseph enjoys relaxing by writing short stories, Poems and Prose, and has many featured writings on You Tube, with well know Bloggers reading his work to the world.
As an experienced actor for his young years, Joseph is a hugely valuable asset to us all.

"I am very proud to be an inclusive member of the PQA team of professionals, where I really enjoy working with the students, imparting my knowledge, skills and experience, and seeing their development and enjoyment of what we do each week"


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Megan - Teaching Assistant

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