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Welcome to PQA Chislehurst & Sidcup!

I am the very proud Principal of PQA Chislehurst & Sidcup. I have taught at the Academy since it's opening in 2012 and have loved every minute of seeing it grow and go from strength to strength. We have a fantastic group of committed and experienced teachers- all experts in their fields, and loved by our students.

The school has a fantastic dance studio with sprung floor and mirrors, as well as a drama studio, out-door amphitheatre and many brilliant locations in the grounds for our filming projects.

As an academy, we have performed on stage at Her Majesty's Theatre in London, on the mainstage at the Danson Festival and at The Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford. Our students make many wonderful high quality short films which are entered into a wide variety of film festivals; recently a Green Group film was short listed for the prestigious Nikon Film Festival award and for 'best short' at The Raindance Festival.

Our students forever impress us with their skill and talent and are often auditioning for the latest show, film or commercial through Quirky Kidz; the PQA acting agency. They all also regularly take part in group Trinity Exams, which are a really fun way to promote team work and put their acting techniques into practise.

Above all our students are friendly and supportive; some of the greatest achievements that I have seen are to do with building confidence, communication skills and making life-long friends. I am extremely privileged to be in the role of Managing Principal and am excited to share our academy with you.

Amy Allen 
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"We just wanted to say a massive thank you to you and the whole team at PQA, the show really was amazing! It really showed just how hard you have all been working. We just enjoyed it so much - it was so professional and most importantly, the kids all looked like they enjoyed it so much!"

"I just thought I would say a very big thank you to you and your team. Jacob didn't just enjoy being on stage, he said he loved it! There were a few tears on the way home in the car, mostly because he was so sad it was over. So thank you and PQA for giving him this amazing opportunity."

"Many thanks Amy - they were all fantastic- my husband's family came down from Nottingham. And another friend of mine came and they were really impressed with the whole show and how well all the children did."

"My husband and I were so impressed by how calm the children were in the morning and how relaxed the children were with you and your staff. You have all done a great job with the children and the school is so well organised and such a positive and happy environment."

"Thanks to you and your team for putting on the amazing show.  The children were simply amazing and that is testament to all the hard work you and your team put in. So thank you - it was a fantastic experience for them all, not just the show but the focus and preparation required to deliver. It's definitely a skill for life."

Meet the Team


Managing Principal

Amy - Managing Principal

Amy trained as an Actor at Rose Bruford College (BA Hons), and at ALRA (MA). She has performed on stage and screen throughout the UK & Germany, as well as at the Edinburgh Fringe & St James' Theatre in London. She has worked on independent films as well as with companies such as the BBC alongside established actors Frances Barber and Zawe Ashton.

Amy has over 15 years' experience of working with young people, having taught dance & drama to students at the Tyne Theatre Stage School in Newcastle; worked on an American Summer Camp for 4 summers; as a teaching assistant in mainstream and special-needs education, and as a youth worker on DI4R camps, where she managed a scheme which brought underprivileged young people from inner-city areas to residential camps in the Peak & Lake Districts. Amy currently leads an adult acting group 'The Park Players' at the Park Theatre, Finsbury Park, and co-leads a reminiscence course which is drama based for people living with dementia.


Comedy & Drama

Alistair - Comedy & Drama

Alistair trained on the three year BA Acting course at East 15. Companies worked with include BBC, York Theatre Royal, Touring Consortium, Bill Kenwright, The Young Shakespeare Company and Freedom Studios. He's been teaching and facilitating for just over three years including working as Programme Leader for NCS.


Musical Theatre

Emma - Musical Theatre

Emma is from Glasgow and moved to London to train at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where she gained an MA (Distinction) Musical Theatre. Prior to training at Central, Emma gained an MA (Hons) Music from the University of Glasgow. Emma has recently played her dream role of Little Red Riding hood in the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods. A few other recent theatre credits include: West End Heroes (Dominion Theatre), Meet Me in St Louis (Landor Theatre), Side by Sondheim and West End at the Fringe (Edinburgh Fringe Festival).


Film and Television

Joseph - Film and Television

Joseph Dewey is a successful British Film/TV actor having worked with directors such as Bryan Singer, John Landis and Danny Boyle. He is currently attached to play leading roles in two major films. Along with acting Joseph is an Award Winning Director for his debut short film and a published novelist. Joseph is currently directing two short films and two feature documentaries as well as being commissioned to write two more novels. Joseph is also owner of production company Chipped Productions, helping up and coming writers and actors achieve success within the film industry.



Mollie - Poppets

Mollie started performing at a young age and is an experienced, highly skilled dancer. She has performed on stage in Jack & the Beanstalk, and in Grease at The Orchard Theatre, as well as at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall & Her Majesty's Theatre in the West End.

Mollie realised a love for working with children while assisting at PQA since it opened its doors in 2012, she is passionate about working with early-years students in particular, and is currently studying primary education at university with a view to becoming a primary school teacher upon graduation. PQA Poppets combines Mollie's love for performing with her passion for teaching young children, and she is thrilled to lead the Poppets course at PQA Chislehurst & Sidcup.


Poppets Assistant

Nicola - Poppets Assistant

Nicola started dancing from a young age and graduated from Millennium Performing Arts in 2014 with a National Diploma in Musical Theatre.

Her theatre credits include: Jack and The Beanstalk (The Playhouse Theatre, Weston Super Mare), Peter Pan (Theatre Royal, Norwich), Snow White (Theatre Royal, Norwich) and Gazelle Twin- Unflesh (The Barbican, London)
Commercial work: Charli XCX, The Editors, Gazelle Twin and The Bohicas (music videos).
TV appearances: Blues Clues, A Different Breed, London Tonight, and Mustard TV.
Nicola has recently been involved with a major Hollywood movie due for release in 2017.



Academy Assistant

Janine - Academy Assistant

Janine trained at Newcastle College and Cumbria Institute of the Arts in performing arts and graduated in 2003.

Theatre credits include 'Stepping Out', 'A piece of cake' and 'who's under where?' at the Mill Theatre Sonning, in 'Riot' at the Customs House and Liverpool Everyman theatre, 'A Comedy of Errors' and 'Alex, the warrior and the winter star' with NTC theatre.

TV credits include Byker grove, The rag nymph, Tracey beaker and The Interceptor.


Academy Assistant & Cover Teacher

Lysanne - Academy Assistant & Cover Teacher

Since graduating from Trinitylaban, Lysanne has been performing, directing and teaching all over Europe.
Acting credits include: Katrine, The Bacchae, Gavin Harrington-Odedra, Blue Elephant Theatre. Romy, Fragments, Birgitta Bernhard, N16 Theatre. Actress, Ross McKim Celebration, Michael Spenceley, Rambert School. Fairy/Starveling, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Laura Colgan, Edinburgh Fringe. Snow Queen, The Snow Queen, Bernie Byrnes, C Theatre. Captain Squanderbag, Honoria and Mammon, Brice Stratford, St Giles-In-The-Fields.
Her creative credits include: Alcina, Longborough Festival Opera, Assistant Director to Jenny Miller. Limitless; Classics for Parkinson's, The Battersea Barge, Director/Producer. Jabberwocky Market, Darlington, Assistant Producer. Limitless; Music for Parkinson's, The Wenslock and Essex, Director/Producer.


Cover Assistant

Meg - Cover Assistant

Meg trained and graduated in BA(Hons) Musical Theatre from Millennium Performing Arts. She has danced from a young age and always loved teaching children. She has taken various workshops with a primary school in South Wales for their creativity weeks and also performed a Contemporary solo in her first ever Eisteddfod, when it was held in her hometown of Cardiff.
Before moving to London to train professionally, Meg did a lot of work within the 'Dance in the Community' sector in Cardiff – interacting and dancing with people of all ages and disabilities.
Meg does extra work for film and TV – having done 'My Mad Fat Diary 2', 'Absolutely Anything' and 'Yonderland 2' to name a few various titles.
Meg is currently auditioning to further her acting career, whilst teaching Ballet for an after school club and Contemporary workshops at Millennium Performing Arts.

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