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We operate on Sundays from 9.45am-1pm, where we welcome students aged 6 to 18. Each week students have sessions in Comedy & Drama, Musical Theatre and Film & Television, led by our fantastic team of Teachers and Teaching Assistants.

We are always working on exciting projects which feature our students performing in a variety of different roles, in musicals, plays and films.

We are passionate about every student's personal journey with us, and the whole team work hard to ensure every single student is given the opportunity to become the best performer they can be, and reach their potential creatively. Every student has something unique to offer, and it's our job to encourage this and develop it!

We would love to show you what we do here at PQA Cirencester. If you're interested in a free taster session, please call us for a chat and we'll arrange for you to visit the Academy. Alternatively, you can request a brochure or enrol online now – we look forward to welcoming you to PQA Cirencester!


Meet the Team

Marie Stimson-Machers


Marie Stimson-Machers - Principal

Marie studied Film & Television with Theatre Studies at Derby University followed by a Postgraduate Certificate in Education in Drama & Contextual Studies at The University of Reading. After one year of teaching, she was promoted to Head of Drama and has continued in this role for 16 years in the local area – most recently as Head of Drama at The Crypt Grammar School in Gloucester.

In 2003 she attained her Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Performance Coaching) and also started working for Edexcel as a GCSE Drama examiner. Twelve years later, she is now on the senior team, in the role of Assistant Principal Moderator and completes Enquiries After Results.

Marie is also a trained Arts Award advisor (up to and including Gold) and after 16 years in Education, has finally 'left school' to run PQA full time, though she can still be 'spotted' doing a little bit of supply teaching!

In her 'spare' time she is also a mum to three children and therefore doubles up as a taxi driver, cleaner, personal organiser and cuddle monster....

If she has any time left over, she runs marathons, albeit rather slowly!


Musical Theatre

Lucy - Musical Theatre

Lucy started her training in Performing arts from the age of four attending Ballet, Jazz, Tap, singing and drama classes in and around the Bristol area. As her abilities grew Lucy's love for the stage and performance beckoned this set the performance field for Lucy who was signed to an agency creating opportunities in TV, modelling, & Musical Theatre.

At eleven Lucy performed a six-month run at the Bristol Hippodrome alongside Phillip Schofield & Daren Day in 'Joseph' as part of the Really Useful Company. From here Lucy went on to perform in 'Scrooge' at the Bristol Hippodrome, 'Little Shop of Horrors', 'A Night at the Musicals', 'Snoopy', 'Grease', and 'Antigone' at the Ustinov Theatre. Television work includes 'Casualty' (BBC), 'Teachers' (Channel 4), HTV documentaries & 'EastEnders' (BBC).

Lucy's training continued at Theatre Schools, obtaining a National Diploma in Performing Arts at the City of Bath College and studying a two year HND Musical Theatre/Dance diploma at the prestigious Italia Conti School.

Lucy works as a full time Musical Theatre/Performing Arts Teacher in Bristol, Bath, Cirencester & Stroud and is also the owner/Principal/Choreographer of her own Dance Company which has been running for over 11 years for ages 4 to adults and has five centres based throughout Bristol. Her dancers have placed 4th in the world street dance championships and have won numerous Contemporary Accolades/Awards over the years.


Comedy & Drama

Chris - Comedy & Drama

Chris graduated from Liverpool University with a B.A. (Hons) 2:1 in Drama and English Literature before completing his Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Manchester University.

Head of Drama posts at schools in Wolverhampton, London and Cornwall followed before he moved to Stroud to take on the role of Head of Performing Arts at Maidenhill School in Stonehouse, a secondary school with specialist status in the Performing Arts. As well as leading a department Chris was also BTEC Quality Nominee for the school ensuring the smooth running of their vocational qualifications.

Chris is also an experienced director of youth theatre with acclaimed productions of 'Jesus Christ Superstar', 'We Will Rock You' and 'Hairspray' to name but a few. He is also co-founder of 'Dead Ernest Theatre Company', which has toured the South-West with performances of John Godber's 'Bouncers' (in which he played Judd) and Ben Elton's 'Popcorn', which he directed.


Film & Television

Carrick - Film & Television

Carrick attended PQA Cheltenham before moving to Stroud and has officially been a member of PQA for over 8 years.

Achieving A*/A's in Drama & Media Studies, he also has achieved Grade 8 (Merit - TCL) in Individual Acting. He also sings, (Grade 5 ABRSM) and has won 2nd prize in the Singing category at the Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts. Carrick has created work for the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which he performed with PQA Plus Stroud, in their production of 'Stranger Than Truth'.

Carrick completed AS Level Theatre Studies, and Government & Politics after earning himself a Drama scholarship at Wycliffe College. He is currently studying A Level Film Studies and a level 3 Performing Arts qualification at Cirencester College.

Carrick has worked on the BBC 'Earth Lab Science' shorts alongside Dominic Burgess with roles both in-front of and behind the camera. He has also been involved in numerous film projects with The University of Gloucestershire, where he plans to complete a degree in Film Production.


Vocal Coach

Dee - Vocal Coach

Gloucester born and bred, Dee graduated from Bath Spa University in 2012 with a 2.1 Honours degree in Music, majoring in vocal studies. However, she has always been involved with Performing Arts since a young age, having competed in the Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts - winning several classes and silverware! Dee also appeared as soprano soloist with several choirs and musical groups. During 2013, before moving back to Gloucester, she was a first soprano in Bath Camerata and The Turner Choir, both highly renowned professional choirs.

Dee also runs her own music tuition school - teaching singing and piano privately, specialising in students whose ambition is to get into Performing Arts and Specialist Dance Schools in which a fundamental part of their audition is in singing.

She is very excited to be teaching at PQA Stroud and Cirencester, and looks forward to sharing her love of the Performing Arts, whilst watching the students progress and grow in confidence.


Teaching Assistant

Caitlin - Teaching Assistant

Caitlin trained at PQA Stroud for several years before joining us as a teaching assistant.

She is currently studying a BTEC National Diploma (Level 3) in Media Production and an A Level in Drama and Theatre Studies at Cirencester College.

Caitlin worked as a sound engineer and technician for the PQA Plus production of 'Stranger Than Truth' at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has a part in the upcoming, locally made film 'Philophobia'.


Teaching Assistant

Felicity - Teaching Assistant

Felicity lives in Swindon and is currently working at a primary school alongside doing her degree in Educational practice with Oxford Brookes University.

She has been dancing since the age of four and trained at the Gemma Short school of Dance and Drama where she participated in many competitive dance festivals around the country.

Felicity loves to perform and has played many parts in local productions including "Louisa Von Trapp" in "The Sound of Music", "Duffy" in "Annie", "Princess Ying Yoawalak" in "The King and I", "Tzietel" in "Fiddler on the roof" and most recently played the part of "Brooke Wyndham" in "Legally Blonde" at the Wyvern Theatre.

In her spare time Felicity enjoys meeting friends, going for meals and shopping!


Teaching Assistant

Ryan - Teaching Assistant

Ryan has always had a keen interest in all things media and music related; achieving an A in GCSE Music and a B in GCSE Media Studies, as well Rock School Grade 6 and a Bronze Arts Award.

Ryan is currently in his final year of studying level 3 courses in Media Production and Music Performance at Cirencester College. He achieved Distinction Star grades in both courses in his first year.

When he leaves college, Ryan is looking to follow an apprenticeship in the Media Industry, preferably in a film production company, with the aim of making it his full-time career one day.

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