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We operate on Sundays from 9.45am-1pm, where we welcome students aged 4 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.

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 mum to three boys.......!


Film & Television

Chris - Film & Television

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 and Media Arts at Maidenhill School in Stonehouse, a secondary school with specialist status in the Performing Arts. As well as leading a department Chris is 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.


Comedy & Drama

Robin - Comedy & Drama

Robin lived in Stroud for 12 years before deciding to become a performer. He has been training in Contemporary Circus and Physical Performance at the Circomedia academy in Bristol, specialising in object manipulation. He is now part of a team called Circus Thirtysix, creating outdoor performances and teaching juggling, acrobatic and equilibristic skills.

Robin is enthusiastic about sharing his skills, and using Circus arts as a medium to encourage creative thinking and physical exploration.

He is very excited to be coming to Cirencester to teach!




Musical Theatre

Lucy - Musical Theatre



Chloe - Poppets

Chloe trained with PQA and after a spell assisting with Poppets she now leads the classes.

She had a part in the BBC's production of 'Cider with Rosie' and also works as a 'scare' actor in the Frightmare Halloween Festival in Gloucestershire. She holds several qualifications in Musical Theatre and Drama – most recently Grade 6 in Individual Acting. Other talents include singing and playing the guitar.

Chloe has plans to go to Drama School with the desire to find full time professional work in both theatre and film projects.


Teaching Assistant

Carrick - Teaching Assistant

Carrick attended PQA Cheltenham before moving to Stroud and now Cirencester!  He has officially been a member of PQA for over 6 years.

He gained an A* in his GCSE Drama and is the only PQA student in the country to have achieved Grade 8 (Merit) in Individual Acting. He also sings, to grade 4 standard and has won 2nd prize in the Musical Theatre category at the Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Carrick is now studying A'Level Theatre Studies, Maths and Government & Politics after earning himself a Drama scholarship at Wycliffe College and wants to go to drama school in New York to train as an actor.

He has a (not so) secret passion for 'The Rocky Horror Show' and on occasion, can be spotted tottering around in 10inch heels...

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Poppets 10.00 - 11.30

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