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Hi, my name is Ali, the Principal of the Pauline Quirke Academy in Colchester. I am excited to provide the next generation of young performers in my home town an opportunity to nuture and delevop skills with industry professionals that will not only benefit them as performers, but also as people.

Our three module lessons, Musical Theatre, Comedy & Drama and Film & Television, offer our students aged 6-18 a contemporary and up-to-date performing arts education and are desinged to make our students verstalie performers while channeling their creativity. Our extremely fun Poppets class runs alongside our academy and provides multi-disciplinary lessons for 4-5 year olds. At PQA Colchester, our fantastic team are dedicated to inspiring, engaging and motivating all of our students, whether they wish to gain in confidence, make new friends, or to pursue a career in the performing arts. All of this takes place in a fun and safe environment that will allow students of PQA Colchester a chance to work as a part of a team that encourages everyone to celebrate their individualism!

As well as these exciting lessons, PQA Colchester offers many other fantastic opportunities to look forward to. Masterclasses, Trinity group exams and local and national showcase opportunities - from our regular film festivals at a local cinema to performing at Her Majesty's Theatre in London's West End with Pauline - will further enhance our students'
experience at PQA Colchester.

Our academy takes place every Saturday morning from 9.45am-1pm and 1.45-5pm at Philip Morant School, which boasts fantastic facilities. Feel free to contact me for more information or to arrange a free taster session, we would love to meet you!

Ali - Principal - PQA Colchester
07702198681
alistair.ward@pqacademy.com

 

Meet the Team

Alistair Ward

Principal

Alistair Ward - Principal

Alistair grew up in Colchester, where he caught the acting bug at an early age when cast as 'The Mirror' in his primary school production of Snow White. He never looked back, and at 18 left Colchester to train at Rose Bruford College. Alistair has worked as an actor since graduating in 2011 his credits include David in Ghost Hunt (Et Cetera Theatre), Jack in A Design For Life (Lost Theatre), Butch Honeywell in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Unicorn Theatre), a national tour of Personal Best with children's company Quantum Theatre and various radio plays with Colchester based company Frequency Theatre.

Alistair brings a wealth of experience to PQA Colchester, having worked as Comedy and Drama teacher at PQA Romford for nearly three years, and more recently at PQA Canterbury, where he was Vice Principal. He also has worked extensively with children with learning difficulties and behaviour problems, and also runs weekly council-funded drama classes in East London.

Alistair is passionate about young people having access to the performing arts, and is convinced that the arts can have a positive effect on young people.
Alistair says he "can't wait to come home and get started at PQA Colchester. I am excited for you to meet our team, all of whom are professionally trained and will deliver relevant and contemporary training to all of our students."

Natalie

VP/Comedy & Drama

Natalie - VP/Comedy & Drama

Natalie is a native Geordie actress, and trained at Rose Bruford College. Since graduating in 2011, her theatre credits include What Flows Past The Baltic by Liam Shannon (Nottingham Playhouse, Arcola Theatre), Heaven Eyes by David Almond (Tour), Expectations by (Pleasance Theatre), Lydia's House by Janet Plater (Live Theatre), Michaela's Mistake (Tour) and Retro Metro (Space Theatre). Film credits include Diana, Shot by Shot and RTS award-winning My World. Natalie has also appeared in a TV commercial for Barclays.

Natalie's passion for new writing and comedy has led her to work extensively with young people in the North East as a practitioner and actor on Live Theatre's 'Write Stuff' and 'Between the Lines' projects, which provide a platform to secondary school children to workshop their creative writing with directors and have them performed by professional actors. These are projects that Natalie is immensely proud to have been a part of. She has also worked as a practitioner for the National Youth Theatre and The Challenge.

Natalie is looking forward to teaching Comedy and Drama, and working with creative and talented young people to improve their confidence and skills, both on and off the stage!

Toby

Film & Television

Toby - Film & Television

Toby, has over eighteen years of experience in the film business. As a writer, he has been responsible for sixteen scripts broadcast in the USA and Europe. Toby is also an experienced director, and his short films have been nominated at over one hundred film festivals winning eleven awards. In addition, he has directed commercials, online virals, live events, music promos and documentaries. A native of Colchester, Toby will deliver his lessons with a sense of humour while reinforcing the importance of working as a team when working in the film industry!

Josie

Musical Theatre

Josie - Musical Theatre

Josie began her professional training at London Studio Centre, where she achieved a BA Hons degree in Theatre dance. Her time at London Studio Centre, allowed her to work with many renowned choreographers and current West End performers, opening up her training to other areas of the arts, such as Singing and Acting.

After graduating with a 2:1 Degree, she went onto work with a prestigious entertainment company; Qdos, in the pantomime Cinderella. Straight from Pantomime she moved to Japan to work for Disneyland Resort Tokyo, in the production of One Mans Dream II: The Magic Lives On where she stayed for the remainder of the year.

Since returning she worked for a small pantomime company as a singer touring the south of England with the production Best of Broadway, as well as appearing In various commercials for the production company Dcreative. She now works as a freelance performer for the Walt Disney Company UK events team, as well as a full time performing arts teacher and fitness Instructor.

Chloe

Poppets

Chloe - Poppets

Chloe is an actress, singer and director specialising in voice work and singing. She has loved acting and singing since she was young. She is pursuing her passion and is currently studying BA Drama and Literature at the University of Essex.

Recently, she has been involved in original writing projects with UEA Drama Studio and Drama Society Shorts Festival, and has appeared in 'Jack and The Beanstalk' at the Lakeside Theatre. Chloe is also an active member of the Theatre Arts Society at the University, and is currently directing a production of Jim Cartwright's 'Two' at the Lakeside Studio, which will be staged in May 2016.

She loves teaching and plans to pursue it as a career after graduation, so is thrilled to be working with PQA Colchester.

Paige

Poppets

Paige - Poppets

Paige is an actress, singer and director specialising in movement and dance. When she is not studying for her degree, Paige is busy appearing on stage, recently 'The Snow Queen' and 'Disorderly Women' at the Lakeside Theatre. Paige's first film effort was shortlisted in Echo film magazine. Paige is a proud member of the theatre arts society at Essex University.

Later this year Paige will be directing a production of 'Pronoun' by Evan Placey and has also just won an award for best original piece at the Lakeside Theatre (she may soon need a new mantelpiece)!

Paige is always passing on her enthusiasm for theatre, dance and choreography, and she loves working with our Poppets!

Moesha

Green Group Assistant

Moesha - Green Group Assistant

Bio to appear soon.

James

Film & TV Assistant

James - Film & TV Assistant

James is a passionate Colcestrian and filmmaker. Studying Digital Film at the University of Brighton, James' filmmaking has ranged from short films, to music videos to YouTubers, winning awards in the process. One of his proudest achievements in his career thus far is working for Channel 4's Gadget Man with Richard Ayoade. James as a filmmaker wants to experience as much of the industry he loves as possible. Having taught the benefits of media before, James is looking to ignite the passion and excitement in the next generation of filmmakers.

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Saturdays 09.45 - 13.00 & 13.45 - 17.00
Poppets 10.00 - 11.30 & 11.45 - 13.15

Philip Morant Academy
Rembrandt Way
Colchester
Essex
CO3 4QS

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