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We operate on a Sunday morning 10am-1pm at The Education Village.
Our aim is to ensure a high level of performance industry training, whilst gaining confidence, developing life skills and having lots of fun along the way.
The academy has superb facilities that include a spacious performing hall, where students will learn to develop their comedy and drama skills. It is also perfect to showcase their talent, with the use of their brilliant lighting rig and sound system.
The dance studio is air conditioned, with sprung floors and mirrored walls, so you can strut your funky stuff, while in musical theatre.
The T.V. & Film studio is a performing area which has a removable green screen so you can create any weird and wonderful set your imagination comes up with.
All our excellent practitioners deliver fun filled, creative, high energy, action packed sessions. Have a look, to see for yourself!
Try your hand at classes in Comedy and Drama, Musical Theatre and Film & T.V. We also offer "Poppets" classes for our young pupils, which will be all of the above condensed into a shorter session, 10am - 11:30am.
From time to time we will also have masterclasses in Street dance, theatrical make up, clowning and puppetry.
Other things to look forward to as well as your weekly sessions are; West-end shows, film premier events, which you will be staring in. Plus, students have the opportunity to take part in Trinity exams, at no extra cost.
If you have a passion for singing, a love of dancing, perhaps you want to be the next big film director or you just want to have fun, while learning new skills, contact us today to book your free taster session.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07936546347
We look forward to meeting you.
Principal / Comedy & Drama
Hello, my name is Laura and I am honored to say that I have been the proud principal of PQA DARLINGTON for one whole year now and I adore every minute of it!
As a proud "Smoggy", born and bred in Middlesbrough, I have a passion to bring a high standard of performance industry training to the area and most importantly to you, the next generation of performers.
I started my training at Sylvia Young Theatre School, so I understand the importance of developing your skills, from a young age. It was an education for life both on and off the stage. At 18 I attended the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA). My career started as soon as I left drama school, I literally hit the road running, going on a national tour with Hull Truck Theatre and I have never looked back.
Being an actor gives you a chance to be whoever you want to be and I have been lot's of different characters, both on and off screen. A chocolate factory worker for the BBC, a blushing bride for ITV and a women scorned in the West end. It's been a fantastic seventeen years in the industry and long may it continue. I also have my own theatre company, where we write, create and produce our own pieces of theatre.
I became a practitioner, as I wanted to pass on the skills I had been taught. You never stop learning and developing your talent. Working with young people reminds me of that on a weekly basis. Not only do you get insider knowledge of what it is like to work within the business, you will get someone who has been training young people for over nine years. With the correct nurture and guidance, students will develop, grow and discover new possibilities, that where never open to them before.
PQA Darlington wants you to learn new skills, in safe, fun and creative environment. Become different characters, sing like no one is listening, dance like no one is watching and most importantly be yourself. Gain the confidence, techniques and determination to stand out in a crowd.
So if you just can't wait to be king, defy gravity or you simply can't stop the beat!
Come along and meet us.
As William Shakespeare said "All the worlds a stage."
Dora Strang – Equus / Maggie Hobson – Hobson's choice both at the Lion Eagles theatre.
Mandy Wild – Studs – Hull Truck theatre (national tour) and Arc – Stockton.
Shelia – The Shy gasman – Southwark playhouse.
Maxine – Like a virgin – National tour.
Sandra – Beautiful thing / Reggie Fluety – Laramie project – Hazel Pearson theatre.
Jean – Your home in the west – Middlesbrough theatre.
Denise – Miss Crispy 1988 – National tour.
Sandra – Beautiful Thing / Sarah – Your Home in the west / Helen Stott – A Nightingale Sang / Carol – Shakers – All at Middlesbrough Theatre.
Jackie – Waiting for Gateaux / Rita – Educating Rita – Both a t Customs House.
Denise – The Royal – ITV.
Nancy – The Eustace brothers – BBC 1.
Tracy – Bodies – BBC 2.
Barbara – Mrs David – BBC 2.
Sara – (Regular) – Rocket Man – BBC 1.
Sandra – Dalziel and Pascoe – BBC 1.
Liz – Awake – Short film.
Biography coming soon.
Sarah is originally from Middlesbrough and has enjoyed musical theatre from young age. After training locally she then attended Arts Educational and completed a foundation course, after gaining a full scholarship Sarah went on to train in performing arts for 3 years at The Italia Conti Academy learning Jazz, Street Jazz, Ballet, Tap, singing, harmonizing, Estill technique, Alexander Technique, Stanislavski and Commedia Dell'Arte.
Since Graduation Sarah's highlights have been performing as Rebecca in 'Newland', both at The Bridewell theatre and at Edinburgh Festival, filming for Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, lead show girl at The New Wimbledon Theatre and More recently treading the boards at Middlesbrough Theatre in 'Bazaar and Rummage' As well as teaching Sarah also sings with a wartime vintage band. Sarah has worked in many aspects of TV, theatre and film and is very excited to be a part of PQA to be able to pass on all of that knowledge in a fun and creative environment.
Film & Television
Alastair Cummings is a director, editor and cinematographer based in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. After graduating from Northumbria University with first-class honours in Film and Television, Alastair set up his own freelance production company creating videos for clients such as Visit Britain, English Heritage and the British Council.
Outside of his freelance work, Alastair creates independent cinema from shorts all the way to feature films. His narrative works have gained recognition and awards at prestigious festivals across the globe, travelling from rural Italy to the Leonard Nimoy Thalia in NYC.
Alastair's most recent short, AKITA, has had over a hundred screenings across the world and won various awards including Best UK Short, Best Fiction, Best Film and Best Actor. His films are marked by the clever use of props, lovable characters and bizarre situations.
Alastair has been mentoring young people in video production for over 6 years and loves having the opportunity to help them create their first films. He aims to create films with young people that will have a life at film festivals worldwide and will give real confidence and self-esteem to those involved.
My name is Sarah and I've been working with PQA Tees Valley since the day we opened in 2013!
I've worked in a variety of different roles since we started but I am super happy to be your Vice Principal and Poppets teacher! Working alongside such an amazing team is a joy and watching year after year the fantastic work our students produce is an absolute privilege!
My background and experience is predominantly childcare based having studied Early Childhood Studies at Teesside University. I also hold a BTEC certificate in Performing Arts which I studied fr under the guidance of our amazing principal Laura Lonsdale. Over the last four years, I've gained a wealth of knowledge working and teaching alongside such talented professionals. Now more than ever we are able to deliver the highest standard of training!
As well as working at PQA Tees Valley, I am also starting up my own childcare agency. Working with children and young people is something I'm extremely passionate about. I can't wait to meet you all and most importantly encourage you to be yourself and be amazing!
Hi, my name is Becca and I am the Poppets Assistant!
After being a student at PQA Darlington for the last two years I am extremely excited to be switching roles and being part of the team, to share my experiences whilst continuing to expand my knowledge in all areas of Performing Arts. I am also continuing my training at PQA PLUS.
I am thoroughly passionate about performing both on stage and for screen and have been in various productions and short films. With PQA a short film I wrote and starred in, Refuge, won two awards, which I am very proud of!
Currently I am studying Musical Theatre at Stockton Riverside College and here I have played the Narrator/ Older Wendy in Peter Pan as well as being cast to play Grizabella in the college's Summer production of Cats which I cannot wait to start rehearsals for.
Looking forward to working with you all.
I'm Rochelle! Currently, while seeking professional acting jobs, take part in PQA Plus, which I thoroughly enjoy. I feel it is really important to keep training.
My career goal is to work in TV and film. I try to take as much supporting artist when I can to help me learn and develop my knowledge of the industry.
When I was younger I was a keen gymnast and won quite a few competitions. I then decided to study performing arts at Middlesbrough College, which made me realise that I had a huge passion for acting.
I am really excited about getting the opportunity to work with you all and hopefully, pass on some of the knowledge I have picked up along the way.
Born and raised in Middlesbrough, Laura recently graduated with a BA Hons degree in Drama and Theatre Arts from the University of Birmingham.
Specialising in theatre design, some of her credits include Costume Designer for productions of Into The Woods and Jonathan Doveʼs opera The Enchanted Pig, which premiered at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts in June 2017.
Laura has a variety of experience working with children and young people in primary schools and through Girlguiding UK as well as previous employment as a Drama and Theatre Coach with a local youth performing arts company. She is excited to share her creative passion and knowledge with the next generation of performers and creatives.
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The Education Village
Salters Lane South
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