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PQA Dartford is a performing arts school, with classes for children and young adults in Comedy & Drama (acting), Musical Theatre (singing and dancing) and Film & Television (filmmaking).
Our Dartford academy operates from Longfield Academy every Saturday from 9.45am-1pm and 1.45-5pm. We welcome students from 4-18 years within the Dartford, Greenhithe, Northfleet, Darenth, Horton Kirby, Southfleet, Bean, Longfield, Hartley, Fawkham Green, Meopham and surrounding areas.
Note from our Principal:
Our students are given the opportunity to perform in lots of EXCITING projects each year, including musicals, plays and films.
Our staff are all professional performers currently working in the industry and are passionate about every student's personal journey, helping them to become the best performer they can be and reach their potential. We help and encourage students to push themselves out of their comfort zone, in order to discover and develop their own unique talents and can also advise them on progression routes into the industry, if this is something they wish to pursue as a career.
We would love to welcome you to PQA Dartford for a FREE Taster Session. Please email or call us for a chat and we will arrange for you to visit our Academy. Alternatively you can register your interest online by requesting our information pack - Find out more
We hope to see you soon at PQA Dartford!
Comedy & Drama Classes
Our comedy and drama lessons provide our students with the knowledge of theatrical forms and techniques including: Improvisation and devised theatre to mime, mask, script work and vocal techniques in projection and diction.
Musical Theatre Classes
Musical Theatre classes combine singing, dance and acting. We teach our students a range of vocal and dance techniques giving them the ability to pass from dialogue to song and dance seamlessly within a performance.
Film & Television Classes
PQA is the largest provider of Film and Television education in the UK for under 18s. Our students will discover and develop talents in areas such as script writing, directing and acting for camera.
And so much more!
Specialist Masterclasses, Quirky Kidz Agency, West End Theatre Shows, Trinity College Exams, Film Festivals, Creative Stages Reports, Local Cinema Screenings, Showcases & PQATV
Despite performing from the age of 5, Debra was put off acting as a job by the Careers Officer at school, who told her to 'get a proper job'. After working as a secretary/PA for many years, Debra finally decided to do what she had always wanted to do – be an actress. She successfully won The Stage Scholarship to attend The Academy Drama School, a full-time evening school, from 2004-2006, and since then has never looked back.
Debra has worked as a professional actress in every area of the industry. TV credits include Coronation Street, Call The Midwife, The Five, Eastenders, Doctors, Phoneshop, Fast Freddie The Widow and Me, and, of course, Birds of a Feather! Film work includes the feature films London Road, Junkhearts, Nightbus, and Angel. Theatre work includes Radiant Vermin (Tobacco Factory, Soho Theatre, 59E59 Theater New York), Home Theatre (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Saxon Court (Southwark Playhouse), A Local Boy (The Pleasance), Someone to Blame (Kings Head Theatre), Vincent River (Old Red Lion), Elephant 21 (Royal Court Theatre Local), Mercury Fur (theatre delicatessen), and rehearsed readings of new work at The Arcola, The Bush, Soho Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Theatre 503, RADA, High Tide, The Hope Theatre and The Albany. Radio - In 2015 Debra joined the BBC Radio Drama Company working on various Radio 4 plays including the series Home Front. She also provided voices for many other BBC programmes including Saturday Review, Witness and Book at Bedtime.
As well as acting, Debra has recently started writing and has written several short plays and is currently working on a year long monologue project, which she writes, casts, schedules, directs and sometimes even films!
Debra is thrilled to be Principal of Dartford, and excited to be working with a fantastic team and all the talented students.
"They say you should become the person you needed as a child. My mission is to encourage, inspire, support and help others to achieve their goals. At PQA Dartford I want to help the young people strive and reach their own goals and dreams, whatever they may be."
A graduate from Italia Conti, Charis takes her role as Musical Theatre teacher with passion, enthusiasm and delivery to the highest standard!
Her recent credits include: Puck in The Complete Work's TIE tour of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Dancer/Actor for Channel 4s The Midnight Beast series 2. Dancer on ITV's Stepping Out. Tap dancer on BBC's The One Show. Singer on the DLR for Royal Brunei Airlines. Featured Dancer/Singer in Italia Conti's 'Subject To Change' and 'The Significance Of Seven'.
Charis is thrilled to be part of the PQA Dartford Teaching Team!
Comedy & Drama
Luke is thrilled to be given the opportunity to teach Comedy & Drama at PQA Dartford. He is part of D&B Performing Arts and has lots of experience on both TV and stage.
Luke made his west end debut at the age of 14 playing Charley Bates in Oliver! (Theatre Royal Drury Lane). Since then he has gained more experience of TV by constantly filming advertisements such as Barnardo's, O2, Auto trader and McDonald's. He was also given the role of Trevor Cox in BBC 2s Cradle to Grave.
Luke is excited to be working with such an amazing team and will work hard to guarantee that the students will feel motivated, inspired and challenged while having am incredible amount of fun.
Film & Television
Darren trained at Rose Bruford College and has written for film, television, radio and theatre.
Companies he has worked for include the BBC, National Youth Theatre, The Royal Albert Hall, Greenwich and Lewisham Young People's Theatre, The London Bubble and the Half Moon. He has written and directed five short films, is a current writer on Doctors and EastEnders for BBC1 and was a writer on the BBC Asian Network radio soap Silver Street.
In 2010 he visited India with Sci-Fi London to run writing workshops in colleges in Mumbai and Ahmadabad on writing Science-Fiction films. Darren currently teaches Film and TV at Rose Bruford College, screenwriting at the BFI and is a visiting lecturer on the MA writing course at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
He had two long form short films out in 2015 (9 Months and Deep Breaths, directed by Gareth Fient) and his own short film Sealed with a Kiss, with music by Sam Hall, has been nominated for Best Short Film at the Philadelphia Independent Film Awards. His Sci-Fi short How to be Human premiered at Sci-Fi London and BFI and has been selected for Encounters and Raindance Film Festivals, as well as winning an award for excellence from the One Reeler Short Film Competition.
He is currently developing three Sci-Fi features, the first of which (The Glasshouse) he will be directing later this year.
Mia first performed on stage at the age of 6 and has been in several plays at theatres including Greenwich Theatre, The Andrew Sketchley and Barbican Box. She has also acted in seven short films and a Sainsbury's Christmas advert.
She currently plays drums as part of Drum Works, an initiative set up in collaboration with the Barbican where they are now Artistic Associates. They also run drumming workshops where Mia is developing her music leadership skills.
Mia has previously worked at PQA Bow, and has also worked at Riverside Montessori and assisted with summer school programmes at another performing arts school.
It is this experience with little ones that makes her our perfect choice for Poppets Assistant.
Biography coming soon.
A graduate from East 15 Acting School, Blake has been developing his passion for directing and creating his own unique style of theatre from working on various projects in both London and in the South East. He has a love for working with younger artists and is determined he can get the best out of them.
Blake spends his free time writing new and exciting plays which he hopes to produce within the near future. His first acting credit came in the short film Little Dorrit filmed at Pinewood Studios.
Blake is eager and excited about getting stuck in and offering his skills and assistance to the staff and the students of PQA Dartford!
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|Poppets||10.00 - 11.30|
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