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At PQA Dartford we are lucky enough to hold our Academy at Longfield Academy, which boasts fantastic facilities. We have a specialist drama studio, a musical theatre auditorium, a bright and modern dance studio, a media suite for Film & TV, along with spacious and open classrooms perfect for our Poppets!

We have a dedicated and professional set of teachers and team members, all of which have been carefully considered for the Academy. Every staff member is a Performing Arts professional in their own right, working in the industry, and therefore giving our PQA students current and relevant skills to set them up for their performance journey.

Our priority is ensuring that all groups have a great time on a Saturday morning and leave looking forward to the following weekend!

We look forward to welcoming our current and new students to PQA Dartford every Saturday! If you fancy giving PQA a go, then why not book your FREE taster session?

Any questions then please feel free to contact Vicki by phoning 07468 697994 or emailing creative@pqacademy.com.

Meet the Team

Debra

Principal

Debra - Principal

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 starting as Principal of Dartford, and excited to be working with the great team there and getting to know 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."

Vicki

Vice Principal & Poppets

Vicki - Vice Principal & Poppets

After training for three years in drama at City Lit, Vicki Sargent wrote, directed and starred in her own one-woman play, Bric-a-Brac, for the Lewisham Fringe Festival. This led to her being cast in a number of plays such as A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Canal Cafe Theatre for last year's Camden Fringe, Lysistrata and A Woman of No Importance. She is currently previewing her new sketch show, which she co-wrote, in and around London before taking it to this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Vicki has experience teaching kids drama in fun holiday workshops and she can't wait to share her passion and enthusiasm for the performing arts with the PQA.

Alex

Deputy Vice Principal

Alex - Deputy Vice Principal

Bio to appear soon.

Charis

Musical Theatre

Charis - Musical Theatre

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!

Luke

Comedy & Drama

Luke - 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.

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

Longfield Academy
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