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Hello and welcome to PQA Dulwich. We are based at the stunning Elmgreen School with its exceptional facilities, including a dance studio, black box drama studio and numerous amazing spaces for filming.

As Principal at PQA Dulwich, I am passionate about delivering a first class performing arts training to my students. The excellent PQA Dulwich team of teachers, all experts in their field, are dedicated to inspiring, motivating and enthusing young performers of all ages and ability. Every young person will be made to feel like they are an important part of the academy, whether they want to gain confidence whilst having fun or venture further into the world of performing arts.

In addition to our exciting weekly classes of Comedy & Drama, Musical Theatre and Film & TV we have some fantastic future projects planned for PQA Dulwich. We will be holding masterclasses in street dance, stage combat, casualty makeup and magic (amongst others). Students will also get the opportunity to join our professional agency "Quirky Kidz", walk down the red carpet for the screening of their very own film and take FREE Trinity Group exams.

We would love to show you what we do, so please call Mel on 07746 400823 to arrange a free taster session.

Melanie Crouch
Principal
melanie@pqacademy.com

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Meet the Team

Principal

Melanie Crouch

Principal - Melanie Crouch

Hello, I'm Mel and I'm thrilled to be the Principal of PQA Dulwich.

Following my training at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama I have been dedicated to teaching singing to young performers. I am passionate about communicating my love of the performing arts to all ages and abilities. It is so inspiring to watch students grow in confidence and blossom whilst they have fun learning new skills.

I began my teaching career as Head of Music at a school in Ascot where I enjoyed bringing the performing arts department to life. I was the Director and Musical Director for the school's first ever production. The enthusiasm and excitement it created within the school was infectious and consequently led to further productions such as Oliver, The Jungle Book and H.M.S. Pinafore.

I then moved to London where I have been fortunate to work as a Musical Director and Singing Teacher in some of the leading performing arts colleges. I have been the musical director for productions of Blood Brothers, Our House, Rent, Avenue Q, The Wild Party and Grease amongst others and have thrived on nurturing the skills of students hoping for a career in the industry. I am also a vocal coach for professionals auditioning for the West End.

At PQA Dulwich there is a wonderful creative team of enthusiastic, caring and fun-loving teachers who inspire and motivate all pupils every week. Whether you are looking to build confidence, make new friends or take steps towards a career in the performing arts, PQA is a fantastic platform to develop young performers' aspirations.

Hattie

Musical Theatre

Hattie - Musical Theatre

I am a graduate from Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, and have been a professional in the industry for a year and a half. Prior to joining PQA and working my way up to the Musical Theatre Teacher, I have worked as a teacher and an assistant teacher at a performing arts academy in Grantham, Lincolnshire.

My latest credits include: Lead Actress and Dancer for pop artist Polly Money's latest music videos and 'Kathy' in a stage production of 'Santa Claus and the night before Christmas'.

I am so honoured to be a part of PQA and love helping the students to grow and develop their talents in the arts.

Lucy

Comedy & Drama

Lucy - Comedy & Drama

Lucy originally trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where she studied Musical Theatre. She then went on to obtain a degree in Drama and Physical Theatre at St Mary's University.

Lucy has extensive teaching experience, and spent three years working for Shed@ThePark Theatre, teaching Performing Arts to children with disabilities. Lucy also worked for The Wycombe Swan Theatre as their Assistant Director on their youth productions, working on shows such as Little Shop of Horrors, West Side Story and Beauty and the Beast. Lucy also worked as the Assistant Director of '1000 Suns' and performed in the show as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Lucy is also a writer and writes for London Theatre Direct and Musical Theatre Review.

For the past few years she has been working for Quirky Kidz Creative Management, at the PQA Head Offices as part of the Agency team, working with casting teams and production companies worldwide and PQA students from all across the UK. She still works closely with the QK team, and is very excited to be working with PQA Dulwich.

Brayd

Film & Television

Brayd - Film & Television

I am currently in my third year of the B.A. Acting Course at Italia Conti Academy. I have recently appeared at Avondale Theatre in "The History Boys" and the edit of our film project will soon be available.

My passion for Film & Television began as a teenager when I landed a role in "Mr Selfridge".

Having worked at PQA Dulwich for the past two and a half years, I am delighted I now have the opportunity to share my experience with the students. Working with such talented children and professionals on a weekly basis, I share their passion and energy every Saturday. I look forward to creating some wonderful short films to showcase their work.

Hannah

Poppets

Hannah - Poppets

Hannah is in her final year on the BA (Hons) Acting course at The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. She has recently performed in the Edinburgh Fringe (2017) playing 'Shen Teh' in the Italia Conti Ensemble's 'The Good Person of Sichuan'.

Growing up on the Isle of Man Hannah has been teaching and assisting in small theatre groups for a number of years, running her own workshops for children when she returns home for the holidays.

Hannah is thrilled to be joining the PQA team and can't wait to use her experience and passion for theatre to help children grow in confidence, creativity and skill.

Nancy

Poppets Assistant

Nancy - Poppets Assistant

Biography coming soon.

Eloise

Musical Theatre Assistant

Eloise - Musical Theatre Assistant

Eloise is currently at D&B school of performing arts studying Musical theatre and she has previously attended a Andrew Lloyd Webber pathway program.

She has been an extra in many feature films and an E4 series. She has also performed on London stages and done professional recording.

I love working with all the talent at PQA and seeing the kids grow as performers !

Laurence

Film & Television Assistant

Laurence - Film & Television Assistant

My Name is Laurence and I'm currently in my 3rd year at Italia Conti, Studying a BA Hons in Acting. I recently performed in the Lamarie Project at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and received a Broadway Baby Bobby Award. I have had experience teaching Drama for SPATS school in Sutton and for NCS. I am incredibly passionate about teaching drama and look forward to furthering my own career as an actor next year.

I am delighted to now be assisting at PQA and look forward to seeing the students develop and improve their skills in the Arts.

Maura

Comedy & Drama Assistant

Maura - Comedy & Drama Assistant

Biography coming soon.

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