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PQA DURHAM PROVIDES OUTSTANDING PERFORMING ARTS PROVISION FOR 4-18 YR OLDS

PQA Durham operates on Saturday mornings from Belmont Community School.

The excellent modern facilities at our Academy include a large drama and dance studio. We have rehearsal rooms, a large Film & TV room and a special room for our Poppets class.

Our teaching staff are all dedicated teaching professionals with extensive professional experience in the fields of theatre and TV & Film. The team are dedicated to providing first class, action packed sessions that are lots of fun. We deliver Musical Theatre, Comedy & Drama, Film & Television and Poppets for the younger children.

"As principal of PQA Durham, it is my aim to make every young person feel relaxed, inspired and confident to develop skills in an unpressurised environment. All students are treated equally with plenty of performance opportunities including our amazing West End Show. It is fantastic to see students leaving the academy at the end of the day enthusiastic and looking forward to the following Saturday."

We would love to show you what we do at PQA Durham, so please call Michael on 07709558623 to arrange a free taster session.

Michael Fenwick
Principal
michael@pqacademy.com

07545830795

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Meet the Team

Michael Fenwick

Principal

Michael Fenwick - Principal

Michael is extremely passionate about the Performing Arts and is thrilled to be the Principal at PQA Durham. He has extensive experience in managing and delivering performing arts education to children and young people.

Michael trained at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (also known as the Paul McCartney School of Music). He has had a varied career working as a freelance Producer, Director, Musician and Teacher in the UK and overseas. Michael began his career working as an Editor in broadcast television on programmes for the BBC, ITV and Sky TV. He later moved into location and studio production working for various production companies including Mersey Television, 21st Century Media, Hurricane Films and Liberty Productions. Michael was nominated for a Royal Television Society Award (RTS) for a documentary he directed in the North-East of England. He has a list of television credits that include 'Hollyoaks' (CH4), 'Grangehill' (BBC), and 'Holiday UK' (Liberty Productions).

Michael has a reputable amount of experience in Performing Arts and Music education. He is a specialist Performing Arts teacher and has taught in various settings including mainstream education and community arts. Michael has taught Music and Performing Arts in Primary and Secondary Schools within County Durham and at various international schools. His most recent position was Head of Creative Arts Faculty at the British International School in Istanbul.

Michael has a passion for Musical Theatre and has worked as Musical Director on many school productions over the years such as 'The Lion King' and 'Grease'. He is also a Musician and Composer, and has set up many successful choirs with children and adults.

"Every Saturday it is my aim to encourage all students at PQA to develop excellent performance skills through active participation, workshops and performances in an unpressurised environment. PQA Durham really is a fabulous place for children and young people to learn new Performing Arts skills in a fun, caring and supportive atmosphere".

Michelle Fenwick

Vice Principal / Poppets

Michelle Fenwick - Vice Principal / Poppets

Michelle has worked in various roles within the Performing Arts as a creative designer, supervisor and performance manager. She has experience of planning and coordinating live Theatre Production and Children's Theatre working with actors and practitioners within the Performing Arts.

Michelle's theatre work has included productions for Fame Factory Spotlight and Blackpool's North Pier summer season variety show featuring Children's TV presenter Dave Benson Phillips. She has also worked on children's educational campaigns for corporate companies including 'Dwaine Pipe' for Northumbrian Water. Michelle has a passion for design and enjoys designing costumes/props for PQA and stage productions across the UK.

She has experience of working with children and young people in primary schools and through her work at PQA. Michelle works closely with Principal Michael in all areas of the academy management including working on PQA showcases and film events.

Michelle has a specific role as Vice Principal at both PQA Newcastle and Durham and is well liked by staff and parents at both academies. Michelle thoroughly enjoys working at PQA and looks forward to a very exciting year ahead!

Grace

Academy Coordinator

Grace - Academy Coordinator

Grace has recently graduated with a PGCE from Newcastle College (affiliated by Teesside University) where she specialised in teaching drama. Grace decided to study for her PGCE after graduating with a First Class Degree in Acting, again from Newcastle College. Throughout her degree Grace researched into specific areas of the industry, including applied theatre, community arts, children's TV, physical theatre and classical acting.

Grace has experience in devised drama including teaching and overseeing devised work being developed. Grace has performed in a variety of areas including films, Classical Pieces such as 'Trinculo' in Shakespeare's' Midsummer Night's Dream and more naturalistic shows such as a collection of Harold Pinter Plays. She has also performed in a variety of venues such as the Theatre Royal in Newcastle and the Tyne Theatre Tours.

Outside of training Grace has experience as an professional background artiste, where she has appeared on the BBC drama 'Vera' and taken part in Mardi Gras Performance of 'Stars In You Eyes' a showcase at Her Majesty's Theatre in London. From a very young age Grace's main focus has been on performance, attending dance and drama clubs from being very small, she believes that it helped her to develop her passion for performing, her passion for community arts and also her dedication to help develop the talents she sees within others.

Beth

Musical Theatre

Beth - Musical Theatre

Beth trained as a dancer from a young age and spent her Summers with The National Youth Music Theatre where she performed alongside singing sensation 'Jessie J'. She then went on to graduate from Liverpool Theatre School with a Distinction after studying three years of Musical Theatre.

Beth has performed in numerous professional pantomimes and as a dancer for Comedian Ken Dodd on his 'Happiness Tour'. Beth then went on to work for Holland America Cruise Line, travelling the world as lead Female Production Singer.

With a huge passion for the performing arts, Beth also enjoys teaching performance skills in dance, singing and drama to children aged 3 years to adults. She teaches all disciplines including Musical Theatre, Ballet, Tap and Street Dance/Hip Hop. As a qualified singing teacher, she enables students to reach their full potential whilst using correct techniques to protect the voice.

Beth is very excited to be a part of PQA and to pass on her love and passion for Musical Theatre.

Leon

Teaching Assistant

Leon - Teaching Assistant

Biography coming soon.

Sam

Film & Television

Sam - Film & Television

Sam is an aspiring film maker who's just graduated from university studying Film TV and Media.

Already endeavouring to create his own unique voice, with a strong emphasis on 'STORY'. Sam has made several short films with great success as well as various adverts for his clients with his budding business Underdog TV Film and Media.
'Companion' a short film about loss and the importance of friendship and companionship whilst facing loss was his first project. It was selected to be shown at the very first Newcastle Film Festival 2018 and Sunderland shorts film festival, receiving some very good feedback.

Sam has a passion for film making and spends most of his time studying other directors, producers and film makers to help him understand all aspects of film making styles and techniques, as well as developing his own. Sam is passionate about Film and TV and looks forward to being part of the PQA Durham team.

 

Ian

Cover Teacher

Ian - Cover Teacher

Coming soon.

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Saturdays 09.45 - 13.00
Poppets 09.45 - 11.30

Belmont Community School
Buckinghamshire Road
Belmont
Durham
DH1 2QP

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