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PQA Earlsfield is a dedicated performing arts school with classes for children and young adults in Musical Theatre, Comedy & Drama and Film & Television. With industry professionals on hand to deliver the best quality training, our Earlsfield Academy operates from Burntwood School every Saturday from 9.45am-1pm. We welcome students aged 4-18 years from within the Wandsworth, Putney, Tooting Wimbledon, Battersea, Merton, Mitcham, Clapham, Fulham, Chelsea and Kensington areas (to name a few!)

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Note from Principal:

Here at PQA Earlsfield, we are excited about the projects we have coming up next term! We will be working on our Roald Dahl project in Comedy & Drama and Musical Theatre; working towards a large end of term show at Christmas! In Film & Television, students will be exploring the filmmaking process, working together to create and shoot some exciting short films! Our Poppets will be exploring some amazing themed sessions, working towards their Christmas show 'Rudolph's Nose,' while developing skills in the Performing Arts!

We offer an array of diverse and challenging modules designed to engage and excite our students. We are passionate about building confidence and developing children's skills in the performing arts, while striving to allow each individual to reach their potential! Our staff are fully trained and actively working in the industry. With their commitment and experience, we ensure that every student is given the opportunity to be themselves and be amazing!

We offer free taster sessions for potential students wanting to trial the Academy - please email or call us to arrange your visit.

We look forward to welcoming you to PQA Earlsfield!

Carly Bond
Principal
Carly.Bond@pqacademy.com
 
07421 023706

Meet the Team

Carly

Principal

Carly - Principal

I grew up in Bristol and started my Musical Theatre training at a young age. I absolutely loved the buzz of getting up on a Saturday morning and attending my local Performing Arts school. I was always asking my Mum for a lift to a rehearsals for something or other!

At eighteen, I went on to University to study Drama and began directing young people in a variety of Musicals and performances throughout my time there. I discovered my love for teaching and worked with a wide range of students and young people throughout my 4 years in Oxford.

Upon graduating, I worked in the commercial theatre world and gained extensive business experience in the London theatre industry. I enjoyed the thrill of the commercial world, but I missed the feeling of creating theatre, together with teaching and coaching young people. I decided to wave goodbye to the Big Smoke and return to Oxford to study for my PGCE, training in Performing Arts Post-Compulsory Education.

I worked as a Performing Arts teacher for a few years before discovering the amazing PQA. I was shocked when I realised I could combine my love of the arts and teaching together with running my own business to create something really magical. Hey presto, PQA Earlsfield was born!

I am so excited to be Principal of PQA Earlsfield and I look forward to welcoming you to our academy. With a strong and dedicated team behind me, I am determined to make PQA Earlsfield a thriving academy, providing the best possible training for our students!

 

Alastair

Musical Theatre

Alastair - Musical Theatre

Coming from a family of professional Classical musicians, Alastair started performing from the age of 6. Alongside regular lessons in Tap, Ballet, Modern Jazz, Contemporary and Street dancing, he also taught himself piano from infancy, developing a keen musical ear.

This led Alastair to start professional training with Ipswich's DancEast aged 14, he went on to Arts Educational School's London to train in Musical Theatre and Music, and graduated from the BA(Hons) musical theatre course at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in 2015.

Alastair has spent the last three years performing in international productions in such as 'Baloo' in The Jungle Book and 'Benvolio' in Romeo and Juliet with Shakespeare for Kids, touring across The United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman. Alastair also recently returned from a contract as a lead production singer with Belinda King Creative Productions and Holland America Line.

To accompany his passion for performing, Alastair also writes and composes his own music, and regularly sings in venues across London. He has taught Singing and Musical Theatre in performing arts schools since 2011, and is thrilled to be a part of the PQA team.

Caitlin

Comedy & Drama

Caitlin - Comedy & Drama

Caitlin trained at the Guildford School of Acting and since graduating in 2014 has been pursuing a career as a writer-performer.

She formed new theatre company, Average Pig, in 2017 and their first production Tomboy is currently in development. Tomboy was written whilst Caitlin was part of the Soho Theatre's Young Company and was recently longlisted for the 2017 Verity Bargate Award and Finborough Theatre Introduce Yourself Initiative. Caitlin has also written for Theatre 503, Junk Box Theatre and MissyMya Productions and as an actress has performed at the Arts Theatre West End, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and for the Wagon TV.

Caitlin is delighted to be joining PQA Earlsfield as their resident Drama and Comedy teacher. Caitlin has taught a wide range of children and young adults since graduating as an actor, most recently delivering drama and storytelling workshops as part of an outreach programme for the University of Surrey. Being engaged in the arts was instrumental to Caitlin's childhood and her decision to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. She is therefore extremely passionate about working with PQA and inspiring its students to do the same.

Olivia

Film & Television

Olivia - Film & Television

Since the age of 13 Olivia has been working in the Video industry, which lead her to study Media at school. She graduated from Ravensbourne with a degree in Digital Film production. Olivia is also one of three who won the Bill Vinten GTC University Award for Ravensbourne last year for her work on Amemoi. Her ambition is to create films with real meaning that have the power to change opinion and highlight important issues that she strongly believes need our attention.

Now pursuing a career in wildlife and underwater camerawork, she has started a project entitled Project Zoo, which aims to question animal captivity. She has also worked on projects for Trees for Life, RefugeGco, as well as a wide range of fashion and music videos. Olivia is excited to start at PQA and hopes she can inspire young people to look towards a career as a filmmaker!

Kimberley

Poppets

Kimberley - Poppets

Kimberley is a recent graduate from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with a First Class Honours Degree in Musical Theatre. Whilst training her credits included: Ruth in Pirates of Penzance, Fosca in Passion and Rita in Made in Dagenham.

As well as performing, Kimberley has always had a passion for teaching others and is very excited to be joining the team at PQA Earlsfield teaching the wonderful Poppets!

Sarah

Green Group Assistant

Sarah - Green Group Assistant

Sarah is currently in her third year of Musical Theatre training at Performance Preparation Academy (PPA), Guildford. Prior to this, she gained a degree in English Literature and Theatre Studies from The University of Leeds.

Sarah recently appeared as Cinderella in Carousel Theatre's Christmas pantomime tour of Cinderella. Other credits include; Clopin in workshop of new musical Notre Dame, Violet in 9 to 5: The Musical, Dames At Sea, Vernon God Little, and The Producers.

Sarah has been acting, singing, and dancing from a young age, and attended a Saturday school just like PQA as a child, which she feels encouraged her passion and confidence. She believes that an encouraging environment is vital for a child's development and growth and is passionate about creating a fun and exciting atmosphere.

Fleur

Poppets Assistant

Fleur - Poppets Assistant

Fleur has a BA in Interior Architecture from Oxford Brookes University and has always loved working with young children. She has nannied for many years throughout her time at university in both Oxford and Somerset. Her love of musical theatre and her main passion of dance has been with her since a very young age. She was a member of her dance school for fifteen years focusing on ballet, tap, modern and jazz, all of which she gained high distinctions for in her many examinations. During school she studied drama and performed in multiple shows every year, her fondest memories are of playing Lena in 'Bugsy Malone,' choreographing 'The Wiz' and helping produce 'Les Miserables.'

At university she was a key member in the musical theatre society The Fortune Players, where she performed in numerous shows including Rent, Spring Awakening and Rock Of Ages. Fleur loves all things "arts" and is very excited to be working with PQA Earlsfield's youngest members to help encourage them to express themselves through singing, dancing and acting!

Heather

Film & Television Assistant

Heather - Film & Television Assistant

Heather is a Musical Theatre graduate with BA (Hons) from the University of Chichester. Heather is Currently training with Middleweek Newton in TV & Film Acting. Prior to training in Musical Theatre she worked with a variety of disabled children, helping them express themselves through dance. Heather also has experience as a dance and drama coach at Barracudas Activity Camp.

Professional credits include: Princess Jasmine in Hurricane Productions Pantomime. Credits whilst training include: Merrily We Roll Along, The Secret Garden, The Life, and an immersive production called Aurarky. Heather has also worked as a Stage Manager at Chichester Festival and the Minerva Theatre. Heather is looking forward to working with the students at PQA to bring her knowledge of TV & Film acting to life!

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