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PQA provides excellent Performing Arts training every Saturday in a friendly, supportive environment suitable for all those with a desire to experience new and exciting challenges!
Our dedicated team of industry professionals and experienced teachers provide interesting, stimulating and challenging sessions, in order to encourage each individual to find their passion for performing arts either on stage, backstage, in front or behind the camera.
The Academy is split into age appropriate groups allowing everyone to work and develop at a suitable pace for them. Each week we have sessions in three distinct modules unique to the PQA, incorporating Comedy & Drama, Musical Theatre and Film & Television.
We strive to not only develop the skills to perform but to use the unique qualities within the performing arts to increase an individual's self-confidence and self-belief to enable them to become and do whatever they desire.
We truly believe that through the performing arts a world of opportunities can open up to anyone willing to give it a go. We would love to welcome you to the Academy to take the first exciting steps on a journey into your future with us!
Alistair has a Masters degree in Creative Practice in Musical Theatre for directing from Arts Educational Schools London.
He is no stranger to theatre as he has been performing in shows since the age of six, so has a vast understanding of the benefits for all of joining an academy like Pauline Quirke.
In 1991 he took to the stage as part of the ensemble in his local youth theatre's production of Annie. Since then he has appeared in over 30 productions. Alistair started his professional work at 15 after been spotted by the National Youth and Music Theatre and has appeared in the West End on four occasions, after taking a break for studies, Alistair turned his attentions away from musical theatre and concentrated on singing and could be found singing the blues in a jazz club in London. He has also worked for EMI records recording backing vocals on future tracks.
Alistair has also embraced the technical side of theatre, having worked for some large touring companies such a UK Productions and Qudos as an Assistant Stage Manager; he feels he is able to appreciate the art of performance more having worked on both sides, as a performer and technician. Alistair returned to Musical Theatre in 2006 starring as Horton as a guest performer in Suessical the Musical with a youth theatre company, he soon became their stage manager working with them on their 18 month tour of High School Musical. He has also stage managed Boogie Nights, The King and I, between appearing in Peter Pan - Richmond Theatre, Smokey Joes Cafe - Hampton Hill Playhouse and Epsom Playhouse, Listen to my Heart - Questors Studio, Thoroughly Modern Millie - Questors Studio, Rent - The Beck Theatre Hayes and The Wiz - Milton Keynes. In 2011 saw Alistair take on his first directorial role assisting on a production of Our House at the Beck Theatre Hayes, since then he has gone onto co-direct five large scale productions at the Theatre Royal Windsor. Alistair has also worked as a workshop leader for Encore Tickets delivering drama workshops for some of London's West End shows.
Managing Principal - Alistair-Lloyd
Comedy & Drama
Dan's Theatre credits include; Stephano in The Tempest and Fabien and Sea Captain in Twelfth Night (Both Minack Theatre Cornwall), Cast Member in Newsrevue (Canal Cafe), Macduff in Macbeth (Gatehouse and Baron's Court Theatres), Leonard Cummings in Neil Simons' Rumours (UK Premier), Sketch Performer in Comedy News Hour and Improvisor (and winner) in Improv Comedy Smackdown (both Leicester Square Theatre), Gog in Bob and Gog (Arcola Theatre), Gratiano in The Merchant of Venice and Helicanus in Pericles (Both Rose Theatre) and George Lusk in the Off West End Nominated Show Jack the Rippers London.
His TV credits include; Hugh in Anonymous (ITV1)The title role in a prime time documentary (Channel 5) as well as featured roles in Odd One In (ITV1), All About the Mackenzies (London Live) and Saints and Scroungers (BBC1).
His film credits include; Dale in Speed Date the Movie (Winner of 2 awards, LA Action on Film awards), Pedro in London Express and drug dealer in Consequences.
Dan's directing credits include; Great Expectations (Royal Victoria Hall and Thorndike Arts Centre), Do You Believe in Love? (Best Director Winner - Theatre Madness Festival 2012), But I don't Like Girls (Workhouse Theatre, Kings Cross), Lucky Strike (Canal Cafe) and Mugged (RADA Studios).
A recent graduate and professional musical theatre performer from Mountview Theatre Arts Academy Danny has been working with children and young people in performing arts schools to develop his Musical Theatre skills for the past two years.
Film & TV
Francesco is a graduate of the London Film School and has a Producer's Certificate from the Raindance Institute. As part of his training as a Film-maker he spent 3 years in Los Angeles studying at UCLA Film School, USC School of Cinematic Arts and achieved an A.A. Acting Audition Merit Scholarship award from The Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Francesco has been a successful Film Festival Award winner across the globe - New York, Glasgow, Italy and London. Credits include Best Short, Best Screenwriter and Audience Award for his short films, "The Bicycle" and "Italian Miracle".
Winnie was brought up in London but studied Media and English at University in Bristol. She has always had a passion for performing arts and is in the process of auditioning for drama schools!
Earlier on this year she had a recall for the drama programme at Juilliard School in New York! As well as acting Winnie is also a social media manager and worked as a theatre critic, video editor and interviewer for LIVE magazine which works in collaboration with the Guardian.
She has also worked with The National Youth Theatre- site specific production called Swarm, Talawa Theatre Company- #I am England and with a project at the Roundhouse- A Little Bit of Me Dies. This was a succession of monologues and a collection on installations performed during the performing arts venue's Spoken Word festival.
"Teaching kids and watching them learn, develop and more importantly have fun within the performing arts community is something I am very committed too and I am grateful and excited to be teaching the Poppets classes at PQA."
Film & TV Assistant
Ade achieved his BA in Digital Television Production at Ravensbourne, in London.
After graduating he completed a Foundation in Practical Filmmaking at MET Filmmaking School in 2016.
At the start of a promising career in screen production, he has been working as a freelance runner, vision mixer and cable basher on a range of professional film-making projects.
Natasha graduated from college with a focus on theatre, dance and music in Denmark. She's been in various performances since moving to London in 2016.
Natasha is currently studying theatre online with focus on auditions and casting.
Hannah trained at Tring Park School For The Performing Arts for five years, before attending London Studio Centre where she is currently studying a BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre.
Hannah performed in QDOS pantomimes as a Juvenile, which lead to her play the role of Young Snow White in Snow White. Additionally, she has performed in many Musicals throughout her time in training including; Peter Pan (Twin 1) , Godspell (Hegel) , The Wedding Singer (Imelda Marcos) , Legally Blonde (Chutney Wyndom) Grease (Main Dancer) , Guys and Dolls (Hotbox Girl), Half a Sixpence (Kate). Her latest roles include Mabel Washington in FAME and Skylar in Bring it On at The Beck Theatre.
Hannah also performed in the Opening of the new Aylesbury Waterside theatre in a production named "Westend to Waterside" as Louise Vontrapp in the Sound of Music. Hannah is looking forward to joining the PQA Finchley team!
|Saturdays||09.45 - 13.00 & 14.15 - 17.30|
|Poppets||10.00 - 11.30 & 14.30 - 16.00|
Christ’s College Finchley
East End Road
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