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WELCOME TO PQA FINCHLEY 

Find us at Christ's College Finchley, East End Road,
London, N2 0SE

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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-Lloyd
Managing Principal
finchley@pqacademy.com

Meet the Team

Imogen

Managing Principal

Imogen - Managing Principal

Imogen has a wealth of knowledge within the Performing Arts industry, training at the Walsall Academy of Dance and Laine Theatre Arts.

Theatre credits include: Tiger Lily in 'Peter Pan' (Birmingham Hippodrome) Ensemble/ 2nd Cover Frau Blucher in Young Frankenstein (Garrick Theatre), Ensemble, Understudy Lisa & Vivian in 'Dirty Dancing' (West End and European Tour), Ensemble, Understudy Lina Lamont in 'Singin in the Rain' (Theatre du Chatelet, Paris), Constance. Understudy Regina & Justice in 'Rock of Ages' (UK Tour), Ensemble, Understudy Catwoman in 'Batman Live' (World Arena Tour), Aladdin in 'Aladdin' (Chatham/Chris Jordan Productions), Prince Charming in 'Cinderella' (Gordon Craig Theatre).

Other credits include; TV commercials for Aero, M&S and The Co Op; Corporate events for Private Drama, Musion and Elegant Entertainment and leading roles in various short films including 'There is a Light', '6 seconds to Die' and 'Drift'.

Imogen is very excited to be working with the Pauline Quirke Academy, and looking forward to seeing what our students achieve! 

Dan

Comedy & Drama

Dan - 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).

Danny

Musical Theatre

Danny - Musical Theatre

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.

 

Johnny

Film & Television

Johnny - Film & Television

After making a number of ambitious shorts, Johnny directed, co-wrote and co-produced his debut feature,
THE DISAPPEARED, a psychological thriller set on a London council estate, starring Tom Felton who played Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter series and Greg
Wise (Sense and Sensibility).

The Disappeared was released theatrically in the UK, attracting awards and critical acclaim: 'Johnny has mobilised a top-notch cast and his story delivers more than a few shivers' (The Guardian); 'Johnny ratchets up the tension and successfully out creeps M. Night Shyamalan' (Evening Standard).

A major independent distributor in the USA released The Disappeared with great success. The Disappeared has also been released in several countries around the world. The Disappeared has also screened several times on Film4 in the UK.

Johnny is on the short list of 'go-to' British horror/Thriller directors, and is developing several projects with major companies in the UK and US.
In addition Johnny has also won awards for his advertising work, his recent being for Beefeater Gin.

His second feature AWAIT FURTHER
INSTRUCTIONS, a Sci-Fi Thriller has recently completed principal photography and stars David Bradley (Harry Potter series, The Strain, Game of Thrones). The film is currently in post-production and due for completion early 2017.

Johnny previously taught Film & TV for the PM
Academy at PQA Hemel Hempstead for over a year, and is now thrilled to be back teaching part time again at PQA!

Winnie

Poppets

Winnie - Poppets

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."

Natasha

Teaching Assistant

Natasha - Teaching Assistant

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

Teaching Assistant

Hannah - Teaching Assistant

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 playing 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

Olivia

Teaching Assistant

Olivia - Teaching Assistant

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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
London
N2 0SE

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