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PQA Harrogate operates every Saturday from 9.45am-1pm & 1.45-5pm, where we welcome students aged 4 to 18 years. Each week students have sessions in Comedy & Drama, Musical Theatre and Film & Television, led by our FANTASTIC team of teachers!

We are always working on EXCITING projects which feature our students performing in a variety of different roles, in musicals, plays and films. We are passionate about every student's personal journey with us, and the whole team work hard to ensure every single student is given the opportunity to become the best performer they can be, and reach their potential creatively. Every student has something unique to offer, and it's our job to encourage this and develop it!

We would love to show you what we do here at PQA Harrogate! If you're interested in a FREE Taster Session, please call us for a chat and we'll arrange for you to visit the Academy. Alternatively, you can request a brochure or enrol online now.
We look forward to welcoming you to PQA Harrogate!

Kellie Taylor
Principal
Kellie.Taylor@pqacademy.com
07873 452810

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Hear what our parents say:

Nicole absolutely loves PQA and gets very excited on a Friday evening. She has been to other drama schools but the friendly, pastoral, fun atmosphere at PQA makes it shine out from the rest. Thank you Kellie and your wonderful team for making it unique in such a special way!
- Gill E

My Son absolutely loves attending PQA! He always has so much fun, and I can already see his confidence growing. He's made some great friends, and can't wait to return. All the team are patient and great with the kids too!
- Katie E

Well done to Kellie and the full team for their performance of Lazy Ace in the West End! It was FANTASTIC – I couldn't have been prouder of all the students! I cried, I laughed and I thoroughly enjoyed such a professional show! All credit to you and the team for your hard work and determination and thanks again for giving my daughter such an incredible opportunity! You are an inspiration to all our young people!
- Gemma M

Meet the Team

Kellie Taylor

Principal

Kellie Taylor - Principal

Hi, my name is Kellie Taylor and I am delighted to be the Principal of The Pauline Quirke Academy Harrogate. I am also the Principal of PQA Stockport.

I have been involved in the arts from a very young age and when I finished school I continued my studies in the performing arts. For 5 years, I attended The University of Winchester where I achieved a BA Hons in Performing Arts and an MA in Creative and Critical Writing. During my years at University I discovered my passion and desire to work with children. In 2005 I spent my summer in Africa implementing an Educational Drama Initiative in a local school. My time spent working with this school and its students was some of the most rewarding months of my life. I returned home to finish my studies knowing that I wanted to make working with children my future.

As a child, I performed in a production of The Sound of Music, then 13 years later I found myself involved in the same show, only this time my role was as Assistant Director. Other shows I have performed in include: Iolanthe, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Frankenstein, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Stepping Out (performer and assistant director for this production), When the Lights Go on Again, Annie and much more.

In the past years, I have progressed from assistant director to director and my credits include; Summer and Christmas concerts, High Society, Annie, Oliver, Whistle Down the Wind, and most recently PQA Harrogate performed The Lazy Ace at Her Majesty's Theatre in the West End. I have also written and directed my own award winning musical; A Fist Full of Love.

What I admire most about being in the Performing Arts is the confidence it can inspire in a person; I have seen children go from being incredibly shy to holding a leading role on a West End stage. Confidence is something I wish to help the students of PQA achieve and not just for the stage but for them to go out and be a part of this world with their head held high. My time at University taught me not only the skills to perform but also how to create my own theatre, which opens so many more doors to a person who loves the Arts. This is something I wish to inspire in the students of PQA, children have amazing and vast imaginations and PQA, through their unique and tailored modules, offer them the chance to explore this while making new friends and having a lot of fun along the way, an experience that will last your children a lifetime.

Purvi

Vice Principal

Purvi - Vice Principal

Purvi has been involved in Musical Theatre for almost her entire life, and received her BFA with honours in Musical Theatre from Pace University in New York City. Whilst in New York Purvi had the opportunity to work with award winning actors, writers and directors which has given her an incredible and varied insight to the whole world of theatre, and enabled her to continue to develop as an artist. She was also lucky enough to perform in numerous off-Broadway shows and has been involved in the process of developing new works, some of which are now in workshops for full Broadway productions.

Purvi is a massive lover of all the performing arts, having started off in pantos and amateur dramatics from the age of 6, to working as a professional actor now, and loves sharing her passion and knowledge with others. She is extremely excited to be teaching at PQA and to help inspire and develop the next generation of actors!

Douglas

Comedy & Drama

Douglas - Comedy & Drama

Douglas has been involved in theatre arts his whole life; in his teenage years he travelled to America with the National Youth Theatre to perform 'off Broadway' before creating an award winning rewrite of Shakespeare's Hamlet in his home town of Peterborough. He graduated from Leeds University with a BA in Theatre Acting, has studied mask theatre in France with John Rudlin and drama-therapy at Masters Level at Roehampton College.

Douglas has been leading theatre work-shops across Yorkshire for over fifteen years, producing work for Lawrence Batley Theatre, Bradford Playhouse and West Yorkshire Playhouse, where he is currently running a series of talks on making theatre.

Douglas works nationally as a professional illustrator, fine artist and maker of masks, puppets and props. He is passionate about the arts as a force for personal and community transformation and is excited to be inspiring the next generation of actors at PQA.

Aisha

Musical Theatre

Aisha - Musical Theatre

I started singing, dancing and acting at a very young age, performing on various stages in Portugal. After graduating from college I went to Germany to study musical theatre at the stageart Musical School in Hamburg.
Getting my diploma in all three subjects and graduating as best student I was put forward for lead roles in German theatres and also gained some experience being part of a dance company and on TV.
For the past four years I have played lead roles in plays and musicals travelling across Europe.
In my time in the UK I have previously volunteered and been the poppets teacher at PQA Harrogate and been part of amateur dramatic societies as an actress and choreographer.
Currently I am also working as a personal trainer, fitness instructor and dance teacher in Manchester.
At PQA Harrogate I would love to help the next generation discover and help develop their talent, by being an inspiration and sharing my passion and experience in performing arts.

 

Sarah-Beth

Film & TV

Sarah-Beth - Film & TV

Community storyteller and documentary filmmaker, Sarah-Beth grew her roots in filmmaking through writing fairytales and exploring magical realism, using social morals and symbolism to inspire creative filmmaking. Graduating from Manchester School of Art and elected as Community Officer at The Union MMU, the past 5 years Sarah-Beth has been collaborating with Manchester communities in areas of Housing, Liberation and Sustainability through initiating community campaigns. Sarah-Beth is the Creative Director for Luna Women's Foundation, currently running a Creative Heritage Project 'Raised By Feminists', their interest as a Community Filmmaker will expand into empowering women to engage heritage with artistic experience to create interactive media.

Olivia

Poppets

Olivia - Poppets

Olivia has had a keen interest in the arts for as long as she can remember; especially during her time training at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts. After training there for 7 years she then moved on to a somewhat different path and is currently studying pharmacy at the University of Bradford. She still absolutely adores performing however, and can't be without it, and so continues to find any opportunity to perform when she can.

Olivia can't wait to join the team at PQA to teach the poppets! She hopes that she can inspire them and help them to gain as much from performing possible!

Shane

Poppets Assistant

Shane - Poppets Assistant

I've had a keen interest in music and performing from a young age, as a child I was part of a theatre group and enjoyed main roles in school productions.

I started a family and enjoyed my time raising my children alongside working at a local preschool to work within school hours. As my children have grown older, I've started veering back towards my interests. I've been part of a local musical theatre group now for the past 3 years, just last year restarted piano lessons and now I'm looking forward to combining my interests in Performing Arts with working with children.

 

Curtis

Film & Television Assistant

Curtis - Film & Television Assistant

From a really young age I always knew that I wanted to be involved in the arts, originally as an actor but over time things changed and I realised that my talent was in directing. I also have a passion for writing and editing too, it's a great release for me!

In 2014 I made a fan-made intro for the popular television series "The Real Housewives of Orange County" and it played on an American talk show called GDLA! Recently I made a short film with my friend & PQA Harrogate student Shannon to enter into the #SinisterHomeMovie Competition. The winner's short would be featured on the Sinister 2 Blu-Ray. We didn't win but we got runner up prize, which we were both really proud of. Other experience I have had is when I did a week's work experience at West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds 3 years ago and this year at Twenty Twenty Films in Keighley.

I am currently studying Creative Media Production Level 3: Extended Diploma at Craven College. I started PQA as a student in 2013 and then left shortly after in 2014 because my college course was really draining. I made some really great friends and built my confidence up a lot. I'm really pleased to spend my Saturday's with the team again, this time helping out in Film and TV!

Naail

Teaching Assistant

Naail - Teaching Assistant

The first graduate of PQA Harrogate, Naail has been on stage performing in musicals and shows with multiple youth theatres. He's studied performing arts, Drama and Theatre studies and Art Graphics at A-level and been involved locally throughout Harrogate and Leeds. He has credits in shorts films by "Talking Lens Productions", a main role in the YouTube short film "Yawn of the Dead", and co-host a weekly podcast with Youtuber Jake D on "The Dudcast", as well as multiple theatre credits.

Naail is passionate within the arts and this has led him to work with associations such as "The Geraldine Connor Foundation" and other Theatre companies he has made contacts with. He aspires to be a creative and writes and performs for both Theatre and Film. As well as creating Naail has a strong belief in how the arts can affect the world around him, and wants to encourage, promote, and nurture the youth of today to be the best they can be.

 

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Harrogate Grammar School
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