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PQA Hertford operates on Saturdays from the Robert Barclay Academy, Cock Lane, Hoddesdon, EN11 8JY. Our team of first class tutors deliver fun-filled, action packed sessions in Comedy & Drama, Musical Theatre and Film & TV.
We want every young person to feel like they are an important part of our academy, whether they want to gain confidence, have lots of fun or even venture into the world of performing arts. Students will come away from PQA every week knowing that they have achieved something, no matter how big or small.
We would love to show you what we do so please call Susie on 07906 222 593 to arrange a free taster session, request a brochure or go ahead and enrol online now!
I have always wanted to be a professional actress ever since I was 9 years old! I eventually went to full time drama school as an adult where I was lucky enough to win a scholarship and graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in 2006. Since leaving Mountview some of my credits include The Bill, Sainsburys and Asda commercials, The Woman in Black in the West End, Ben Elton's Popcorn and the stage production of Alfie. As a child and teenager I attended various Saturday theatre schools and loved every minute of it! I was a very shy child and acting gave me the confidence that not only helped me in my career but in my everyday life.
Being so passionate about performing arts, cinema and theatre led me into teaching 3-18 year olds in various well known theatre schools. The joy and entertainment the students have brought me over the years is priceless.
There are so many exciting things happening at PQA Hertford which I am extremely lucky to be part of. Our TV & Film classes will give students the chance to experience the fantastic world of screen acting, musical theatre provides the opportunity to perform in your favourite musicals along with our comedy & drama classes, where you can play games, improvise, create your own characters, express through mime, costumes and music, work on scripts plus so much more.
So whether you just to want to have loads of fun, build your confidence or dare to dream! Come along to PQA Hertford and see for yourself how much fun there is to have on Saturday mornings!
David started with PQA Hertford initially when it opened in September 2011 as a runner and to help his wife Susie. After a short break from Easter 2012 to July 2013, he returned to PQA Hertford as the Vice Principal. Despite not having any experience of the performing arts, David thoroughly enjoys working at PQA Hertford and says "No matter how long or how hard the working week has been, when you arrive at PQA Hertford on a Saturday and feel the excitement and energy in the place you can't help but forget about everything else and get involved."
Film & Television
Claudio is an award winning film director/writer based in London working as a freelance Film Maker. He also is a cartoonist for an Italian news website.
After graduating in Philosophy at the University of Messina in 2006 he moved to Pisa to study Cinema, Music and Theatre at the University of Pisa.
He has directed over 30 short films, commercials, music videos and documentaries. Claudio has also produced and worked in various roles in production (Director of photography, Editor and as 1st Assistant Director) on many projects.
Comedy & Drama
Olavo is an experienced actor and director from Brazil. Olavo started training to become a stage actor at the age of 8 and started working professionally at 14. Over the course of his career, Olavo has been in over 20 stage jobs, including various musicals such as Gabe, in the award-winning original Brazilian production of Next to Normal, one Disney feature film, many TV shows and has done several voice-over jobs, including voicing Hans in Frozen and Andy in Toy Story 3 (Original Brazil). In June 2017 he directed a piece in an event called "24 Hour Play Challenge" in London and had also directed a one-woman musical show in Berlin later in 2017 and has just concluded an evening course on Theatre Directing at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Back in Brazil, Olavo worked as Assistant Director for various Disney projects, and he was also Assistant Acting Coach on the latest Disney Latin America TV show, "Juacas".
Rebecca trained at Expressions Academy of Performing Arts under the Principal Maxine Glasby. She studied a three year diploma course in Musical Theatre with Trinity College London.
Since graduating Rebecca has worked on television shows such as Waterloo Road, Big Brother and ITV'S The Nightly Show. Touring the UK and Europe with 'Pet Shop Boys Tribute' and performing with 'Dynamic Dancer' in a number of shows such as Showgirl, Can Can, has cheerleaded, performed in flash mobs, Bollywood dance and many more.
Rebecca is also an experienced teacher in many styles and she has been teaching from the age of 18 to a wide age range from 2 to 19 years.
Rebecca is a member of the IDTA syllabus and has taken her Associate Disco and Freestyle along with her Pre-Associate part one in Ballet. Currently studying her Associate part two in Ballet and looking at studying her Associate in Ballet after this.
Rebecca is very excited to start working for PQA Hertford as the Musical Theatre tutor. She is looking forward to meeting everyone as well as becoming part of the PQA team!
I have been working in the performing arts industry since the age of 5. I attended The Sylvia Young Theatre School part time and then won a Stage Newspaper scholarship to attend the full time school. Throughout my career I have had the opportunity to work in the West End and TV and Film, including a drama that was nominated for a BAFTA in which I played the lead actress. Having the privilege to have worked with many first class actors including Daniel Radcliffe, Jimmy Nesbitt, Jon Hamm and Myanna Buring, I have gained valuable experience and knowledge which is why I would love to be able to share this with up and coming students at PQA Hertford. I'm currently studying at Music College and am a member of The National Youth Theatre as well as being one of their Ambassadors. I love working with children and helping them develop confidence and their love for performing.
Connor has been part of The Pauline Quirke Academy since 2013 as a student, performing in two West End shows and numerous other projects as well as learning how to direct, act and work a professional camera in Film and Television.
After receiving an A* in GCSE Drama and now taking Theatre Studies at A Level, he hopes to go onto a drama school soon! Connor says 'I am delighted to be working as a Film & TV Teaching Assistant for PQA Hertford!
Cain has been a student at PQA Hertford for five years and has now graduated to the position of a Teaching Assistant! She is currently auditioning for drama school with a view to commencing her studies this September. Cain took part in many performances with PQA Hertford, including two west end shows and cannot wait to see students get the same opportunities. Since leaving PQA Cain has worked as an actress in various commercials and music videos.
She is very excited to be joining the PQA team and hopes to encourage and inspire the next generation of students at PQA Hertford!
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Ashley graduated in Musical Theatre from Bucks New University in 2014. Since graduating Ashley has worked in both TV and stage with artists such as: Jessie J and Troy the Magician. Ashley has also performed in various musicals, plays, pantomimes and concerts as well as performing at the 'Whats On Stage Awards.'
Ashley is part of an A Cappella group called 'Belt Up,' appearing on sky's 'Sing! Ultimate A Cappella.' Performing in many prestigious west end venues such as: The Other Palace, Live at Zédel, Above the Arts and a tour of Berlin! Ashley is really excited to be coming back to PQA Hertford to teach Musical Theatre!
|Saturdays||09.45 - 13.00 & 13.45 - 17.00|
|Poppets||09.45 - 11.30|
Robert Barclay Academy
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