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SATURDAY 11TH MAY 11:45-16:00


PQA Islington is based at PQA Studios London, the home of PQA's new full-time Academy. We operate on Saturdays from 8.45am-12pm, where we welcome students aged 4 to 18. Each week students have sessions in Comedy & Drama, Musical Theatre and Film & Television, led by our fantastic team of Teachers and Teaching Assistants.

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 Islington. 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 Islington!

Dora Rubinstein

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Meet the Team

Dora Rubinstein

Academy Manager

Dora Rubinstein - Academy Manager

Dora loved performing arts from a very young age and by 16 had moved to London to pursue this full time after being offered a place on Arts Educational's Musical Theatre Sixth Form programme. She then went on to study for her degree in Musical Theatre at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

After graduating, Dora worked as an actress in theatre productions both in London and touring the UK. She specialised in children's theatre –including playing Juliet in Young Shakespeare Company's 'Romeo and Juliet', and Maid Marian in 'The Ballad of Robin Hood' at the Southwark Playhouse. Dora also works in theatre production, securing Arts Council funding for Librarian Theatre's tour of 'Hamlet', staged in libraries throughout the UK, and developed new shows for performances at the Leicester Square Theatre and for the Underbelly.

Dora continues work in these areas on a freelance basis whilst also now focusing on teaching. Whilst she has nearly ten years' experience teaching singing and acting, she is also a qualified AcroYoga teacher – delivering classes in yoga, acrobatics and circus arts!

She is so happy to be managing PQA Islington, a location very close to her heart. Dora has lived in the area for nine years and her grandparents lived here too, so Dora has been visiting for as long as she remembers – always getting the train from Newcastle to King's Cross. It feels amazing to be opening the new Academy here and meeting more wonderful locals.

Dora loves watching young people gain more confidence through performing, coming out of their shells, and learning new skills which they can then apply to every area of their lives – so they can be ready to get out there and show the world how awesome Islington kids are!



Musical Theatre

Bree - Musical Theatre

Bree Smith has been treading the boards since the tender age of 8, and is proud to have performed at venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, London Palladium and Prince of Wales Theatre in a variety of professional roles. Bree's passion is Musical theatre, both teaching and performing.

Credits include: Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales Theatre), Scrooge the Musical (Leicester Curve), Wonderland (UK Tour), Eugenius at the Palladium (London Palladium).

Bree has also performed at the Olivier Awards.

Bree has a wealth of experience teaching at a variety of Stage Schools, Dance Academies and Primary/ Secondary Schools, bringing the most relevant industry techniques with her to all classes. Bree graduated from Arts Educational Schools London with a BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre and also has an Associate Degree in Street Dance teaching (IDTA). As a new dynamic member of our team Bree is excited to bring technique, fun and professionalism to PQA!


Comedy & Drama

Kate - Comedy & Drama

Kate is an experienced teacher and facilitator with a first class degree in Acting from her time at drama school. From holiday clubs to acting academies and private tutoring, Kate enjoys working with a wide range of age groups. As a professional actor, Kate has experience both onstage and screen, and she uses her first-hand knowledge of the industry to inspire and nourish young performers.

Theatre Credits include: Spring and Port Wine (Oldham Coliseum), Static (Churchill Theatre, Bromley) Richard III (Rosemary Branch Theatre), Dorothy (The Bunker Theatre), The Boy Who Built Clock (The Arts Theatre), Funfair (HOME, Manchester), The Priest (Lowry Theatre Manchester), Tis Pity She's A Whore (Shakespeare's Globe, Wanamaker Festival), Doctor Faustus (Royal Exchange Theatre), Zeros and Ones (JB Shorts); Twelfth Night, Road, and Pains of Youth (Capitol Theatre)

Screen Credits include: Peter Kay's Car Share (BBC) The Hunter's Prayer (Cinema release & Sky Cinema Premiere) Doctors (BBC) Remember Me (BBC) Give out Girls (Sky Comedy) Fresh Meat (Channel 4) and A Passionate Woman (BBC)

Kate is also a founding member of GODOT's WATCH, a theatre company whose premier show Richard III was nominated for best director in the Stage Debut Awards 2017.


Film & Television

Alan - Film & Television

Alan Mandel has enjoyed a varied career in the entertainment industry. He has been lucky enough to fulfill 3 of his lifelong ambitions, directing a Metal Opera based upon Mary Shelley's masterpiece Frankenstein, teaching the ways of the Force as a Jedi for Lucasfilm, and most recently enter the Wizarding World of J.K Rowling as Mr Goldstein in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

As a director and producer Alan has worked in both Film and Theatre with credits including; festival director of the Stroud Shakespeare Festival (including directing Romeo + Juliet and Twelfth Night), the critically acclaimed sell out off West End run of Frankenstein: The Metal Opera (The Space Theatre), devised productions such as After a Storm (Exeter Northcott Theatre), In The Space Between (Camden People's Theatre) and the immersive site-specific Those That Remain (Berkeley Power Station). For film, his credits include; assistant directing the ambitious indie film project The Underwater Realm, music videos for Electric Swing Circus and a series of anthropological documentaries for the Pitt Rivers Museum. Other projects include the refugee radio play The Distance We Have Travelled and the upcoming sci-fi podcast Red Valley Tapes.

Alan is also a dedicated practitioner and for 16 years has taught acting and directing workshops for up and coming artists in the UK and USA. With some of his previous students going on to work on projects such as Star Trek: Discovery, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Matilda, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Eastenders and One Man, Two Guv'nors. Most recently, a student directed The Ashes of His Youth, a short film that was commended by Kenneth Branagh and screened at the Shakespeare Shorts Festival in Stratford.

As an actor, you may have also seen Alan being the subject of a horrific experiment in Eddie (Overhead Productions), performing the Haka in the ITV ident before every Rugby World Cup game in 2015, having a fight with Colin Firth in Born Equal (BBC), and in featured roles in numerous other productions including Pride (BBC Films) and Criminal Justice (BBC). His theatre credits include The Factory (National Tour), Requiem for Tomorrow (Shaw Theatre) and Flamingo Blues (Unicorn Theatre).



Sophie - Poppets

Sophie trained in Musical Theatre at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, graduating in 2015.

She recently performed in the UK Tour and West End production of David Walliams' Gangsta Granny, a job which she absolutely loved and is proud to say was nominated for an Olivier Award.

Other credits include: Horrible Christmas at the Lowry Theatre, Hedy Lamarr in Stylist Magazine's Visible Women, and Jennifer Lee Prior in Autopsy the Last hours of...

Sophie loves teaching and sharing her passion for performing. She is very excited to meet and work with all the wonderful Poppets at PQA Islington, and will be encouraging them to have loads of fun singing, dancing, acting, and expressing themselves!


F&TV Assistant

Abel - F&TV Assistant

A BFI Future Film Academy alumnus, Abel Rubinstein was mentored during the course by BIFA-Winning director Rob Savage. He went on to work as a director's assistant for Rob across multiple shorts, including the BAFTA shortlisted short film DAWN OF THE DEAF and his recent TV Episode for Channel 4's 'Nightmares'.

He recently took part in Creative England's ShortFlix Scheme in partnership with SkyArts and was mentored by Kate O'Hara. He developed his short film THE BOXES through to the last round of the scheme. He went on to secure a 3-month BAFTA mentorship. He is yet to be linked with his well-known mentor.

As an editor, he cut the award winning BFI Future Film Academy short film 'First Date', the NFTS short film 'Blind Date', and is currently editing a feature documentary called BAM BAM, the directorial debut of Alex Shipman.

He was 2nd Assistant Director on a Channel 4 Random Act's short film 'District Line', directed by Ruda Santos, and has worked on a multitude of other productions as a runner including 'Ian McKellen: Playing the Part' by Joe Stephenson, 'Goodbye Christopher Robin' by Simon Curtis, Bastille's 'Send Them Back', and the Childline advert 'Voices' starring Cheryl Cole.

Abel is really excited to be joining the PQA team and helping inspire the next generation of young filmmakers!


Assistant Teacher

Frankie - Assistant Teacher

Frankie is a professional actress, singer and dancer. She began teaching accidentally, and soon found she had caught the bug! Teaching at schools, holiday camps and across local dance studios, Frankie has experience delivering classes for all age groups, and believes that performing arts lessons are invaluable in not only learning new skills, but bringing out confidence and well as just being lots of fun!
The location in Pentonville Road is particularly meaningful to Frankie, as she is a recent graduate of The Poor School, which took its final curtain there this year. She couldn't be happier that the building will house a new generation of fabulous talent!
Frankie's training with The Poor School allowed her to learn and develop a variety of technical skills for acting in film and theatre, and she can't wait to support the students at PQA Islington with their own journeys!


Assistant Teacher

Roslyn - Assistant Teacher

Roslyn graduated from East 15 Drama School in 2014 having studied the 3 Year BA Acting course. On graduating, she was the winner of the BBC Carlton Hobbs Award and spent 6 months on the BBC Radio Drama Company.

Since then she has worked in Stage, Film and TV, Radio Drama and Commercials. Most recently she appeared in Hammer Horror Live: The Soulless Ones which was an immersive theatre production at Hoxton Hall London.

Roslyn really loves working with young people and having the opportunity to lead drama workshops at a Summer camp last year was a fantastic experience.

Her passion for drama started at a young age and she is delighted to be working with young people who share that passion. She is absolutely thrilled to be joining PQA, and really excited to work with the students every Saturday.

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Saturdays 08.45 - 12.00 & 12.45 - 16.00
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