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Our aim is to introduce the ethos behind The Pauline Quirke Academy, to demonstrate what we do and how we achieve our goals, how your children will benefit from our classes and, above all, to allow your children to get a flavour of The Academy.
Following a brief introduction the children are divided into age groups and get to sample classes in Musical Theatre, Comedy & Drama and Film & Television (don't worry if your child does not want to join in at this stage, we know that some will be shy, they can just watch and possibly have a go when they're ready). Parents are welcome to stay with their children – of course this happens with the younger groups but teenagers will usually not have their parents anywhere near an unpolished performance!
During the classes parents can have some refreshments, a chat with the PQA team, and really begin to learn what we are all about! We would also encourage spending some time sneaking a look at your children during their sessions.
I look forward to meeting you on the day!
Dora Rubinstein – Academy Manager PQA Islington
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!
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 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.
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!
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.
Film & Television 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!
|Saturdays||08.45 - 12.00|
|Poppets||09.00 - 10.30|
PQA Studios London
242 Pentonville Road
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