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WELCOME TO PQA LIVERPOOL NORTH!

We operate on Saturdays from 9.45am-1pm, 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.

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 Liverpool North. 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 Liverpool North!

Aimee Leigh
Principal

 

Meet the Team

Aimee Leigh

Principal

Aimee Leigh - Principal

Hello, my name is Aimee Leigh and I am pleased to introduce myself as the principal of PQA Liverpool North. Acting has always been my passion and has shaped the person I have become today. As a child all I wanted was to perform, I was always at my happiest when on stage and I was lucky enough to be able to follow my dream.

As a child I attended dance, drama and singing lessons and went on to study BTEC Musical theatre at Southport College and BA (Hons) Acting at The University of Central Lancashire. Over the years I have been in countless productions but none have given me the same fulfilment that I have found in teaching. I have taught in several schools and nurseries in the North West of England and I can honestly say there is nothing more inspirational than imagination of a child. I think it is so important for every child to have the opportunity of self expression through performance and with the help of the team at PQA Liverpool North I am sure that your child will shine.

Samantha

Vice Principal

Samantha - Vice Principal

Samantha is a Lancashire born actress and puppet maker with an enthusiasm for all aspects of the arts, Samantha graduated with a first class degree in Acting from the University of Central Lancashire in 2008. Since then she has enjoyed a wide range of roles across theatre, film and television, notabley her role as Nikki in Shezad Dawoods acclaimed Science Fiction feature film 'Piercing Brightness' which has just finished its run in UK cinemas.

Samantha is passionate about teaching and has worked in theatre-based education for the past five years, enjoying work with Stagecoach, Bigfoot Theatre Arts and The Octagon Theatre's theatre in schools projects. Samantha has also worked closely with the Library Theatre Manchester and the Boaz Trust on their Theatre Arts work with desolate asylum seekers, where she helped people socialise and build confidence in the community using creative arts.

Andrew

Film & Television

Andrew - Film & Television

Kicking off my love for all things drama, I began studying Theatre during Sixth Form in Rugby, followed by gaining a degree in Film and Theatre at Reading University.

Whilst in Reading, I learnt to use film equipment and fell in love with putting drama on the big screen.

Since then, I have worked making promotional films, art house cinema and informational videos for international charities. I have also worked as a cameraman, capturing live footage for corporate events. I learnt how to operate various editing platforms during this time, including stop-motion and computer animation.

In the past few years, as a secondary school Drama teacher, I have helped students make zombie movies, film noir, romcoms and even created films for school musicals to create digital theatre productions.

Now as an actor, I have taken part in films on the other side of the lens, having recently been a World War One soldier and a dodgy business man who gets hit by a bus!

I am so proud to have the chance to share my experience with the students in such a creative environment at PQA Liverpool North. As the students work their creative magic with the new skills they will learn during my Film and TV sessions, I am sure we will see some budding directors emerge. Bring on the next Oscars!

Hannah

Comedy & Drama

Hannah - Comedy & Drama

Hannah trained at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance and Doreen Bird College in London and since graduating in 2016 has accepted a variety of roles, including her involvement in the immersive family theatre event 'Just So Festival' as part of Wild Rumpus Company.

As part of her work as a freelance drama practitioner, Hannah has facilitated classes in a variety of theatre practices across Merseyside and Lancashire. These include her own after school theatre club, an original Clowning course aimed at adults experiencing mental health issues and stage camps for young people interested in developing their skills in devised performance, drama, dance, singing, directing, puppetry and mask.

She is especially excited to work with the talented youngsters at PQA!

Hannah enjoys working collaboratively and strongly believes that young people should be given opportunities which allow them to express themselves creatively in a fun, safe and encouraging environment.

 

Helen

Musical Theatre

Helen - Musical Theatre

Helen is a professional actress and singer from Liverpool. She began performing at the age of three where she was a student at Sylvia Stubbs School of Dance and then went on to train at LAMDA, graduating in 2005 with a three year Diploma in Acting. Since graduating Helen has gained vast experience in theatre and television, her credits including work at the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Theatres, The Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester, The Royal Court Liverpool, The Bolton Octagon, as well as work for the BBC and ITV.

Helen has always had a passion for teaching and working with children, having taught Drama classes in schools and nurseries for 0-5 year olds in London with Theatrebugs, and Musical Theatre Acting and Acting for adults at the Chiswick Theatre School in London.

She is also proud mother to her young daughter. Helen is very much looking forward to teaching at PQA Liverpool and sharing her enthusiasm for the performing arts with her fun and compassionate approach.

Keira

Poppets

Keira - Poppets

Keira is an actress based in Merseyside. Before graduating from the University of Central Lancashire in 2011 with a BA (Hons) Acting, Keira had been a Junior Ambassador for the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool. This is what drove her passion for performing arts.
As a Junior Ambassador, she gained experience in writing, directing, acting and reviewing numerous productions, as well as performing in a final showcase held at The Everyman Theatre.

As a Dancer from the Wallasey School of Ballet, she has a love and respect for all things creative and particularly giving others the opportunity to embrace their creative flair.

Most recently, Keira has finished a Theatre in Education tour in Northern Ireland. The tour encouraged the power of imagination with toddlers, through Drama. And tackled more difficult topics such as; Cyber Bullying, Internet Safety and Mental Health Issues, for the older year groups.

Keira believes that as a Facilitator, you must love what you do, so you can inspire and find new, fun, exciting and interactive ways to engage young people.

Giving children creative freedom in performing arts creates a great platform for them to enjoy expressing themselves, whilst building their confidence.

Gill

Front of House Assistant

Gill - Front of House Assistant

Hello, I'm Gill and I work front of house at PQA Preston. I came on board the day my daughter Aimee
came home and told me she was thinking of applying to PQA. As a mum I spent many years (along with her dad) escorting her to dance classes, drama lessons and even to TV shoots, and watched her perform in many shows, it seems a natural progression to be part of team PQA.

My background is graphic design having studied at art college (quite a few years back now!) My hobbies are all creative from sewing to printing and photography. I worked at a few design companies early on in my working life until I started work at UCLan in Preston where I worked for 29 years in various roles.

You will usually find me dealing with anything from taking photographs, putting together the newsletters, sorting out costumes and scenery to making sure everyone has remembered to take home any important letters! When it is show time you will find me serving refreshments, at Gala time I am busy making metres of bunting for our float, and generally doing anything practical that needs to be done!
It is a privilege and a joy to work with such a talented team and to see our pupils learn and grow. I am one very proud PQA mum!

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Saturdays 09.45 - 13.00
Poppets 10.00 - 11.30

Holy Family Catholic High School
Virgin's Lane
Thornton
Liverpool
Merseyside
L23 4UL

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