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PQA Maidenhead is a dedicated performing arts school in Maidenhead, Berkshire - with classes for children and young adults in Comedy & Drama, Musical Theatre (singing & dancing) and Film & Television.

Our Maidenhead academy operates from the Furze Platt Senior School, in their purpose-built drama and dance facility every Saturday from 9.45am-1pm & 1.45pm-5pm.

We welcome students aged 4-18 years within the Maidenhead, Slough, Marlow, Henley on Thames and Cookham areas of Berkshire and from local schools such as Furze Platt Senior School, Courthouse Junior School, Riverside Primary School, St Pirans School, Newland Girls School, Braywick Court School, Manor Green School and Cox Green School. 

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Note from our Principal:

Our amazing team at PQA Maidenhead works hard to ensure that every student is given the opportunity to develop, gain confidence and to reach their potential.

We work on some fantastic projects which give our students the opportunity to perform in many different roles in plays and musicals and to create their own films.

Join us for a FREE taster session to find out and see what we do at PQA Maidenhead. You can email us or call for a chat. We can arrange your taster session or a visit to the academy. Alternatively, register your interest on-line and receive an enquiry pack.

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We look forward to welcoming you to PQA Maidenhead!

Liz Charleston
Principal
liz@pqacademy.com
07443 460390

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Comedy & Drama Classes

Our comedy and drama lessons provide our students with the knowledge of theatrical forms and techniques including: Improvisation and devised theatre to mime, mask, script work and vocal techniques in projection and diction.

Musical Theatre Classes

Musical Theatre classes combine singing, dance and acting. We teach our students a range of vocal and dance techniques giving them the ability to pass from dialogue to song and dance seamlessly within a performance.

Film & Television Classes

PQA is the largest provider of Film and Television education in the UK for under 18s. Our students will discover and develop talents in areas such as script writing, directing and acting for camera.

And so much more! 

Specialist Masterclasses, Quirky Kidz Agency, West End Theatre Shows, Trinity College Exams, Film Festivals, Creative Stages Reports, Local Cinema Screenings, Showcases & PQATV

Meet the Team

Liz Charleston

Principal

Liz Charleston - Principal

Hi, my name is Liz Charleston & I am looking forward to be running the Maidenhead Academy and working with the team.

Since my own children were small, I have been involved with Youth theatre and love the sense of self-worth that this has engendered in my own and other children that I have worked with.

I'm delighted to be able to offer children in the area a whole new experience in performing arts. PQA offers children the opportunity to get involved with all areas of performing arts from dancing, singing and theatre to comedy and television and is designed to help children gain confidence, make friends and have fun.

All the teachers at PQA Maidenhead are dedicated professionals and we are looking forward to working as a team to provide a fun experience for all the children who join us

Emily

Vice Principal

Emily - Vice Principal

Emily trained at Rose Bruford and was fortunate to spend a year studying further at St Mary's University of Minnesota.

She has extensive experience in both theatre and TV/Film and is looking forward to working with enthusiastic young people.

Theatre include; Paulette in Playing for Time (Norden Farm), Mary Warren in The Crucible (The Page Theatre, USA), French Fries in Talking With (Valencia Arts Centre, USA), Dancer in The Benny Goodman Suite (The Page Theatre, USA), Maenad in The Bacchae (The Rose Theatre), Lily Mortar in The Children's Hour (The Rose Theatre), Carol in Oleanna (The Rose Theatre), Penelope in The Penelopiad (The Barn Theatre), Erin in There's A City in My Mind (The Rose Theatre), Chorus in Cinderella (The Kenton Theatre), Hartley in Casablanca (The Troxy Picture Palace).
TV/Film; Ravenmoor Killer (RHUL), Nutbox Comedy Pilot (NutBox), Midsomer Murders (ITV)
Other work includes: NYT Press Play Workshops (The Curve), Emily provides drama workshops for children and adults with ASD working with CATSYPP and The Impossible Theatre Company.

Eloise

Musical Theatre

Eloise - Musical Theatre

Eloise started performing at the age of 4 and competed in festivals across the country where she became the All England Tap Champion by the age of 15. She also played the body double of Elizabeth Earl in the feature film The Greatest Store In The World. She then went on to win a DaDa scholarship to train at Millennium Performing Arts college London. After 3 years intensive training, her first job upon leaving was as principal dancer in the show La Calisto at the Royal Opera House, West End.

Eloise has been performing professionally ever since and her recent credits have been national and international tours as the lead in various plays and Musicals, The Crazy Coqs Show performing with Ty Jeffries as a Crazy Coq in the West End, The lead in 3 shows touring Germany for 7 months and then on to filming the feature film Suffragette, as Lady Suffragette which was out in cinemas 2015.

Eloise teaches jazz, tap, commercial, ballet, contemporary, street and musical theatre. She has a passion for teaching to all ages and is extremely excited to be a part of the PQA team!

Christina

Comedy & Drama

Christina - Comedy & Drama

Christina is a professional actress and stage combat specialist having trained at East 15 Acting School. Since graduating in 2013 Christina has worked in both theatre and film.

FILM/TV Credits Include; Ellie in Something Happens Here (Talk To Camera) Amy in Gates of Vanity (Future Focus Films) Lilly in Abide With Me (French Honey Films) Fight Artist in Zemmy, (Music Video) Ally in OCD Awareness Campaign (Fixers)

Theatre Credits Include; Hermia in A Midsummer Nights Dream (Melbourne Shakespeare Company) Constance in The Three Musketeers (Illyria Theatre) Emil Etin in The Musketeers (BBC Worldwide) Sparrow in The Hole in The Night (SharkLegs Theatre) Lou in My Face (National Theatre)

Having been in Australia for just under a year working with the Melbourne Shakespeare Company, Christina is excited to be rejoining the team at Maidenhead.

 

Harrison

Film & Television (AM Academy)

Harrison - Film & Television (AM Academy)

After completing a degree in Film Production, Harrison worked as a Runner, Production Assistant, Studio Assistant and Editor, before turning to freelance work as a Videographer & Editor.

He now works at Bucks New University, making promotional films and works on other film projects with staff and students.

George

Academy Assistant (AM Academy) / Film & Television (PM Academy)

George - Academy Assistant (AM Academy) / Film & Television (PM Academy)

George is a freelance Film Maker, working regularly with the BBC and local football clubs.

He has experience working in small and large crews in a variety of roles on different projects. Currently in the final stages of completing his degree in Film and TV Production at Bucks New University, George is enjoying the opportunities on offer.

He is very excited to be working at PQA Amersham, believing that Film and TV is all about learning through practical application.

Eliza

Poppets

Eliza - Poppets

Eliza studied at the College-Conservatory of Music and Drama in America.

Since moving to the UK, she has trained with the National Youth Theatre, and worked at Frinton Summer Theatre as Directors Assistants.

In America, Eliza performed in productions with Synetic Theatre, First Stage, Metro Stage, and the National Theatre.

Karmela

Academy Assistant

Karmela - Academy Assistant

Karmela has graduated from student to class assistant at PQA Maidenhead.

She has performed from a young age and is still active in numerous youth theatre groups in the area. Karmela cannot picture a future where she is not involved in the performing arts.

Rozalia

Academy Assistant

Rozalia - Academy Assistant

Rozalia has graduated from student to class assistant at PQA Maidenhead.

She studied Performing Arts at school, gaining a Distinction* and says that performing has made her the person she is today.

Amy

Academy Assistant

Amy - Academy Assistant

Amy has been performing since a young age and has appeared in many amateur productions, including Annie (Grace Farrell) and the Phantom of the Opera (Carlotta). Amy is continuing her education in Performing Arts having now graduated from college.

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Saturdays 09.45 - 13.00 & 13.45 - 17.00
Poppets 09.45 - 11.30

Furze Platt Senior School
Furze Platt Road
Maidenhead
Berkshire
SL6 7NQ

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