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We operate on Fridays from 4.45pm-8pm at The Maplesden Noakes School, where we welcome students aged 6 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 Maidstone. 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 where Principal Verity will be on hand to assist you. Alternatively, you can request a brochure or enrol online now – we look forward to welcoming you to PQA Maidstone!

Meet the Team

Verity Rae-Martin


Verity Rae-Martin - Principal


I am absolutely thrilled to be Principal PQA Maidstone.

I am extremely passionate about all subjects taught at PQA and feel that children learn many valuable skills and gain great knowledge through drama training. The confidence and understanding it gives a young person then feeds into other areas of their lives. I love watching my students, who after just a little while of being part of the PQA family gain tremendous confidence, meet new friends, develop their imagination, concentration, observation and articulation skills.

My experience in the showbiz world spans a broad range of performance areas. After gaining a place only age 14 at The BRIT performing arts school where I studied Drama and Musical Theatre for 4 years. I have popped up in film, television shows, musical theatre productions and advertisement features regularly across my twelve years in performance.

Recent roles include – The Bill(ITV), Dream Team(sky 1), comedy sketch show Little Miss Jocelyn(channel 4), Midsummer Murders(itv), Phil Zimmerman's creepy number 5 sketches and various advertisements and musical video features as well as roles in movies such as SPICEWORLD and I REALLY HATE MY JOB, working next to Hollywood's Neve Campbell. I am also a familiar face in the modeling world too. My strong vocals have earned me leading roles in touring musical theatre productions, MAMMA MIA! , CHARTBUSTERS and THE PASSIONATE TOUR of India and pantomime appearances as TIGER LILLY in PETER PAN, The Rotherham Civic and JACK in JACK AND THE BEANSTALK at the Middlesborough Theatre with some of the country's best loved comedy actors, whilst maintaining and strengthening my solo and group acts including girl band 'The Superdolls' that have toured famous venues nationwide.

I am also part of a prestige collective group mentored by famous television director Michael Ferguson whose credits include, Eastenders, The Bill, casualty and Doctor Who (to name a few). We workshop and meet every week at The Actors centre and workshop the most truthful ways of screen acting. I then bring all this information and experience to PQA every week!

I have been teaching alongside my performing work regularly throughout my career and have a great understanding of children and teenagers. I love passing on my professional experience in showbiz and most of all teach what I love best in life – acting, singing and dancing!

I am also currently working with an independent record company on original songs due to be released!

I am also a very proud mum to Lucinda born Jan 2010.


Vice Principal / Film & Television Assistant

Laura - Vice Principal / Film & Television Assistant

Finishing a degree in Television Production at the University for the Creative Arts, Maidstone, Laura has

been involved in a variety of Television shows such as STV's Catchphrase and Channel 4's First Dates. Laura enjoys

editing and has a real passion for all things TV and Film! She aims to inspire and encourage the students at PQA to create their own films and has loved every second of working at PQA Rochester!


Film & Television

Claudio - 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

Sophie - Comedy & Drama

Training: Performers College, Winner of Music Award
and 3rd Year Award.

Theatre Credits Include:

'Mermaid' in Big Fish (The Other Palace). 'Janet' Rocky Horror Show Italian Tour and Oxford Playhouse. 'Columbia' Rocky Horror Show UK Tour. Sophie was also

lucky enough to be asked to play her in the 42nd Anniversary Gala performance of Rocky Horror Live in cinemas and Sky Arts. Sophie played 'Glinda' (Standby) in Wicked (Apollo Victoria) ; ensemble and understudy 'Lisa' in Mamma Mia (Prince of Wales) ; 'Stone Rockmanbrock' Silence! The Musical (Barons Court Theatre) ; singer/dancer in Apollo Victoria 80th Anniversary Gala (Apollo Victoria) ; lead vocalist on P&O Cruises (Stadium Theatre Company); singer/dancer in Broadway's Spirit of Christmas (US tour); Dance Captain on Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella (Towngate Theatre) and Dance Captain on Cinderella for QDOS.

Television Credits Include: dancer on The X Factor with Mamma Mia! ; The Slammer (CBBC); Top of the Pops and Halifax commercial.

Film Credits Include: Rocky Horror Live , Mamma Mia!
The Movie (pre-production workshop).

Other Credits Include: Recordings ; Don't Stop Believin'
(UK tour).


Musical Theatre

Melanie - Musical Theatre

Melanie began dancing at the age of three years old, after many years of attending different stage schools her family soon realised she was destined for a career as a Performer. Melanie then went into full time dance training at Miskin Theatre at the age of sixteen. She carried out a National Diploma in Performing Arts and completed this in 2012 in which she was awarded a triple grade distinction. This then lead onto working for Bourne Leisure, Haven at the UKs largest holiday park Devon Cliffs where she took on the role of dance captain amongst the show team. Shortly after, Melanie worked in India for 6 months where she was a featured dancer in Bollywood Music Videos, Films, TV Commercials and Live shows. Whilst in India she also had the chance to cheerlead for the Indian Premier League Cricket where she was touring Dubai and India cheerleading for Chennai Super Kings. For the last couple of years Melanie has been lucky enough to travel the world on P&O Cruises as lead dancer for Headliners Theatre Company. Here she was a part of west end equivalent productions and performed in a variety of shows.

Since returning off the ships Melanie has begun to choreograph for many different productions and a Bollywood piece of hers was featured at The Dorchester One World Festival last summer. Melanie is currently still performing when she can between teaching and is a part of Forever Jackson, the UKs number one Michael Jackson Tribute Show touring across the UK. Her passion for music and dance keeps her performing and has said there is no better feeling than when she is on stage and hopes to give lot's of young performers in the making a chance to experience this.

Melanie is delighted to be teaching at The Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts and feels very privileged to have this opportunity inspire young people and pass on all her knowledge and experience.


Musical Theatre

Aimee - Musical Theatre

Aimee trained at The Centre Performing Arts College graduating with a Diploma in Theatre Performance and two I.S.T.D teaching qualifications. She is an experienced teacher in all styles of dance, acrobatics, singing and musical theatre and teaches hundreds each week ranging from the ages of 3-18.

As well as teaching, Aimee also enjoys performing professionally. Her credits include:


The Vegas Show Girls - Corporate

'Lucky Stiff' - Sadler's Wells Theatre

Showgirl Entertainments - Corporate

Peter Pan - Vexx Pantomimes

Cinderella - Evolution Pantomimes

Cinderella - Spillers Pantomimes


Olly Murs - 24 hrs album teaser

Will Young - Love Revolution video

Nike - Unlimited you commercial

Example - Reflections video

Humans Series 3 - Channel 4 series

Break up of the bands - The Eagles - ITV series


London Fashion Week Paris Fashion Week

Vaseline x Lulu Guinness






Aimee enjoys teaching at PQA and loves watching the kids grow and progress as people and performers.


Comedy & Drama

Jared - Comedy & Drama

Jared Nelson is a professional actor and director from America, with two Master's degrees. His first, an MA in Theatre from Villanova University, focused on script analysis, theatre history, and theory and criticism. His second, an MFA in Acting from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, focused on voice, movement, and performance practices for the stage.

Since graduating in 2017 he has been working steadily on theatre, film, commercial, and corporate projects, which has given him an insider's perspective of the entertainment industry in the UK. He is looking forward to helping students understand the industry, and to prepare them for whatever they want to achieve as performers.


Academy Assistant

Courtney - Academy Assistant

When I was 12 joined PQA Rochester to enhance my knowledge of Performing Arts. During my time at PQA I learned so much and was given so many opportunities in different performances. When I finished my session I would then help out in the afternoon, this helped me develop my teaching. I absolutely loved PQA! One of the greatest opportunities I received at PQA was through their agency Quirky Kidz. I was cast as teen ensemble in the film London Road! I worked alongside Tom Hardy and Olivia Coleman. It was such an incredible experience as it was my first professional job.

For three years I trained full time, two years Acting and a year of Dance. I developed so much, and I am grateful for the opportunities they gave me I learnt so much about the craft!

I am currently teaching at PQA Rochester as Poppets Teacher and Assistant. I love working with the children and am thrilled to be a part of PQA Maidstone too!

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