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Welcome to the Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts in Nottingham! We offer classes in Comedy and Drama, Film and Television and Musical Theatre for 6 to 18 year olds and also a Poppets class for under 6's, with our inspiring and very talented teachers.

I am so proud to be able to offer children an authentic and invaluable experience. We want to give every child the opportunity to perform and develop their confidence, whether they're attending because they want a career in performing arts or just for fun. PQA Nottingham vows to give each student the chance to shine and learn priceless skills.

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Meet the Team



Sian - Principal

I was born and raised in Nottingham and began taking dance lessons at three years old and this is where my love of performing arts began. I took many styles of dance including ballet, tap, modern and contemporary and took part in many competitions and shows throughout my childhood.

At eighteen, I went on to train at the prestigious Laine Theatre Arts in Surrey where I gained a level 6 Diploma in Musical Theatre and the DDI teaching qualification in ISTD Modern. At Laine, I received top quality training which I pride myself on passing onto my students.

Upon Leaving college I worked for Warner Leisure Hotels as a lead singer and dancer as well as performing my own cabaret. I then worked for Indigo Live Productions as a commercial dancer, travelling the country alongside my further teaching studies. I then went on to work for Planet ABBA as Agnetha in the country's top ABBA tribute band touring the world singing in our professional ABBA concert!

I then came to work for PQA as a cover teacher whenever I was needed, then decided it was time to move home and get a "real job!" I worked as PQA poppets teacher alongside various other teaching work for companies in dance schools and primary schools until taking the position of Vice Principal of PQA Nottingham then moving up to Principal!

I still perform from time to time with my cover band "The Mixers" and choreograph and perform in local theatre productions! I am so excited to be Principal of PQA Nottingham and look forward to working with you all to continue to make PQA Nottingham a successful and thriving academy, providing the best possible training for our students!


Musical Theatre

Joanna - Musical Theatre

Joanna found her love for performing arts from a very young age, She began training in all dance styles at Nottingham theatre dance school where she took her IDTA examinations and competed in festivals across the east midlands.

Along side this she began taking classes in drama and singing, joining vocal harmony groups, and performing in theatres around the East Midlands as well as the Edinburgh Fringe.

At the age of eighteen she began her professional training in musical theatre for three years at Phil Winstons Theatreworks in Blackpool. Since graduating in 2012 she has gone on to perform professional both in the UK and overseas. Starting her career as a dancer in the circus to performing in luxury hotels in turkey, Cyprus and Greece. As well as becoming a resident dancer on a luxury evening cruise on the Mediterranean sea!

Joanna is happy to be back in her hometown of Nottingham and working with all the PQA students, and very excited to pass on her knowledge and experience to the next generation.


Comedy & Drama

Catherine - Comedy & Drama

Catherine has had a love of theatre and all things performance since a young age. She trained at Northumbria University, graduating in 2010 with a First Class BA hons in Performance.

After university Catherine went on to work professionally. She performed in Pantomime playing the genie in Aladdin as well as touring with Gibber Theatre Company. She has performed in esteemed theatres such as Theatre Royal Newcastle, Live Theatre, The Customs House and Northern Stage and has also appeared in CBBC's The Dumping Ground.

Catherine has a passion for teaching drama and previously worked as a Poppets teacher at PQA Newcastle and spent two years living and working as a drama teacher in Vietnam. She is currently studying for a masters in Dramatherapy.

Catherine is extremely excited to be working as the Comedy and Drama Teacher at PQA Nottingham and can't wait to see the kids develop their knowledge, confidence and performance skills!



Film & Television

Michael - Film & Television

Michael followed his passion for film from a very young age, leaving his A-Levels to start working on music videos and short films from the age of 17, living and working in Newcastle, London, Plymouth and Oxford.

He moved to Nottingham to study at Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, from which he graduated with a First Class Honours in his foundation degree for TV & Film Production Technology before going on to Nottingham Trent University and receiving another First Class Honours for a BSc in Creative Media Technologies.

From there, he co-founded Them Pesky Kids, a production company which aims to champion the Nottingham art scene and create original and thought provoking films, music videos and online content. Them Pesky Kids recently raised £10,000 for Michael's upcoming film Ariella, which he will be co-directing with his brother Jack.

Michael is very excited to start teaching at PQA Nottingham, and can't wait to make sure the students have some well-made films to show their family and friends.



Paige - Poppets

Paige has been performing from a very early age, she studied Popular Music and Drama at Manchester Metropolitan University graduating with a 2.1 and is now aspiring to become a professional vocal coach.

As well as teaching she has performed in a variety of plays and musicals such as Pirates of Penzance, Alice in Wonderland, The Wedding Singer and many more. Paige has also performed as a solo artist and in various venues around the country as a vocalist within a band.


Academy Supervisor

Matthew - Academy Supervisor

Matt's lived in Nottinghamshire all his life and started attending speech and drama classes at the age of 8. His first appearance on stage was as Cagey Joe in Bugsy Malone The Musical. Since then he continued his work on stage with various theatre companies including the Ravenshead Theatre Group and other amateur and professional companies. In 2011 the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Dramatic Association awarded him Best Supporting Actor for his role as Denis Wicksteed in Alan Bennett's Habeas Corpus.

He holds a Level 3 diploma for Early Years Foundation Stage. He also has experience in both looking after and teaching all age ranges. For his weekday job he implements a lot of drama practices to boost children's confidence and social skills.

By combining his two passions of drama and teaching, he's gone from being a 'young pup' Poppets teacher to the Vice Principal of PQA Nottingham in 3 years, and learned lots of tricks along the way. His only disappointment is that the opportunity to attend a Pauline Quirke Academy was never around when he was a kid!

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