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Hello and a very warm welcome on behalf of the entire team at The Pauline Quirke Academy in Richmond!

We operate two academies on a Saturday and hold classes in Film & Television, Musical Theatre and Comedy & Drama for students aged 4-18. Our team is comprised of industry professionals, with years of experience in their field.

We believe in creating and maintaining an environment which is fun and inspires our students to be able to achieve their full potential. We are passionate that performing arts has a multitude of benefits, both personally and professionally. For each student it will be a different journey; perhaps it is discovering they love being on stage, finding a singing voice, gaining confidence, learning how to create lighting and sound for film, developing life skills, learning how to direct, write scripts, acting for camera, dancing, joining our highly successful agency, 'Quirky Kidz', and embark on the training required for a professional career within the arts. Or maybe they just want to come and have some fun on a Saturday! The list is endless! We have already seen students film for Channel 4, ITV, Sky Atlantic and record national advertisement campaigns.

We are always looking to facilitate performance opportunities for the students. Last term we were very excited to have a Musical Theatre performance at The ACT Theatre in Kingston on December 2nd. This comes after our brilliant performance of 'The Lazy Ace' at 'The Shaftesbury' Theatre in The West End.

In January we walked the red carpet at Cineworld Feltham for a cinema screening of our work in Film and Television. In May, we are having a Musical Theatre Showcase and in June we are performing 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' and 'Comedy of Errors' at Ham House and Garden whilst taking our Trinity exams!

We are so fortunate to operate from the brand new, sparkling performing arts building at Christ's School. With a state-of-the-art dance studio, drama studio and Film & TV space - the main challenge is getting the students to actually leave on time!

Due to demand, limited spaces are available. If you are interested in a place at PQA Richmond, please contact me to arrange a taster session. We would love to hear from you. Alternatively, you can request a brochure or enrol online now – we look forward to welcoming you to PQA Richmond!

Oliver Mason - Principal
PQA Richmond

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"There is no part of me that regrets starting PQA. Having the chance to work with and be mentored by a team of industry professionals has given my career a head start - I couldn't believe it at first! I was even more astounded how approachable everyone was on my first day. I would say, hands down, PQA is worth it whether you want a career in the arts or even if you just want to develop your confidence. It sounds cheesy, but PQA was the biggest step towards the 'me' I am today and I wouldn't change it for the world!" - Jay, Red Group.

"PQA is like a second family to me, it is the highlight of my week. I learn lots of new skills and have fun whilst doing it. Our Principal, Oliver, is kind, caring, very knowledgeable and talented. He wants you to work hard so you can produce epic results (which we always do)!" - Lewie, Red Group.

"Our daughter joined PQA Richmond September 2017 on the recommendation from a friend, and we're so glad she did! It's really boosted her self-esteem, built her confidence, taught her skills she can use for the rest of her life, and they allow her to be completely her wonderful self. They avoid the trap of training "stagey" kids, because their focus is very much on being helpful, kind, caring towards their entire group, and they allow every single child to shine, and reward hard work and courage, no matter what your starting point or previous experience. All the teachers are working professional actors and performers, and they teach with great skill and discipline, but with lots of energy and a great sense of fun, helping the children develop their skills and sense of self. As a professional working actor myself, I can say that I'm so grateful to my friend for recommending this for our daughter, and I only wish I'd had PQA when I was young. It's a truly magical place!" -Blue Group parent

Meet the Team



Oliver - Principal

Oliver began drama classes at the age of six with The Guildhall School of Speech & Drama and got accepted to join The National Youth Theatre aged thirteen. Oliver gained a B.A. (Honours) degree at The University of South Florida & Middlesex University in 'Drama & Theatre Studies' before training as an actor at the highly prestigious Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.

Film & Television credits include 'Red Dwarf', 'The Mysti Show', 'Sinbad: The Persian Prince' & 'From Bard to Verse'. West End Theatre credits include 'Bombitty of Errors', 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' & 'Twelfth Night'. Voiceovers include The Disney Channel, Buckingham Palace, BBC Worldwide, Virgin Media, eBay, Currys, Morissons, Nissan, Seat, T-Mobile, BT & Kellogs.

Oliver voices Tink for Nickelodeon's 'Bin Weevils' and lends his voice to many computer games, including; 'Dragon Age: Inquisition', 'Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch', 'Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy', 'Soul Sacrifice' & 'Inazuma Eleven'.

Oliver has been working in education and delivering drama classes across the UK since 2001, clients include; CBBC, The National Youth Theatre, The Brand Conspiracy, IntoUniversity, PPA Academy, Trade secrets, Wind and Foster, O2 Mobile & hundreds of primary and secondary schools. Oliver was previously the Comedy & Drama Teacher/Vice Principal and is delighted to now be Principal!


Vice Principal / Comedy & Drama

Kluane - Vice Principal / Comedy & Drama

Kluane is an actor, singer and theatre-maker, with extensive dance and movement training. She graduated with a degree in 'Performance Voice (Singing)' from Victoria University of Wellington, in 2007. A few years later, she graduated with a first class B.A. (Honours) degree in 'Acting' at The LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore.

In 2016, Kluane took her own show 'An Old Fashioned Girl' to Brighton Fringe and Bedfringe, as well as several Theatres in London. Her other recent stage roles include playing Phyllis in the sold out run of 'Somewhere in England' (New Wimbledon Studio), Cath in 'Where's Your Mama Gone' (Hen & Chickens), and Maddie in 'Devilish!' (Tristan Bates).

Alongside her performing career, Kluane has enjoyed teaching young people drama, singing and dance for the past 10 years. She has also worked privately and ran masterclasses for adults. Kluane has directed 'a-play-in-a-week' projects, summer workshops, as well as directing several 10 minute plays for the 'Short and Sweet' Festival.


Film & Television

April - Film & Television

April is a London based filmmaker and Production Designer. She has worked on numerous productions, including short narrative films, music videos, commercials, documentaries and feature films. Organisations she has worked with include; The Whitechapel Gallery, Rough Trade, Heineken UK, Cornetto, Save the Children and more. She won the Best Production Design Award at Kodak Commercial Awards in 2015. She also has experience and loves working with immersive theatre and installation projects. April thoroughly enjoys working with children and has spent the last year teaching in Andorra.

She graduated from Film and Television Production at University of Westminster, specialising in Production Design and Art Direction.

April is extremely excited to join the PQA team and create amazing projects together.


Musical Theatre

Alexandra - Musical Theatre

Alexandra trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts graduating with a degree in 'Musical Theatre'.

Upon graduating, Alex landed her first role on BBC's 'Doctors', before going on to play Tiger Lily in 'Peter Pan' at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, later that same year.

Alexandra has just returned from playing Anne in the UK Tour of 'La Cage Aux Folles'.

Alex is thrilled to be coming back to PQA Richmond as the Musical Theatre teacher this year.



Samantha - Poppets

Samantha began training aged 6 and started working part time as an actress in children's theatre in 2014. She is currently working full time as an actress, performer and performing arts teacher. She has loved every moment spent with her bright, bubbly and incredibly talented pupils and feels like she has the best job in the world here at PQA.



Sam - Poppets

Samantha has a long held passion for dance and was an experienced performer before retraining to become a teaching assistant. A proud PQA parent, Sam is thrilled to be joining the Poppets team and combining her two passions, education and the performing arts.


Teaching Assistant / Film & TV Assistant

Emma - Teaching Assistant / Film & TV Assistant

Emma trained at the University of Cumbria, graduating in 2013, with a BA Joint Honours degree in 'Musical Theatre' and 'Dance Performance'. Emma has performed in many different shows and has an abundance of experience performing for and working with children.

She has played many roles which include; The Queen of Hearts in 'Alice in Wonderland', Bo Peep in 'Rhyming Capers', Elaine in 'Chaos and Stratyllis in Lysistrata'. She has also played many roles within the tourist attraction 'Shrek's Adventure' and is pretty good friends with Princess Fiona.

Emma is currently striving towards breaking into screen performance. She is very pleased to be a part of the PQA Richmond family.


Teaching Assistant

Eve - Teaching Assistant

Eve is a former PQA student who is now studying Drama, Theatre Studies, English Literature and Fine Art at A-Level.

She has a passion for working with young people and the performing arts. She loves nothing more than seeing a student's confidence grow and fulfilling their potential.

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Saturdays 09.45 - 13.00 & 13.45 - 17.00
Poppets 10.00 - 11.30 & 12.00 - 13.30

Christ's School
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Richmond Upon Thames
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