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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 on 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 within their field.

Running the Academy involves an array of roles, the most important of these being to create and maintain an environment in which our students are able to achieve their full potential. For some, this will be a journey of finding a voice and gaining confidence; for others, an opportunity to join our highly successful agency, Quirky Kidz, and embark on the training required for a professional career within the arts. We have already seen students film for Channel 4, ITV and record national advertisement campaigns.

We are always looking to facilitate performance opportunity for the students. This term we are very excited to announce we shall be performing in The Shaftesbury Theatre in the West End! Watch this space!

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 at 1pm!

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.

Charlie Langham - Principal
PQA Richmond
charlie.langham@pqacademy.com
07818 064 283

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"Going to PQA has been the best thing I've ever done. Charlie has made my confidence go from 2 to 10, for this I'm grateful. She teaches all of her students her full knowledge of Musical Theatre and we all learn so much! Charlie has made PQA Richmond the place to be! PQA is amazing because the teachers make you feel so comfortable and help you a lot, I've been there for 18 months and have made life long friends and have learnt so much to help me in my future career. At PQA you will always be yourself, and be amazing!" Jade, Red Group

"I recently joined PQA Richmond academy and I have taken part in one show so far with them. Even though I have not been here long I feel very welcomed and at ease -everyone here is so open and friendly. The staff are extremely supportive of me and my siblings, always pushing us to do our best and thanks to this I feel I have been able to progress in all fields of drama." Serephina, Red Group

Meet the Team

Charlie Langham

Principal

Charlie Langham - Principal

Charlie trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts on their prestigious Musical Theatre degree programme. In her final year, Charlie auditioned for and was personally chosen by Elaine Paige to appear on her television show, The Elaine Paige Show on Sky Arts. Upon graduating, Charlie enjoyed success as an actress and voice over artist in the West End and on tour.

Charlie now runs PQA Richmond alongside her career as a playwright and vocal coach within both the corporate and educational sectors. She is currently studying psychodynamic psychotherapy at the University of Oxford.

"The Pauline Quirke Academy in Richmond is run by a team of hard working professionals, known and well regarded in the performing arts industry and educational sector for delivering excellence, inspiring young individuals through structured, brilliant and fun practical work rooted in exploration of various performing genres. It is my ambition to ensure each and every student gains and grows in technical ability but, most importantly, develops an inner confidence that is carried through life."

Judy

Vice Principal /Poppets Assistant

Judy - Vice Principal /Poppets Assistant

Judy is an inspiring teacher who has worked with early stages (Nursery) through to Year 6 in a variety of schools where she specialised in the pastoral care and wellbeing of children. Judy has vast experience working with individuals who have Learning Difficulties, Dyslexia and Autism. She loves the Performing Arts industry and can always be found singing! Her daughter has been acting professionally since a young age and so Judy fully understands the process of parenting a child who is passionate to perform.

Judy has now left full-time teaching in order to run PQA Richmond alongside Charlie. She is incredibly excited to be part of such a fantastic team.

Oliver

Vice Principal / Comedy & Drama

Oliver - Vice Principal / Comedy & Drama

Oliver studied acting at The National Youth Theatre and Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.

His television credits include: Rick in 'The Mysti Show' (BBC), Degraves in '7 Adventures of Sinbad' (SYFY USA) 'EastEnders' (BBC), 'From Bard to Verse' (BBC), Michael Arieta in the British feature film 'Untitled'.

West End stage credits include: 'Twelfth Night' and Luciana in 'The Bomb-itty of Errors'.

Oliver is also a prolific Voice Over Artist having voiced on 100's of commercials, narrations, audio guides, cartoons, TV stations and computer games. Clients include: Morissons, Nissan, Seat, Kellogg's, Virgin Media, The Disney Channel, CBBC, VIVA, GMTV, Channel 4, Nickelodeon, ('Dragon Age', 'Ni No Kuni', 'Professor Leyton', 'Soul Sacrifice', 'Inazuma Striker' - Sony PlayStation, SEGA, Nintendo and XBOX) Coors Light, The Guardian, Buckingham Palace, The Royal Mews, The Louvre, 'The Only Way is Essex' and HSBC.

Oliver is a highly sought-after teacher, working nationally as a drama facilitator and motivational speaker within hundreds of schools, councils and events bringing vibrant workshops in all genres of acting from Shakespeare to Pinter.

He loves working at PQA Richmond and is a highly valued member of the team.

Matthew

Film & Television

Matthew - Film & Television

Matthew is an Interdisciplinary Artist working across various art forms: Installation, Photography, Performance and Film. As a Dramaturg, Deviser, Director and Performer his work is in constant demand within London and Manchester and internationally. His work with PQA Richmond last year won the Academy 2 film awards for their submissions to the Film Festival.

Ste

Musical Theatre

Ste - Musical Theatre

Ste hails from West Yorkshire, and trained at Arts Educational, London. Graduating in 2009 gaining a BA Hons in Musical Theatre.


As a Choreographer and Movement Director, Ste's credits include; 4X15 NEW WORKS SHOWCASE (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield) ANYTHING GOES (Lost Theatre); LOCKHART (Mountview); A SUBJECT OF SCANDAL & CONCERN (Finborough Theatre); GODS & MONSTERS (Southwark Playhouse); ORPHEUS & EURYDICE (St. Mark's Crypt) PETER PAN (Barking); SNOW WHITE (Runcorn); BURNING PICTURES (Music Video - Kristofer); WEAVE (Music Video - Inca Maps); THE FORTUNETELLERS which are performing around the UK.

Theatre credits include: Jeff in the Original London Cast of GROUNDHOG DAY (The Old Vic, London); Tom in the Original UK Cast of BIG THE MUSICAL; Swing and understudy Bob Gaudio/ Tommy DeVito in JERSEY BOYS (UK Tour); Swing and understudy Galahad/Lancelot/Bedevere) in SPAMALOT (UK Tour); Swing and understudy Tommy/Foster Wilson in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (UK Tour); Horton The Elephant in SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL (Arts Theatre); Pig/Dragon Puppeteer and understudy Lord Farquaad in SHREK THE MUSICAL (Original London Cast Theatre Royal Drury Lane); Chalmers and understudy Will Parker in OKLAHOMA! (UK Tour); EVITA (UK Tour); BETWIXT! IN CONCERT (Ambassadors); Bacchus in ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD (Opera Holland Park).

Film and TV includes: LIKE MINDS; MACBETH; Henry VI/Richard III in THE HOLLOW CROWN and PEAKY BLINDERS.
Ste has also been teaching for over 10 years and has taught at multiple London Colleges like; ArtsEducational, Mountview, Performers and AMTA.

Beth

Poppets

Beth - Poppets

Beth graduated from Mountview 2015 with a degree in Musical Theatre. Since graduating, her professional acting work includes Bye Bye Birdie as the part of Nancy, and did Peter Pan in Eastbourne Pantomime at Christmas as one of Alex's Red Indians! She is very excited to be working with the Poppets at PQA Richmond.

Sam

Poppets Assistant

Sam - Poppets Assistant

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.

Lizzie

Film & Television Assistant

Lizzie - Film & Television Assistant

Lizzie is an actress from the West Midlands and has been teaching and running workshops for young people for several years. As a teenager, she played principal roles in both the National Youth Music Theatre (where she became a youth ambassador) and Youth Music Theatre: UK - both organisations that she continues to be involved with.

She then went on to train professionally in Musical Theatre at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts after spending a year at the Academy of Live and Recording Arts giving her grounding in all mediums of the performing arts. She is fully LAMDA qualified and holds all 7 Grade 8 exams at Distinction level. Lizzie has taught all ages from 3-18 in everything from film, television, radio and acting to singing and musical theatre.

As an actress, Lizzie played Izzy Blake in The Archers for six years as well as appearing in many afternoon plays for Radio Four including Treesplitting and the Gunpowder Women series.

Her stage work includes: Rita in Always Something There (London Theatre Workshop), Kate in Apartment 40c (London Theatre Workshop & St James), Sister Rolande in The Grand Tour (Finborough), Roma Queen in Yusupov, City Four in City of Angels, Shirley Markowitz in The Producers, Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Mountview), Featured Soloist in An Evening with Matt Lucas and Friends (NYMT: Vaudeville), Woman Two in Edges (Lichfield Garrick), Sheriff Pack in Out There (YMT: South Hill Park & Riverside Studios) and Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd (NYMT: Village Underground & The Rose, Kingston).

As well as her teaching, she is currently being kept busy her one-woman show written by Carolyn Scott-Jeffs and in development with London Theatre Workshop.

Rosalind

Teaching Assistant

Rosalind - Teaching Assistant

Rosalind Graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts on the Acting course in 2014. Since graduating she has spent her time writing comedy sketches and doing short films. She also spent four months in Hamburg playing the title role in Fat Pig.

Rosalind has always had a passion for teaching and loves working creatively with children and is very excited to begin work with PQA.

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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
Queens Road
Richmond Upon Thames
Surrey
TW10 6HW

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