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Welcome to PQA Sheffield. Our launch day on Saturday 18 April 2015 was totally amazing. So many enthusiastic youngsters eager to find out about our wonderful academy turned up with their parents and took part in a feast of musical theatre, comedy & drama and film & television.
If you are interested in joining us we run free taster sessions every Saturday. Send an email to [email protected] to book a place.
So what is in store for our Sheffield children? We have been busy planning lessons, events and master classes to take us to the end of 2018. We have previously staged a Musical theatre Showcase, a National Film Festival competition and Trinity Drama examination performance to keep everyone on their toes.
I am so excited to get the academy into full swing for 2018, and look forward to working with such talented children.
Christine Cooksey - Principal - PQA Sheffield - [email protected]
Christine Cooksey BA, ALCM, PGCE
I am delighted to be Principal of PQA Sheffield and feel very privileged to work with so
many talented children from across the region.
I studied music at Bretton Hall College, West Yorkshire and later did my teacher training at
The Roehampton Institute in London. Since then I have worked as a performing arts
teacher in schools in London and Yorkshire.
I am a trained singer and vocal coach and for many years performed with an international
touring choir called 'Sine Nominee' performing in concerts across the UK and Europe. My
connection with Sheffield started thirty years ago when I sang with Sheffield's Sterndale
Singers and performed in concerts across Sheffield including Sheffield Cathedral.
In recent years my musical career took on a new dimension when I became involved in
musical theatre. I have have worked as the Musical Director for local theatre's and
amateur societies working with adult and junior groups. In 2005, I formed a youth theatre
group based in Penistone near Sheffield and with the help of £10,000 arts council funding,
I produced our first production, the National Musical Youth Theatre's version of 'Whistle
Down The Wind'. I went on to produce many more theatre productions with young people
and adults including West Side Story, Fame the Musical, Footloose, Les Miserables
(school edition) and Rock of Ages. My youth theatre group was fortunate to be selected as
one of the first groups to stage the musical Billy Elliot, as part of the Billy Elliot Youth
Project. I attended a workshop in London and met the producer and musical director and
some of the wonderful children who were playing the character of Billy in the West End
My involvement in performing arts is very much a family affair! My son Tom is a musician
and music producer based in London and is currently on a world & UK tour with several
different bands. My daughter Madeleine trained at The Urdang Academy and is an actress
based in London who commutes to Sheffield every week to teach Musical Theatre at PQA.
She is also our PQA Sheffield Vice Principal. My husband Steve is a familiar face at the
academy and is responsible for building props for our theatre productions.
After a lifetime of music making and commitment to provide performance opportunities for
people of all ages, I am proud to be principal of PQA Sheffield. It is fabulous academy, with
such talented children and very supportive parents. We always have an extensive
schedule of internal and external activities to suit the skills of all our children. It has been
an exciting journey so far, and I am always delighted to meet new students to welcome
them into our PQA family
Vice Principal / Musical Theatre
Madeleine is a professional actress and singer. She trained at the Urdang Academy where she graduated in July 2013 with a Professional Performers Diploma in Musical Theatre. Madeleine also has a diploma in singing from the London College of Music, and is currently working in London as a session singer. Madeleine is delighted to be popping up to Yorkshire each week to work with the children at PQA Sheffield.
Comedy & Drama
Molly is a recent graduate of The Arden School of Theatre in Manchester. She holds a BA Hons in Musical Theatre also has qualifications in singing from the London College of Music. She has featured in shows such as Cabaret and Bonnie and Clyde in Manchester theatres and recently performed at her end of year showcase in Leicester Square London. Molly has worked with young people in youth theatre productions and regularly tutored at PQA Barnsley whilst at university. Molly is thrilled with her new post at PQA Sheffield and cannot wait to get started.
Film & Television
Luke is a film production specialist, with a love of the digital arts. In 2011, he graduated from Sheffield Hallam University, with a Ba (Hons) in Film and Media Production.
Over the last few years, Luke has developed a range of technical skills through working freelance. He has produced and directed short documentaries and dramas, undertaken extensive post-production and has received high praise for his sound work at international festivals.
Luke is also a teacher of Media, both practical and theoretical, and has a particular interest in the application of audio in visual media.
Film & Television
Independent Female Filmmaker Georgia Ball is based in Yorkshire, UK. Georgia is a passionate believer in giving everyone a voice. An eclectic Filmmaker, Georgia has Produced, Directed and Photographed a multitude of films which are currently making their way around the UK and the Global Film Festival circuits.
She has a Master of Arts degree of the highest class in Film. Looking ahead to the future, Georgia is continuing to pursue her Freelance career, working on a wide variety of moving image productions including short drama films, short and feature documentaries, music videos, charity films, adverts and corporate work. She is particularly interested in the Psychology of the Image and the capacity of Film to elicit an emotional response from an audience. Georgia is really looking forward to providing children at PQA Sheffield with a first class film making experience.
Laura is delighted to be teaching our lovely poppets.
Laura has A level qualifications in Performing Arts and is currently working on her Musical Theatre Diploma with the London College of Music. She is a seasoned local performer and has appeared in many musical theatre productions across the Rotherham area.
Laura currently works as a Primary school teaching assistant in a local school.
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