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Our aim is to introduce the ethos behind The Pauline Quirke Academy, to demonstrate what we do and how we achieve our goals, how your children will benefit from our classes and, above all, to allow your children to get a flavour of The Academy.

Following a brief introduction the children are divided into age groups and get to sample classes in Musical Theatre, Comedy & Drama and Film & Television (don't worry if your child does not want to join in at this stage, we know that some will be shy, they can just watch and possibly have a go when they're ready). Parents are welcome to stay with their children – of course this happens with the younger groups but teenagers will usually not have their parents anywhere near an unpolished performance!

During the classes parents can have some refreshments, a chat with the PQA staff, and really begin to learn what we are all about! We would also encourage spending some time sneaking a look at your children during their sessions. They really are great fun...
...I look forward to meeting you on the day!

Holly Williams – Principal PQA Shrewsbury

Meet the Team



Holly - Principal

Originally from Much Wenlock Holly has always been actively involved in the Shropshire arts scene. Making her professional debut at age fifteen Holly went on to study musical theatre at the Mountview academy of theatre arts in London and worked professionally in the industry for five years before settling down to start a family.

Whilst performing Holly also coached students privately and in group classes in musical theatre, singing and acting. As well as performing Holly has experience writing, producing and directing for cabaret, festivals and in schools.

Holly's theatre credits include 'Juliet' in Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet', 'Cordelia' in 'King Lear'. Musical theatre credits include 'The Hired Man' - anniversary performance with Jenna Russel, John Owen Jones and Howard Goodall, 'Sarah Brown' in 'Guys and Dolls'. Screen credits include 'Sarah' in the multi award winning film 'How not to disappear completely' and 'Narrator' in 'GOOGLE - How to kill God'.

Holly has worked with various theatre and cabaret festivals producing and directing sketches, acts and feature length productions. Production credits include VAULT festival, PRIDE London and the Brick lane theatre festival.

Holly is very excited to be working with the Pauline Quirke Academy again and hopes she can bring as much joy to her students as her teachers did for her.


Comedy and Drama teacher

Rebecca - Comedy and Drama teacher

Since completing a B.A (Hons) in English and Drama, I have worked as an Actor, Youth Theatre Director and Drama Workshop Facilitator for companies such as Bigfoot and Sideways Theatre, Rapid Pics and Birmingham Opera Company. In addition, I have over ten years experience as a Primary School Teacher in a diverse range of schools in Birmingham and London.
I have recently returned to my home town of Shrewsbury with my one year old twin boys and three year old daughter and am looking forward to passing on my love of drama in my classes. I hope to help the children I teach develop their confidence and creativity, improve their acting skills and techniques while having fun and making friends along the way.


Film & TV teacher

Mike - Film & TV teacher

Born and bred in Shrewsbury, Michael has always been a passionate fan of television and cinema. He began his career in film making with a love of photography at a young age. Photography developed into cinematography in his teens where he spent a great deal of time filming short videos for friends.

Michael went on to study the production of live events and television at the University of Arts London. Here he met a multitude of talented people with whom he had many opportunities to work with. His freelancing career ranged across all areas of the production process, from theatrical stage lighting to studio camera operating.

His career then became full time after he graduated when he took a job as an assistant producer for Sky television. He helped produce a small show focused on mental health and found great satisfaction helping those in need. At the same time, he began to develop his own writing skills by taking on freelance writing opportunities.

Shortly after his contract with the television company ended, Michael decided instead of continuing with the industry he wanted to further his experiences. He moved to Japan where he taught English for just shy of two years.

After his stint in Japan, Michael returned to England filled with inspiration. He decided to continue to develop his writing skills and passions in his spare time.

When Michael discovered Pauline Quirke Academy he was ecstatic at the opportunity to share the knowledge he has gathered with the future professionals of the industry. His main hope from his lessons is to learn just as much as he teaches from the kids.


Poppets Teacher

Megan - Poppets Teacher

I have worked with children my whole life starting with the job of preschool assistant and running a drama club on my school lunch break.

I have recently graduated with First Class Honours in Applied Theatre from a London University where I worked with a range of community groups and vulnerable people running drama workshops nationally and internationally.

This year as well as starting my exciting journey as Poppets teacher I will also begin my teacher training in the subject of Drama.

I am super excited to work with the Poppets to aid them in having fun as well as growing as young individuals using theatre and play.


Academy Assistant

Chloe - Academy Assistant

Dance has always been a passion of mine and I have experience in Ballroom, Latina American, cheer, street, contemporary, commercial and ballet.

I took drama as a GCSE and enjoyed every second of it!
It made me grow as a person and built up my confidence and self-esteem.

I have just completed my first year at Shrewsbury college doing performing arts and Btec dance for which I received a distinction star.

From the age of five I wanted to be a teacher and I have experience of working with nursery children. I have taught dance classes within the dance schools I have attended and I also held workshops at Shrewsbury Kids fest 2018.

I know working at PQA will be a great opportunity for everyone involved.

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Saturdays 09.45 - 13.00
Poppets 10.00 - 11.30

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The Darwin Block
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