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Hi everyone and welcome to PQA St Albans.

We are an exciting dedicated performing arts academy with sessions for kids, teenagers and young adults specialising in Comedy and Drama, Musical Theatre (singing, dancing and acting) and Film and Television (which covers film making and all aspects of media training.)

Our St Albans Academy operates out of The SandPit Theatre on site at The Sandringham School, Ridgeway, St Albans AL4 9NX every Sunday from 9.45am – 1pm.

Here we welcome students from the ages of 4 to 18 years, all based within the areas of St Albans, Sandridge, Luton, London Colney, Colney Heath, Stevenage, Frogmore, Brickey Wood, Radlett, Childwickbury, Redbourne, Oaklands, Napsbury, Coleman Green, and Tyttenhanger.

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Note from our Principal:

Students of our Academy often ask me what it is like to be a Principal of a Performing Arts Academy and my answer is very simple. I live for PQA St Albans on my Sundays.

The chance to challenge, encourage and inspire every child who attends our Academy is the greatest gift of all, and even better, it's my job! If you have children or are surrounded by them, you will know that every child has different levels of ability and confidence. I pride myself on being able to take any child, at any stage of their life, with any ability, and help them grow and achieve through nurturing and belief.

My academy at The Sand Pit Theatre (a St Albans Theatre similar to the Abbey Theatre) is focused on supporting the community, which in turn helps support the local children from St Albans and surrounding areas. We offer a place to come every Sunday to express themselves through performing arts, building confidence and learning life changing skills through a well-recognised art form.

If you have a child that has lots of energy, an interest in performing or maybe just lacking in confidence, then PQA St Albans should be their first point of call every Sunday at The Sandringham School Campus.

PQA St Albans are pleased to announce that our Academy also give our younger generation a platform to create, inspire and explore with our POPPETS class aimed at children 4 - 5 years.
Supported by the Pre-School Alliance, this class will run for 90 mins and offer children the chance to enter imaginary worlds with great adventures all guided through song, dance and movement. Poppets classes give children an early stage approach to acting for stage, screen and musical theatre. They can dress up, enjoy great adventures and become 'Poppet of the Week!'

If you'd like to experience any of these great opportunities, then feel free to call me so we can arrange a FREE TASTER SESSION.

We look forward to welcoming you to PQA Harrogate!

David Jenkins
Principal
david.jenkins@pqacademy.com
07875695542

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Comedy & Drama Classes

Our comedy and drama lessons provide our students with the knowledge of theatrical forms and techniques including: Improvisation and devised theatre to mime, mask, script work and vocal techniques in projection and diction.

Musical Theatre Classes

Musical Theatre classes combine singing, dance and acting. We teach our students a range of vocal and dance techniques giving them the ability to pass from dialogue to song and dance seamlessly within a performance.

Film & Television Classes

PQA is the largest provider of Film and Television education in the UK for under 18s. Our students will discover and develop talents in areas such as script writing, directing and acting for camera.

And so much more! 

Specialist Masterclasses, Quirky Kidz Agency, West End Theatre Shows, Trinity College Exams, Film Festivals, Creative Stages Reports, Local Cinema Screenings, Showcases & PQATV

Meet the Team

David Jenkins

Principal

David Jenkins - Principal

David comes from that beautiful country better known as Wales. He first became captivated by the arts after being selected to play Oliver in his school production. He then joined the professional industry at the age of 16 and embarked on a career both as an actor and a technician which took him from Stage Hand right through to Production Manager.

A few stage credits include : Tommy The Cat, 'Dick Wittington' (Owen Money theatre Company), Bobby 'Family Planning' (Grassroots Theatre Company), Mansel 'One 'O' Clock From The House (Grassroots), Billy Cuthbertson 'Shark Bait Reef' (Merlin)

Television Credits include : Doctor Who (BBC), Kiss Of Death (ITV), The Cockle farmer (Channel 4), Pwbl-y-cwm (S4C,Wales) Torchwood (BBC), Doctors (BBC),The Stephen Kay Amos Comedy Club (ITV)

David has a deep passion for Comedy and has pursued this by writing and producing his own work including comedy play 'Engaged' (Upstairs at the Gatehouse). He is also in the process of creating a brand new comedy musical , so watch this space....

David has always being inspired by his work with children. He worked many years within the entertainment world of the Alton Towers Resort, as well as previously owning a Children's theatre company specializing in parties and productions in the midland area (Admit Fun & Admit Productions).

David is so excited by the amazing journey ahead for all the talented PQA children and staff at St Albans and cannot wait to get "This show on the road!"

Joanna

Vice Principal / Musical Theatre

Joanna - Vice Principal / Musical Theatre

Joanna studied Musical Theatre at The Urdang Academy in London and has been involved in a number projects on both stage and screen. During her training Joanna appeared in 'Guys and Dolls', playing 'General Cartwright' and 'Evita' as a featured vocalist, whilst working alongside some of the industry's most prominent directors and choreographers .

Professional Theatre credits include Ruby in new musical "Finding Daddy" (Goodnight's Entertainment), Cheryl in "Mums and Prams" Tour (Good Nights Entertainment), "La Boheme" (Opera Up Close), and The Swallow in a musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde's "The Happy Prince" UK Tour (Image Musical Theatre.)

Screen Credits include show girl in "Interval" (Trademark Media Ltd), Annabelle in "The Collector's Room, Episode 2? ( Boddicker Scripts), "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (Feature Film- Warner Brothers), "Closer" (Feature Film- Mike Nichols) and "Derailed" (ITV Doco-drama.)

Joanna has recently returned from a 7 month contract as Lead Production Vocalist on the Celebrity Infinity, Cruising Canada and Alaska where she performed a variety of stage shows, including the role of Debs in "Boogie Nights"(Qdos Productions.)

Carly

Vice Principal / Comedy & Drama

Carly - Vice Principal / Comedy & Drama

After graduating from Brunel University with a BA in Modern Drama, Carly then trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama achieving an MA in Performance Practices and Research.

During her studies she researched and experienced a wide range of performance styles, including Physical Theatre, Performance Art, Clowning and Puppetry.

Since graduating Carly has been working professionally as an actor mainly in devised work or new writing. She is one of the founding members of Out House Collective, an associate company of The Roundhouse, Camden, and she has work alongside renowned performance artist Marisa Carnesky on several projects, including Carnesky's Tarot Drome at the Old Vic Tunnels.

Carly is the presenter of the popular children's television show 'Learn to Dance' on (Tiny Pop), the voice of the new 'Bizzy the Butterfly' audio books and a also an acclaimed published writer.

Carly is really pleased to be working with all the amazing students and teachers at PQA Hemel Hempstead and can't wait to get started! She is looking forward to seeing what wonderful pieces of performance we can create together...

Ben

Film & Television

Ben - Film & Television

In 2011, Ben directed and co-wrote Animal Charm, starring Boy George, Michael Urie, Sally Phillips, Sadie Frost and Emily Beecham.

In early 2012, Ben created "Suzie Lovitt", a 10-minute short starring eight-year-old Rudy Law (son of Sadie Frost and Jude Law). The film was written by Ben and Dominic Wells. "Suzie Lovitt" has only been screened once for a private event in Leicester Square in early 2012.

In early 2013 Ben directed Dotty, co-written with Dominic Wells. The film was produced by Blonde to Black Pictures and Ben Charles Edwards. Sadie Frost won "Best Actress" at the Hollywood Independent Film Festival for her portrayal of the title character. The film was also selected for a further 18 international film festivals and received its European Premiere at Raindance Film Festival 2014 in its hometown of London.

In 2016 Ben directed his motion picture debut Set the Thames on Fire, produced by Blonde To Black Pictures. Set the Thames on Fire is a fantasy film, directed by Ben Charles Edwards and written by Al Joshua. The dark comedy stars Michael Winder and Max Bennet as Art & Sal, two boys who fall through the clockwork of a grotesque, nightmare London, endeavouring to survive and escape, and perhaps find hope. The cast also includes Noel Fielding, David Hoyle, Sally Phillips, and Lily Loveless.

Other work includes his short musical film The Town That Boars Me (2008), a series of short films entitled "A Picture Book Of London Town", and Giles (a study of Giles Deacon) for Vogue Italia.

James

Support Staff / Musical Theatre cover

James - Support Staff / Musical Theatre cover

James original trained in classical dance at Pattison College in Coventry before attending Mountview Academy of Theatre arts in London where he gained his BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre.

His theatre credits include O'Rourke in Face The Music for All Star Productions where he was nominated for an Off West End award for best male performance. Enoch Snow Jr. and dance captain in Carousel at The Landor Theatre and he created the role of Den and Mr Fletcher in Newland a brand new musical that did a run at the Edinburgh fringe festival. James has also appeared in many pantomimes all over the country. And he performed as a singer and dancer on-board the Celebrity Summit for Qdos Productions.

As well as an actor and dancer James also choreographs, titles include Lucky Stiff at the Landor Theatre, the European premiere of Cole Porter's Jubilee at the Tabard theatre, The UK tour of A Christmas Carol and a London run at the Charing Cross Theatre, an evening of Jerry Herman music at The St. Paul's Actors church, Song and Dance for Mountview Academy Of Theatre Arts, and most recently he has just appeared and choreographed the pantomime Snow White at the Grimsby auditorium.

Sarah

Poppets / Support Staff

Sarah - Poppets / Support Staff

Sarah studied Drama at the University of East Anglia, and then Songwriting and Music Production at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. Her background is in comedy, improvisation and musical theatre.

She is currently developing her one-woman show, Sally's Alright, for London performances in 2016, alongside writing and filming a collection of monologues and sketches for her project, Words with Faces. She works as a gigging singer, songwriter and singing teacher. She is trained in the Estill vocal technique.

Sarah's acting training covered a range of methods, though it is her Advanced Meisner training which is most influential. She has been trained in stage combat and Period dance, and worked in a variety of production roles.

Notable roles with Minotaur Theatre Company include: Masha in Three Sisters; Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors; and Parsons in Jerusalem, which she also performed at the NSDF. She has performed lots of new writing and devised pieces with a number of companies, and has acted in several short films. She performed Timberlake Wertenbaker's, Our Ajax, in front of Timberlake Wertenbaker herself, when it was still in its development stage, to assist her development of the script.

Sarah was an original member of an all-female theatre company, raising over £2000 for domestic abuse charity, Leeway, from its first year's single performance of The Vagina Monologues, in association with V-Day. The company continues to grow every year.

Rach

Support Staff

Rach - Support Staff

Rachel is a professional actor, musician and singer with an extensive background in theatre and film.

Since graduating from Drama Studio London in 2010, Rachel has worked professionally as an actor both in the UK and internationally. Her theatre credits include Bill Kenwright's UK No.1 tours, Dreamboats and Petticoats and Save The Last Dance For Me; Sweet Charity at The New Wolsey Theatre; European Arts Company's Italian tour of Pride and Prejudice, and the UK No.1 tour of Carnaby Street. She has also featured in various pantomimes across the country, from The Queens Theatre, Hornchurch to Theatr Clwyd, Wales.

Rachel is an accomplished musician and singer, specialising in saxophone, flute and clarinet. She particular enjoys working in Actor-Musician productions, a fast-growing genre within the industry in which actors and singers also feature as live musicians.

On screen, Rachel has appeared in a number of feature and short films including; Zombie Resurrection (Charmed Apocalypse Pictures), Duet (Stage Factory, Seoul) and Dead Beautiful (d-d films).

Rachel also enjoys working in theatre in education as a freelance drama facilitator. She has an MA in English Literature from The University of Sheffield.

Rachel believes that performance skills can have a transformative power in the lives of young people, helping to  build confidence, develop social skills and allowing children to express themselves in new and creative ways. She is delighted to be
joining the PQA Hemel Hempstead Team.

Ruthie

Poppets Assistant / Support Staff

Ruthie - Poppets Assistant / Support Staff

After graduating from the National Youth Theatre summer course in 2017 Ruthie is now a member of NYT and is an ambassador for the company, giving lectures and workshops with her fellow course members to a variety of different age groups.

She's a keen performer, working frequently with the Rickmansworth Players both performing and running drama workshops with them.

Ruthie has been working for PQA since September 2016, and has watched many of the Poppets and Main Academy grow up and move through the stages of PQA, evolving into young performers.

Ruthie loves working with the Poppets helping to entertain, teach and inspire them to continue exploring the dramatic arts in whatever they do.

Charlie

Support Staff

Charlie - Support Staff

Charlie's training includes two years at West Herts College, where he achieved a Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts and 4 years at The Pauline Quirke Academy, Hemel Hempstead, where he left with a Distinction in both Level 3 and Level 4 in his Trinity College London exams in Musical Theatre and Production.

Charlie has appeared in theatre shows before and show experience includes: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Hertford Theatre); We Will Rock You (The Alban Arena) and Inspector Buddy in The Lazy Ace (Her Majesty's Theatre London). He will also be performing as Beast this summer in Beauty and the Beast (The Alban Arena) with Brilliant Theatre Arts. Television includes supporting roles in both Liar (ITV 1 Drama, September 2017) and Endeavour.

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Location

Sunday 09.45 - 13.00
Poppets 10.00 - 11.30 & 11.40 - 13.10

The SandPit Theatre
Sandringham School Academy Trust
The Ridgeway
St Albans
Hertfordshire
AL4 9NX

 

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