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WELCOME TO PQA ST ALBANS!

We operate on Sundays from 9.45am-1pm, where we welcome students aged 4 to 18. Each week students have sessions in Comedy & Drama, Musical Theatre and Film & Television, led by our fantastic team of Teachers.

We are always working on exciting projects which feature our students performing in a variety of different roles, in musicals, plays and films.

We are passionate about every student's personal journey with us, and the whole team work hard to ensure every single student is given the opportunity to become the best performer they can be, and reach their potential creatively. Every student has something unique to offer, and it's our job to encourage this and develop it!

We would love to show you what we do here at PQA St Albans. If you're interested in a free taster session, please call us for a chat and we'll arrange for you to visit the Academy. Alternatively, you can request a brochure or enrol online now – we look forward to welcoming you to PQA St Albans!

David Jenkins – Principal PQA St Albans
david.jenkins@pqacademy.com
07875695542

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.

Ruthie

Poppets Assistant / Support Staff

Ruthie - Poppets Assistant / Support Staff

Francesca

Support Staff

Francesca - Support Staff

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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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