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PQA Tees Valley provides outstanding performing arts tuition for 4-18 year olds.

If you are aged 16-25 click HERE for PQA Plus which offers advanced performing arts tuition for aspiring professionals.

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We operate on a Saturday morning 10am-1pm and 2-5pm at Stockton Riverside College.

Our aim is to ensure a high level of performance industry training, while gaining confidence, developing life skills and having lots of fun along the way.

The academy has superb facilities that include a theatre that seats 171 people, where students will learn to develop their comedy and drama skills. It is also perfect to showcase their talent, with the use of their brilliant lighting rig and sound system. The dance studio is air conditioned, with sprung floor and mirrored walls, so you can strut your funky stuff, while in musical theatre. The T.V. room has a removable green screen so you can create any weird and wonderful set your imagination comes up with.

All our excellent practitioners deliver fun filled, creative, high energy, action packed sessions.

Have a look, to see for yourself!

Try your hand at classes in Comedy and Drama, Musical theatre and Film & T.V. We also offer "Poppet" classes for our young pupils, which will be all of the above condensed into a shorter session, 10am – 11:30am. From time to time we will also have master classes in Street dance, theatrical make up, clowning and puppetry.

Other things to look forward to as well as your weekly sessions are; West-end shows, film premier events, which you will be staring in. Plus the opportunity to take part in Trinity exams, with no extra cost to your parents.

If you have a passion for singing, a love of dancing, perhaps you want to be the next big film director or you just want to have fun, while learning new skills, contact us today to book your free taster session. laura.lonsdale@pqacademy.com or call 07936546347

We look forward to meeting you.

Laura Lonsdale
Principal
laura.lonsdale@pqacademy.com

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Meet the Team

Laura Lonsdale

Principal

Laura Lonsdale - Principal

Hello, my name is Laura and I am honored to say that I have been been the poud principal of PQA TEES VALLEY for three years now and I adore every minute of it!

As a proud "Smoggy", born and bred in Middlesbrough, I have a passion to bring a high standard of performance industry training to the area and most importantly to you, the next generation of performers.

I started my training at Sylvia Young Theatre School, so I understand the importance of developing your skills, from a young age. It was an education for life both on and off the stage. At 18 I attended the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA). My career started as soon as I left drama school, I literally hit the road running, going on a national tour with Hull Truck Theatre and I have never looked back.

Being an actor gives you a chance to be whoever you want to be and I have been lot's of different characters, both on and off screen. A chocolate factory worker for the BBC, a blushing bride for ITV and a women scorned in the West end. It's been a fantastic seventeen years in the industry and long may it continue. I also have my own theatre company, where we write, create and produce our own pieces of theatre.

I became a practitioner, as I wanted to pass on the skills I had been taught. You never stop learning and developing your talent. Working with young people reminds me of that on a weekly basis. Not only do you get insider knowledge of what it is like to work within the business, you will get someone who has been training young people for over nine years. With the correct nurture and guidance, students will develop, grow and discover new possibilities, that where never open to them before.

PQA Tees Valley wants you to learn new skills, in safe, fun and creative environment. Become different characters, sing like no one is listening, dance like no one is watching and most importantly be yourself. Gain the confidence, techniques and determination to stand out in a crowd.

So if you just can't wait to be king, defy gravity or you simply can't stop the beat!

Come along and meet us.

As William Shakespeare said "All the worlds a stage."

Dora Strang – Equus / Maggie Hobson – Hobson's choice both at the Lion Eagles theatre.
Mandy Wild – Studs – Hull Truck theatre (national tour) and Arc – Stockton.
Shelia – The Shy gasman – Southwark playhouse.
Maxine – Like a virgin – National tour.
Sandra – Beautiful thing / Reggie Fluety – Laramie project – Hazel Pearson theatre.
Jean – Your home in the west – Middlesbrough theatre.
Denise – Miss Crispy 1988 – National tour.
Sandra – Beautiful Thing / Sarah – Your Home in the west / Helen Stott – A Nightingale Sang / Carol – Shakers – All at Middlesbrough Theatre.
Jackie – Waiting for Gateaux / Rita – Educating Rita – Both a t Customs House.

T.V credits:
Denise – The Royal – ITV.
Nancy – The Eustace brothers – BBC 1.
Tracy – Bodies – BBC 2.
Barbara – Mrs David – BBC 2.
Sara – (Regular) – Rocket Man – BBC 1.
Sandra – Dalziel and Pascoe – BBC 1.

Film credits:
Liz – Awake – Short film.

 

Sarah

Vice Principal / Poppets

Sarah - Vice Principal / Poppets

Sarah is from the Stockton area, and studied BTEC performing arts in 2008 under the guidance of Laura Lonsdale, where she successfully attainted a distinction.

Dancing from a young age, Sarah has first class experience of what it is like to be a young performer and the journey that your children are about to experience. She has performed in small scale school productions and larger local productions at Middlesbrough theatre.

Since leaving school, Sarah successfully achieved a Certificate of Higher Education in Early childhood studies from Teesside University, learning to work very comfortably with children from all walks of life. She has worked with children in a variety of settings including classroom and more informal relaxed settings. Coming from a big family she is no stranger to a group of small children with big personalities.

More recently, Sarah was able to work with the Young Americans, a non profit organisation from Corona L.A. inspiring children in schools with their wonderful choral music.

Sarah is very excited to be working alongside the rest of the PQA tees valley team, and will be a hands on friendly face to ensure the students feel safe and comfortable! It is her goal to provide this nourishing environment to enable our students' talents to flourish!

Maria

Musical Theatre

Maria - Musical Theatre

Maria is originally from the North East and trained in dance at the Justine Kavanagh Theatre School. At age 18, she received a scholarship at The Mountview Theatre Academy and moved to London to study on the Acting Foundation course. After this, receiving a second scholarship, she went on to train at The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts and received a degree in Acting.

Since graduating, Maria has been involved in work all over the country and continues to work as a jobbing actor. Most recently she has been working with Northern Stage in Newcastle as part of their associate company, 'The Letter Room' touring a new musical called "Bonenkai".

Maria also works as a theatre director and is Artistic Director of Black Coffee Theatre which has been running since 2010. She has recently been the associate director to two-time Obie Award-winning director Rachel Chavkin on Northern Stage's production of 'Catch 22?.

Maria absolutely loves teaching and enjoys passing on everything she has learnt from the industry to encourage and support her students.

Dan

Film & Television

Dan - Film & Television

Hailing from Middleborough in the north of England, Daniel has written and directed a number of short films, including 'Interdiction', as well as two feature length documentaries, 'Young, Fit and Dying' and also 'The Directors'. YF&D sold across Europe, Scandinavia and the Middle East, receiving glowing reviews along the way.

Daniel studied Film at Middlesex University, receiving a BA (Hons) as a scholarship student. His fastidious approach to writing, directing and film production ensured he has attracted lots of projects and funding which culminated in his foundation of Erimus Productions and later, 90SecondStory, together the fastest growing film production company in the North East.

Shane

Comedy & Drama

Shane - Comedy & Drama

Shane is a professional Actor from Stockton on tees and a graduate of Teesside University where he gained a BA Honors Degree in Performance and Events production. Having trained in all aspects of performing arts his main passion is for acting. Some of Shane's credits include: Lead Male in Roll-over Hot-dogs Advert, Lead male for Middleborough FC Kit Launch Advert, AOL internet Advert, Jazz in "Staggered" Tour and Edinburgh Fringe production, Relatively Speaking, Matt in "The Shagaround" at Middleborough Theatre plus many more. Shane is very excited to be bringing his knowledge to PQA and is looking forward to working with the performers of the next generation.

Lynne

Academy Assistant

Lynne - Academy Assistant

Lynne is a Teesside based actor and has always loved theatre, her passion started as a young girl going to see productions with her father which led onto acting in school productions. She has now fulfilled her lifetime ambition to train as an actor and is a graduate from Teesside University where she gained a BA Honours Degree in Performance for Live and Recorded Media. She was also presented with the Dr Richard Griffiths Award which is given to the student who demonstrates the most potential and dedication to the arts.

Lynne has a lot of experience working with young people in formal and relaxed settings and loves watching them grow as they develop their skills and confidence through performance. She is honoured to be a part of the PQA team.
Her recent theatre credits include, Mrs Thompson in Fenced for Less is More, various roles in outdoor productions of Twelfth Night, Treasure Island & Hamlet for Theatre Space N.E. and a munitions worker in Periplum's Homecoming.

Charlotte

Academy Assistant

Charlotte - Academy Assistant

Teesside actress Charlotte has worked on a number of shorts, internet and theatre productions; graduating from Teesside University with a BA honors degree in Performance for Live & Recorded Media.

Charlotte has most recently graduated from Newcastle Theatre Royals, Project-A. During her time here she was hopeful enough to be recognised by the Sunday for Sammy Trust!

She has had the privilege of working with numerous talents such as Ros Steen and the RSCs Michael Corbidge and Hannah Miller, among many others!

And can't wait to pass on her experience at PQA!

Robyn

Poppets

Robyn - Poppets

Robyn completed a BTEC National Diploma in performing arts with a D*D*D at new college Durham and has recently graduated from Newcastle Theatre Royals professional actor training course, Project A. She loves working with young performers to help and encourage them to play and perform. Robyn is thrilled to be working with such a great team and students at PQA Tees Valley!

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Stockton Riverside College
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