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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, whilst 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 students talent, with the use of their brilliant lighting rig and sound system.

The dance studio is air conditioned, has sprung flooring and mirrored walls, so you can strut your funky stuff, while in musical theatre.

The Film & 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, and see for yourself!

Try your hand at classes in Comedy and Drama, Musical Theatre and Film & T.V. We also offer "Poppets" classes for our young pupils, which will be all of the above condensed into a shorter session, 10am - 11:30am & 11.45am – 1.15pm.

From time to time we will also run specialist masterclasses 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, both of which you will be staring in!  Plus, students have the opportunity to take part in Trinity exams at no extra cost.

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.

Email laura.lonsdale@pqacademy.com or call 07936546347.

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.

 

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.

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.

Alastair

Film & Television

Alastair - Film & Television

Alastair Cummings is a director, editor and cinematographer based in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. After graduating from Northumbria University with first-class honours in Film and Television, Alastair set up his own freelance production company creating videos for clients such as Visit Britain, English Heritage and the British Council.

Outside of his freelance work, Alastair creates independent cinema from shorts all the way to feature films. His narrative works have gained recognition and awards at prestigious festivals across the globe, travelling from rural Italy to the Leonard Nimoy Thalia in NYC.

Alastair's most recent short, AKITA, has had over a hundred screenings across the world and won various awards including Best UK Short, Best Fiction, Best Film and Best Actor. His films are marked by the clever use of props, lovable characters and bizarre situations.

Alastair has been mentoring young people in video production for over 6 years and loves having the opportunity to help them create their first films. He aims to create films with young people that will have a life at film festivals worldwide and will give real confidence and self-esteem to those involved.

Rochelle

Assistant

Rochelle - Assistant

I'm Rochelle! Currently, while seeking professional acting jobs, take part in PQA Plus, which I thoroughly enjoy. I feel it is really important to keep training.

My career goal is to work in TV and film. I try to take as much supporting artist when I can to help me learn and develop my knowledge of the industry.

When I was younger I was a keen gymnast and won quite a few competitions. I then decided to study performing arts at Middlesbrough College, which made me realise that I had a huge passion for acting.

I am really excited about getting the opportunity to work with you all and hopefully, pass on some of the knowledge I have picked up along the way.

Hannah

Poppets Assistant

Hannah - Poppets Assistant

My name is Hannah and I am honoured to say that after being a student at PQA Tees Valley for three years (and counting!), I have now also become a member of the team, in order to pass on the passion!

I have had a passion for performing all my life and hope to one day enter the world of theatre and the TV & Film industry. Thanks to PQA Tees Valley I have been able to not only increase my confidence and meet life long friends but have also been given the opportunity to do things I could have only dreamed of doing; taking part in music videos, directing my own short films, even performing in the West End! Not to mention the phenomenal shows we present to family and friends.

I am so excited to now share the knowledge I have picked up along the way in my role as a teaching assistant with you.

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Saturdays 10.00 - 13.00 & 14.00 - 17.00
Poppets 09.45 - 11.15 & 11.30 - 13.00

Stockton Riverside College
Harvard Avenue
Stockton on Tees
TS17 6FB

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