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Performing arts classes for kids in the Broadstairs, Margate, Ramsgate areas of Thanet, Kent.
PQA academies provide tuition for children, teenagers and young people from 4-18 years in
Comedy & Drama, Musical Theatre (Singing & Dancing & acting) and Film & Television.
Hello and welcome to PQA Thanet!
We operate two Academies on a Saturday at the Charles Dickens School, Broadstairs where we enjoy exceptional performing arts facilities.
We are passionate about performing arts and encourage all our students to be the very best they can be simply by being themselves and being amazing. Our team of experienced tutors guide our students through an exciting range of lessons in Comedy and Drama, Film and TV and Musical Theatre and no two weeks are ever the same!
Our AM academy opened its doors in May 2017 with our PM academy opening 10 months later. Since then we are proud of the outstanding tuition and opportunities we have given our students. These include variety shows 'Once Upon A Time' and 'The Magic of Roald Dahl', seeing one of our films win the 'Four Week Film Challenge' Award at the PQA Regional Film Festival in Muswell Hill, London, Colour Group Site Specific Plays, countless film shoots 'on location' and much much more!
We are currently in rehearsals for 'Trouble's A Brewin' which will mark PQA Thanet's West End debut in London, planning a cinema screening at Vue, Westwood Cross and we are about to commence work on a fantastic summer project 'Shakespeare in the Park'.
Our students are achieving on a national level with students representing Thanet at national PQA events such as Monologue Slam 2018 and the PQA National Talk Show Competition. We have even had a student's award winning film screened at the National Film Festival in Leicester Square!
With Trinity College London exams, first-rate Masterclasses, cinema screenings, Quirky Kidz agency and much more, PQA Thanet is a fantastic place for budding performers to flourish. We would love to show you what we do at PQA Thanet and welcome prospective students to come along for a free taster session.
Beth Greenlaw – Principal PQA Thanet
Hello and a very warm welcome to PQA Thanet!
I have been involved in the performing arts my whole life, and am lucky to have forged a successful career as a performer, director and teacher. I trained at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London and worked extensively in plays and musicals worldwide for many years, including a spell as lead vocalist/resident director on some of the world's leading cruise lines.
I furthered my training at LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) gaining a Licenciate Diploma in Speech and Drama, and have since taught both in the UK and abroad. In 2004 I became the founding principal of a large theatre school in the Canary Islands, and was responsible for the introduction of LAMDA examinations to the region. In addition to the vast amount shows and performances undertaken by the school, I also ran a professional theatre company creating musical theatre shows on the island of Tenerife before relocating to Kent in 2009.
It fills me with pride to see many of my students successfully gain places at top drama schools, universities, become members of the National Youth Theatre and have their own successful performing careers. In addition many of my students regularly win prestigious trophies at the Thanet Festival of Speech and Drama.
Alongside a successful vocational teaching career, I have recently directed the award-winning Sky News the Musical at the Canterbury Festival and the Union Theatre, London. Recent onstage credits include performances at Phoenix Artists Club, London, Beam (Park Theatre, London) and at Feinstein's 54 Below in New York. Recent screen work includes Flowers (Channel 4) and a Waitrose commercial, both of which I performed alongside my sons who are both working child actors.
I look forward to working with the wonderful children of Thanet.
Comedy & Drama PM
Kate has an impressive background in drama and acting holding both a BA Hons degree and a MA (Goldsmiths University) in Applied Drama. She is an exceptional theatre practioner and director and has worked extensively in theatre in the UK and beyond.
Kate has been commissioned to run drama workshops for the National Trust, East Shed Theatre; London, Only Connect: London and many other companies. She has a vast knowledge of acting training and performance specialising in physical theatre and collaborative drama. Kate is committed to the positive impact the skills learnt through drama have on young people and we are thrilled to have her as a member of the PQA Thanet team.
Sofiane graduated with a BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre from the University of Essex. She is currently completing her PGCE in performing arts with a work placement at the Canterbury Institute of Performing Arts.
She has a wealth of experience as a performer, having most recently played the lead role of Sandra in Big Fish at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester - a production in which she was also assistant choreographer. Sofiane also appeared in Sing But Don't Tell at the London Hippodrome, as well as solo performances at the Battersea Cabaret Barge, London.
Her teaching experience ranges from workshops for children to running the Essex-based adult dance company CIDCO. Sofiane is a specialist in the Estill vocal technique and is passionate about its importance for vocal health in both singers and actors. Sofiane is excited to bring this knowledge back to Thanet, where she grew up, and is thrilled to be able to teach a new generation of young PQA performers the skills of musical theatre.
Film & TV
Natasha is a passionate film producer with a variety of award-winning short films under her belt. These include the short documentary 'SMILE,' 'The Reaper' and 'Add Me' which was shortlisted for the 2015 Colchester Film Festival 60 Hour Film Challenge. Current producing projects include 'Mad World'; a feature documentary which is in postproduction, and 'The Storm'; a narrative feature film that is in the development stage of production.
Natasha is also an experienced script supervisor who has extensive knowledge of the filmmaking process from script development to filming and editing. We are delighted to have Natasha sharing her skills with the students at PQA Thanet.
Molly grew up in Broadstairs where she began her early training in singing, acting and dancing as well as performing in numerous local musical theatre productions. She recently graduated from the Canterbury Institute of Performing Arts with the highest grade possible for Musical Theatre. She is now studying Performing Arts at Canterbury Christchurch University and hopes to teach performing arts after she graduates. She is keen to advance her training, having recently completed Musical Theatre training at the PQA National Teachers Training Day.
Onstage, Molly has performed at Move 2016 at London's Excel Arena, as a soloist at Brassiere Zedel in the West End among other performances. In 2016, she was cast in the UK amateur premiere of Carrie: The Musical in which she played the leading role of Sue Snell.
Molly is delighted to be working for PQA Thanet and getting to know the students.
Comedy & Drama
Naomi Cooper-Davis is an actor, improviser and comedian from London. Since graduating from The Bridge Theatre Training Company in 2004 she has worked extensively in TV, Film and Theatre. Credits include Little Britain (BBC), Parade's End (BBC/HBO), Pete vs Life, Dick and Dom's Diddy Movies (CBBC), Peep Show (C4), Marcella (ITV) and most recently Porridge (BBC).
She has been a regular on the improv circuit since 2014 with her group 'The Petting Zoo'. She has trained in Chicago/US style improv with Monkey Toast UK and The Free Association, before that she spent a few years doing short form improv before being bitten by the long form bug.
Naomi has previously taught comedy, drama and improvisation at KYT and the London Screenwriters Festival. Naomi is looking forward to passing on her skills to a new generation of performers.
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