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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!
Since opening in May 2017, our students have performed a variety showcase titled 'Once Upon A Time' in the Charles Dickens Theatre and performed at the Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury in a charity fundraiser for Pilgrim's Hospice. Going forward, our PM academy will perform 'The Magic of Roald Dahl' at the end of the Christmas term, and we shall soon be heading to Her Majesty's Theatre, London to perform in our very own West End Musical, Trouble's A Brewin, in 2019!
We have also been busily writing, filming and staring in our own short films and are thrilled to announce we have been crowned PQA South East Regional Winners for our four-week film challenge short 'Clucking Up Courage.' Our lucky winners will be heading to South London in the Autumn to see their film on the big screen.
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.
Vice Principal / Poppets
Ash is originally from Hastings and relocated to Kent to study for a BA (Hons) degree in Performing Arts at Christchurch University, Canterbury.
Since graduating he has taught drama at stage schools throughout Kent and is a skilled drama practitioner.
As a performer, Ash has toured with numerous theatre productions in the UK. His favourite role to date being Ugly in the musical 'Honk!'.
Ash is also a highly experienced teaching assistant, specialising in working with young people who have behaviour issues. We are thrilled that he brings his unique skill set to the team at PQA Thanet.
Comedy & Drama AM
Nathan is a Royal Central School of Speech and Drama Alumni and has been a professional actor since graduating in 2012. He's been lucky enough to travel internationally doing what he loves and is thrilled to be able to share his experience and passion for the Arts with PQA.
TV credits include Vauxhall Sky Cinema, THINK!'s Drink Driving Campaign, Vodafone and BBC's FaCup coverage.
Being a Carlton Hobbs Award Finalist, Nathan has a keen interest in Radio and has recently launched Harding-Lee Media, a company Specialising in Actor Tutorship and show & voicereel editing.
In his spare time, Nathan is an ambassador for Centrepoint and The Lord's Taverners Charities; setting up celebrity cricket matches to raise money for important causes.
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.
Teaching Assistant and Musical Theatre Cover Teacher
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.
Megan is from Thanet and is currently studying Musical Theatre at the Canterbury Institute of Performing Arts. She is an exceptionally talented dancer who frequently wins awards at festivals. In 2016, Megan was chosen to receive the IDTA Award for Outstanding Jazz Dance which included a trip to Manchester to the awards ceremony.
Megan can be seen in the music video "Stronger" for singer Katie Leone and has also worked on a film which is due to be released in 2017. She has also appeared in panto every Christmas since she was 12 years old!
Georgi has a wealth of experience onstage and takes an active role in many local productions and pantomimes. Her love of the performing arts industry has led her to pursue a career in film production and she has recently studied at the British Film Institute, gaining one of only a handful of places on their prestigious course. She plans to further this with a degree in film in the not too distant future.
Georgi is also a member of the Kent Film Foundation and recently acted and directed in a film celebrating Shakespeare's female characters.
|Saturdays||09.45 - 13.00 & 13.45 - 17.00|
|Poppets||10.00 - 11.30|
The Charles Dickens School
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