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Hello and a very warm welcome to PQA Thanet!
Our friendly academy is open on Saturdays at the Charles Dickens School, Broadstairs, where we enjoy exceptional performing arts facilities.
In the short time we have been open our students have performed a showcase in the Charles Dickens Theatre, appeared in 'A Christmas Collection – a fundraiser for Pilgrims Hospice' at the Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury, in addition to our fantastic classes in Musical Theatre and Comedy and Drama.
In Film and TV we have made numerous short films and many of our students (and their lucky parents!) secured professional work on the Sky TV series 'The Tunnel' and enjoyed a fantastic day on set. We have also had fantastic masterclasses in stage combat and TV presenting.
Going forward we have many exciting projects planned including our variety showcase 'Once Upon A Time' on Sunday 4th March 2018 and we will shortly be participating in UK-wide PQA Monologue Slam!
With Trinity exams, West End productions, 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
PQA Thanet students will soon be performing 'Once Upon A Time' at the Charles Dickens Theatre, Charles Dickens School. Join us on a journey through some of the best loved stories of all time as well as some new contemporary classics.
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.
Film & Television
Lee is a professional film maker and actor who brings a vast amount of knowledge to the students of PQA Thanet. He is also a highly-experienced teacher of film, media and drama.
Lee trained in Film Technology at De Montfort University and manages to run a successful film company in addition to his busy acting career. As a film maker, he has created both feature and short films, music videos and commercials. His work can be seen HERE.
Acting credits include roles in feature films such as Tarzan, Into the Woods, London Town and Kingsmen 2: The Golden Circle. TV work includes Mr Selfridge, The Tunnel and Man Down. He has also appeared in commercials (Finish, Beer 52 and McDonalds), music videos and short films.
Lee has taught all ages and abilities, the skills of film making and screen acting, and he is eager to get out and about filming in Thanet with the PQA team.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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