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PQA Torbay is a dedicated performing arts school, with classes for kids and young adults in Comedy & Drama, Musical Theatre (singing & dancing) and Film & Television.

Our Torbay academy operates from the South Devon College every Saturday from 9.45am-1pm where we welcome students from 4-18 years within the Torquay, Paignton, Brixham, Totnes, Newton Abbot area. 

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Note from our Principal

Here at PQA Torbay we are constantly engaged in wonderful and exciting projects that feature our students performing in a variety of roles, whether that is on the West End Stage or on the Red Carpet Film Screening. 

Our students shine onstage in musicals, plays and films. Its a fun friendly encouraging environment, we are passionate about every student's experience with us, and the whole team are focused to ensure our students are given the opportunity to become the best they can be, discover more about themselves, reaching their potential creatively and being AMAZING!

We would love the opportunity to show you what we do here at PQA Torbay! So if you are interested book a FREE Taster Session, please email or call us for a chat, and we can arrange for you to visit the Academy. Alternatively, you can register your interest online.. Find out more

We look forward to welcoming you to PQA Torbay!

Victoria Whelan
Principal
victoria.whelan@pqacademy.com
07957 653368

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Comedy & Drama Classes

Our comedy and drama lessons provide our students with the knowledge of theatrical forms and techniques including: Improvisation and devised theatre to mime, mask, script work and vocal techniques in projection and diction.

Musical Theatre Classes

Musical Theatre classes combine singing, dance and acting. We teach our students a range of vocal and dance techniques giving them the ability to pass from dialogue to song and dance seamlessly within a performance.

Film & Television Classes

PQA is the largest provider of Film and Television education in the UK for under 18s. Our students will discover and develop talents in areas such as script writing, directing and acting for camera.

And so much more! 

Specialist Masterclasses, Quirky Kidz Agency, West End Theatre Shows, Trinity College Exams, Film Festivals, Creative Stages Reports, Local Cinema Screenings, Showcases & PQATV

Hear what our parents say:

PQA Torbay has given my son the opportunity to develop in confidence and ability through inspiring and supportive teaching in a fun and friendly environment. He has made wonderful friends, enjoyed performing, singing and dancing as well as learning and being involved in filming. He is now thrilled at the prospect of performing in High School Musical Jr at the local theatre. Victoria and her extremely talented staff provide an exceptional programme for budding performers to thrive, to be themselves and to be amazing!!! Chris (a proud mum!)

PQA Torbay is a fantastic place. It helps my son become more confident, mature and has allot of fun.
Victoria and the team are fantastic and really grows the children in drama dance and life experiences.
I am thrilled my son attends and helps him grow into the person he is becoming.
Well done PQA Torbay your work is outstanding.

Meet the Team

Victoria Whelan

Principal

Victoria Whelan - Principal

Victoria initially trained in dance (ballet, tap, modern) performing as a mouse in the Nutcracker in a professional show in Brisbane aged 6. She continued to dance and perform alongside her love for gymnastics until she was 17. Then she was lucky enough to have a bout of modelling for the next two years, where she started to explore acting. In the mid 80's she trained in Theatre at the Queensland University and worked professionally in Australia touring in musical theatre and comedy. She started to teach performance, singing and circus skills.

Whilst at University Victoria discovered song writing and music, and from the late 80's until 2005 she worked as professional touring musician, with 10 albums and national airplay in Australian, NZ and the UK. She started teaching singing within this time from 1996 – 2005 when she became a mother. From 2000- 2007 she worked in a recording studio, co-producing over 30 albums where she engineered, mixed, sang and played as a session musician and supported artists in their creative process. It was during this time was learnt a range of multimedia skills including final cut and motion for film editing and making music videos, as well as photoshop, web design and logic pro.

Since 2010 Victoria had an unexpected but delight new career as a festival producer working throughout the South West, programming and delivering over 10 national events. In the last few year's she has really enjoyed Improv workshops, with john Cremer from Brighton's Maydays. So now with her daughter heading to Secondary school she is excited to becoming the new Principal at PQA Torbay this September.

Amy

Vice Principal / Poppets

Amy - Vice Principal / Poppets

I have been interested in performing arts from a very young age, regularly attending performing art groups and performing in shows.
I decided to pursue my love of the Arts and completed a Performing Arts Course at South Devon College gaining a merit.
Liverpool Arts College was my next step to achieving my dream where I completed a 2 year BTEC National Diploma in Dance, receiving a distinction.

I have performed in a number of different shows at a number of different venues around the UK. These shows include, Jesus Christ Superstar, Oliver, Annie, A Chorus Line, Fiddler on the roof and many more.
After my training, I have used my skills that I have learnt to teach children at PQA Exeter, Street dance and am a part of the So Street Dance group.
I am really excited about being given the opportunity to teach at PQA Torbay and look forward to meeting all of the students and being able to see them all grow and learn as individuals, whilst doing something that they enjoy.

Karma

Musical Theatre

Karma - Musical Theatre

Karma has been performing professionally since 1998 in various capacities as a singer, dancer and actress. She has performed all over the UK and overseas from the West End to NYC, on many projects from touring shows to entertainment management. Karma continues to perform alongside her teaching work.
In 2005, she began to undertake formal training to pursue a career in teaching Performing Arts and has a suite of professional and teaching qualifications including BA hons Choreography, FDA Performance Practice and Events Management and Qualified Teacher Status. Her teaching career began in 2009 as a Performing Arts Lecturer where her main focus is Musical Theatre, producing, directing, choreographing and vocal coaching the end of year musical show.
Karma is constantly undertaking training to update her skill base and is hoping to enrol on her Masters Degree in Drama this year.
Karma is delighted to be part of the PQA team and cannot wait to start working on the new projects with the budding stars!

Dave

Comedy & Drama

Dave - Comedy & Drama

Dave graduated from Dartington College of Arts in 2004 with a BA hons in Music with Drama and has qualified teacher status from Plymouth University.

Dave has been teaching Drama, Music and Business Administration at South Devon College and Exeter College since 2005 and has experience teaching at levels 1, 2 and 3; GCSE, A-Level and FdA as well as private tuition and workshop leader.

He grew up in America where he has been performing since childhood in church and school dramatic and music performances, as a gigging singer, guitarist and percussionist in a range of bands and as a performer in devised and scripted live and for camera performances.

As well as teaching and performing, Dave managed and toured a Chinese performing arts school as choreographer and musical director for children and young people ages 7 to 18 years of age.

Dave is delighted to be a member of the PQA team and to be contributing to the productions and inspiring students to achieve the best they can be and turning their dreams into reality.

Abbie

Film & Television

Abbie - Film & Television

Abbie graduated from Marjons in 2008 with BA Hons in Media with Creative Writing and has qualified teacher status, as well as a range of other media related qualifications. She has worked on numerous productions fulfilling several different production roles.

Abbie has been teaching Media at South Devon College since 2014 and has experience teaching, Levels 1, 2 and 3; GCSE, A-Level, and FdA within Creative Media. Her continuing professional development is ongoing and industry up-to-date ensuring innovative approaches to ideation, creative problem-solving and applied practice.

Abbie's inspirational and enthusiastic approach to teaching fosters a happy and motivated collaborative learning environment that stimulates success.

Previous to teaching Abbie worked as a youth support worker gaining valuable insight into the needs of young people, how they learn, how they behave and how they engage. She also ran a small photography business for 3 years focusing on weddings and business marketing.

Creativity has always been the core of every area of her life, education, teaching and even personal growth. Videography is not only a career choice but an area of exploration and expression both personally and professionally and is hoping to start her own production company in the near future.

Abbie is excited to be a member of the team and is looking forward to inspiring the students to fulfil their dreams and aspirations.

Amy

Poppets Assistant

Amy - Poppets Assistant

I am delighted to be working with PQA Torbay. I have always had an interest in dance but never thought I would be offered the opportunity to work with such talented teachers and students, everyone enjoys what they do and we all have lots of fun. I really enjoy working with the children and getting stuck into all the different topics.

I would describe myself as a caring bubbly person with lots of energy. I have trained in first aid and your child safety is my priority. I am looking forward to learning new things In the future.

Mary-Anne

Teaching Assistant

Mary-Anne - Teaching Assistant

Ever since a young age I have been extremely passionate about the performing arts and this is something that has stuck with me. Acting is a part of me and I feel most at home when on the stage. I first performed when I was 3 years old and I haven't left the stage since. Over the years I have played many different roles ranging from Emilia in Shakespeares Othello, Wendy from Peter Pan and the Beggar Woman from Sweeney Todd. I have recently finished studying the performing arts at South Devon College with a Distinction and two Distinction stars. Helping to assist the Green Group at PQA is such an amazing experience for me and watching such talented young people grow as performers is indescribable.

Ashleigh

Blue Group Teaching Assistant

Ashleigh - Blue Group Teaching Assistant

Ashleigh has just achieved a first class honours degree in theatre and performance from Guildford School of Acting.

Although her skills set are primarily in acting, Ashleigh is a triple threat performer; having trained as a dancer achieving her grade 8 ballet and worked up to intermediate tap and advanced foundation contemporary.

Ashleigh also has had singing lessons since she was nine. She has performed in many amateur productions as Paulette in Legally Blonde, Nancy in Oliver, Maddy in 1in4, Polyhymnia in Chance to Hide and many more.

Ashleigh also has experience as an extra in films.

Amber

Film & Television Assistant

Amber - Film & Television Assistant

I've always had a massive passion for Film and TV. My dream has always been to be in front of the camera but I also love the aspects of working behind the camera too. Last year I finished my AS in Film Studies which I enjoyed enormously.

I've always dabbled around with cameras, and from a young age I would steal my dad's and carry it around with me everywhere; taking shaky and unfocused shots of miscellaneous things, but I promise I've gotten better!

Over the years I've practised my camera work and gained more experience with filming and editing, for example participating in media lessons at South Devon College helping the students complete their lesson tasks.

Film and TV brings me so much happiness and creativity, and the ability to produce anything using only your imagination is an incredible feeling that I cannot wait to introduce to all our PQA members!

Working at PQA honestly is a dream come true as I get to work alongside professionals in this industry who teach me so much as well as working with amazingly talented, young individuals who always put a smile on my face.

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Saturdays 09.45 - 13.00
Poppets 10.00 - 11.30

South Devon College
Vantage Point
Long Road
Paignton
Devon
TQ4 7EJ

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