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WELCOME TO PQA WATFORD!


PQA Watford is based at West Herts College, a state-of-the-art venue featuring a 120-seat theatre, where students put on fantastic performances and showcases, a fully equipped dance studio with mirrors and sprung floor, a Green Room, and even a TV and video studio.

We operate on Saturdays AM (9am–12pm) and PM (1–4pm), where we welcome students aged 4 to 18. Each week students have sessions in Comedy & Drama, Musical Theatre and Film & Television, led by our fantastic team of Teachers and Teaching Assistants.

We are always working on exciting projects which feature our students performing in a variety of different roles, in musicals, plays and films.

We are passionate about every student's personal journey with us, and the whole team work hard to ensure every single student is given the opportunity to become the best performer they can be, and reach their potential creatively. Every student has something unique to offer, and it's our job to encourage this and develop it!

We would love to show you what we do here at PQA Watford. If you're interested in a free taster session, please call us for a chat and we'll arrange for you to visit the Academy, where Principal Andrew will be on hand to assist you. Alternatively, you can request a brochure or enrol online now – we look forward to welcoming you to PQA Watford!

 

Meet the Team

Lesley Garland

Principal

Lesley Garland - Principal

Lesley trained at the prestigious East 15 Acting school and has been working as a professional Actress for over 20 years!

Her work includes feature roles in BBC's Casualty, Hope and Glory, Channel 4's gritty drama Crims, and Hidden City for Hallmark Television plus leads in an array of TV commercials, pop videos, corporate videos and Independent feature films. She has trodden the boards at various theatres across the country, including the last repertory theatre season at the Royal Opera House, York.

Lesley has previously worked for over 15 years with various independent performing arts academies, including owning and managing her own children's Theatre Schools. She is also the founder and Managing Director of her own business within the retail branding world.

Melissa

Vice Principal/Poppets

Melissa - Vice Principal/Poppets

Melissa studied Musical Theatre at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, graduating in 2016. Prior to Studying at Mountview she received a foundation degree at the Guildford School of Acting. During the course of the year she was chosen to sing as part of a choir supporting 'West End Men' which played at the Vaudeville Theatre.

Whilst at Mountview Melissa performed in a large array of productions including: Sunday in the Park With George , First Lady Suite, Kiss Me Kate and Legally Blonde. Towards the end of her final year Melissa was nominated by Mountview for the Spotlight Prize award where twenty of the UK's most talented drama school graduates compete in front of an exclusive VIP audience and industry professionals.

Since Leaving Mountview Melissa has appeared in the daytime BBC soap Doctors and in December 2016 played the role of Cinderella in Cinderella (Jordan Productions Pantomime).

"I believe PQA is an exciting environment for young imaginative actors to explore their talent and abilities and its pleasure to inspire and share my passions with them. It's an opportunity to be bold, build confidence and be true to themselves."

Jimmy

Film & Television

Jimmy - Film & Television

Jimmy Dean is a film director who recently graduated from the Film & Television Production Course at the University of Westminster. Jimmy directed Pauline Quirke's Broadchurch co-star Charlotte Beaumont in his award-winning debut short film Charity, and recently finished his second short film Offside. "I can't wait to get started teaching Film & TV at PQA Watford. I truly believe in young talent, and I can't wait to start making memorable films with students, which will go onto be seen on the big screen in the cinema!"

Charlotte

Comedy & Drama

Charlotte - Comedy & Drama

Charlotte trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Upon graduating Charlotte starred in BBC award-winning short film 'The Breakdown' and won 'Best Shakespeare' in the BBC's Carlton Hobbs radio competition. Charlotte's voice over career has seen her regularly work with Global Radio and Pearl & Dean. She has filmed in multiple countries and performed in many London theatres, as well as at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Charlotte regularly works with theatre company Very Serious People, performing improvised show 'First Take: The Improvised Movie'.

Charlotte has been with PQA family since 2013, and is thrilled to now be Comedy & Drama teacher at Watford.

Millie

Musical Theatre

Millie - Musical Theatre

Millie completed her professional Training at Laine Theatre Arts in 2011 and has performed all over the globe as a professional dancer since.

She started her career working with Danze Fantasy productions in Phuket, Thailand and went on to perform at Warner Hotels in Wales. She has completed two seasons for Openwide Productions at "The End of the Pier Show" in Cromer.

Most recently Millie has been working away at sea having performed shows for two cruise contracts for Jean Ann Ryan Productions on board the Oceania Marina.

Excited to be back on dry land Millie cannot wait to pass on her knowledge of the professional industry to the aspiring performers at PQA Watford.

"PQA is a fantastic environment for budding young performers. There is so much energy and passion in the studios. PQA provides students with so many excellent performing opportunities and chances to explore a wide verity of projects, its unique ethos allows each student to really thrive and reach their potential."

Alexander

Film & Television Assistant

Alexander - Film & Television Assistant

I was among the first group of students at the Watford branch when it first opened all that time ago, and I now have the pleasure of being on the other side of the camera! I've spent my life interested in film and have completed an Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production (Television and Film) at college, as well as currently studying for my BA (Hons) in Animating and Visual Effects at Buckinghamshire New University, the skills of which I can't wait to introduce to the films and videos we'll be making at PQA!

Isobel

Teaching Assistant

Isobel - Teaching Assistant

I am extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to be a teaching assistant at PQA Watford! My passion for drama and performing arts began when I performed 'Mary Poppins' when I was 8 years old. Since then I have developed an extended passion for performing arts and have continued to take extracurricular classes to further my knowledge in the performing arts industry. I hope to pass over my key skills to students at PQA Watford who are also interested in pursuing careers in performing arts. So far I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Academy; I hope to develop my own skills and attributes to further both my myself and those around me.

Hope

Teaching Assistant

Hope - Teaching Assistant

I have been a student at PQA Watford for a long time now – and I'm very excited to become a member the team! I discovered my passion for performing at a young age in a production of Cinderella. PQA has inspired me to become involved in other areas such as Film & TV, which I am looking forward to studying in the future.

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Saturdays 08:45 - 12.00 & 12.45 - 16.00
Poppets 09.00 - 10.30 & 13.00 - 14.30

West Herts College
Watford Campus
Hempstead Road
Watford
Hertfordshire
WD17 3EZ

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