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Welcome to The Pauline Quirke Academy Wolverhampton. The Academy has become well established over the past couple of years and is beginning to settle into being part of the community. We have a great group of teachers and students and lots of plans for the future.

Our major target is confidence; it is just as rewarding, if not more, to see a child who lacks confidence step forward in class as it is to see a confident and experienced child do a great performance at show-time. We try to achieve this through fun and entertaining classes while incorporating the skills and techniques necessary to improve their performing ability.

2015 saw our first cinema screening with the students seeing themselves on the big screen amongst a total of 26 films shown at our local cinema. It was an exciting event with students walking the red carpet and being interviewed by a film crew and photographed as they entered the screen.

2016 is finishing with our second Panto Fairy Jail featuring nearly 30 main characters and loads of songs it is a great fun show packed with jokes and corny lines (the corniest ones mostly written by Principal Julian).

In May 2017 the students will travel to London for our second West End experience in The Lazy Ace. Our first show was massively rewarding for the students and gave them some idea of the depth of knowledge of their part that is required for a major show.

Students have also visited the BBC Studios at Media City in Manchester on two separate occasions, had a day at Sky TV where they not only prepared a news report using Sky's state-of-the-art training suite but also appeared on Live TV as part of the audience of a show on Sky Sports and visited our local theatre to see Shrek the Musical. In February 2017 most of the older students will be visiting New York to take part in workshops on Broadway and TV studios.

For more information contact Julian on 07838 115152 or e-mail at julian.elcock@pqacademy.com.

Julian Elcock
Principal
julian.elcock@pqacademy.com

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Meet the Team

Julian Elcock

Principal

Julian Elcock - Principal

Hi, I am Principal and Film and TV teacher for both Wolverhampton and Bridgnorth academies.

I spent 20+ years working as a Barrister practicing criminal law before I set up my first academy at Bridgnorth in 2011. There is no doubt that my experience in court brings a different and valuable wealth of performance experience and gives me a unique insight into the performers world.

As a teenager I was heavily involved in school productions and working for theatre groups and bands. I moved on to working as a lighting technician for bands on tour and also with concert orchestras and theatrical companies before having a change of career and taking up the law.

I returned to the performing world when my son (now 16) began performing as a young child, this rekindled a passion and led to the idea to start Pauline Quirke Academy Bridgnorth with a view to making it a vital part of the town's community, with Pauline Quirke Academy Wolverhampton following 1 year later.

I have recently given up the law and am now working full time in the Performing Arts sphere, I have recently filmed my first documentary film for a local band, a music video and been heavily involved in a short film in our town. I have also recently published my first novel.

I am writing scripts at the moment for a film short with a view to expanding it to a full feature length film if there is sufficient interest and am involved in a new comedy series, the pilot for which we are shooting at the moment including several scenes at my home.

I am passionate about giving students opportunities that simply did not exist in my day and offering that to as many students as possible. Our ethos is that we want to offer students the opportunity to increase their confidence and ability to express themselves through the medium of Performing Arts and Cinema.

Marguerite

Vice Principal

Marguerite - Vice Principal

Marguerite spent 30 years practicing in law most recently in a judicial role as a Coroner...which is nothing like Quincy for those old enough to remember.

Her main passion is cooking, especially baking and occasionally the results make their way to PQA. Marguerite is passionate about theatre and loves to see plays as often as we are able.

As a lawyer she brings an understanding of performance and technique to PQA along with an organisational flair. Her particular love is costume and she spends huge amounts of time scouring her sources for bits and pieces for our shows.

Julian and Marguerite share the strategic planning for the Academies, with Marguerite leading on Saturday mornings for PQA Bridgnorth and PQA Telford & Wrekin.

Dana

Comedy & Drama

Dana - Comedy & Drama

Like everyone else, I have always known I wanted to be an actor. Also like everyone, I chose to prepare for a job that will support this goal. I studied Social Psychology and completed my degree at Western Michigan University with honors and an award from the department.

I went on to volunteer with AmeriCorps, and then work with kids at a treatment center, which I loved. When they shut down, I put my performer pants back on and moved to LA. I knew no one, and had no legitimate credits to my name, but whatever, I figured, I can set up camp at the KIA and then go get discovered. Ever since I have been working hard, training and performing in Los Angeles, Michigan, Chicago and the UK.

I started my more formal training in fourth grade, attempting to both read and understand "The Actor Prepares" and "Acting is Believing" and joining John Casablancas. I have taken voice classes through The Sonneman Studio, and workshops with Gordon Michaels, Frank Ridely and Carl Stillitano. I have had the immense pleasure of working with Arthur Mendoza at the Actors Circle Theatre in Los Angeles for 3 years, and have taken Improv Classes at GoComedy with Suzie Jacokes, and Technique Classes at the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre. I have also had the great honor of training with the Moscow Art Repertory Theatre School.

As an actress I have had roles in 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Mad Men' for TV, and I have made over 30 films. My movie "Alone in The Universe" with Joshua Courtade has recently premiered. "Bestseller" has also recently premiered. In the last six months we completed production for a short I cast with Abronia Pictures, Third Hill Productions and Three Goats Moving Pictures and just wrapped my role in an industrial film. Last year I was nominated for an Eclipse Award for Best Actress for my role in 'Black Paper".

Currently I am studying actor training for my Masters at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. I am on placement at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and Rose Bruford in London, teaching and directing performances with their degree level students. 

I am really looking forward to working with the students at PQA and creating some exciting drama together.

Mathew

Film & Television

Mathew - Film & Television

Born and raised in the Black Country, Mathew Hammond is an experienced screenwriter and short film director and producer. For almost a decade he has been honing his skills and understanding of the craft through his work on fiction and non-fiction short films, as well as commercial material. Since 2012 he has been running a commercial video production business, and working independently on productions across the nation.

Having graduated with a degree in Film Production from the University of Central Lancashire in 2013, Mathew, as well as working for corporate clients and on other studio productions, also works to create artistic content in the form of short films and music videos, whilst furthermore teaching film, and learning about it himself too, having put into motion new steps in education, in the form of a masters degree.

In recent years, the ambitious filmmaker has collected a wealth of different experiences in the field of teaching film. His background ranges from that of directing a wide variety of performers both young and adult, to running workshops with child and adult actors. H has been involved in large scale feature length films, and worked as a camera operator on popular events, like music concerts for chart topping artists.

Mathew is a strong believer in the education of young and driven filmmakers, particularly when it comes to the principals of filmmaking. Many individuals believe that they can make a good film by simply watching a lot good films, but in reality, without any knowledge of the essential conventions involved in filmmaking, the aspiring director is probably doomed to cliché and catastrophe. At PQA Mathew hopes to avoid this very outcome through practice and refinement. Handing over to students the essential level of understanding required, to understand and interpret form into their own work, both in film, and other artistic mediums.

Stacey

Musical Theatre

Stacey - Musical Theatre

Stacey trained at the London School of Musical Theatre where she was taught by industry professionals and many famous actors. She has performed on the west end stage and has appeared in BBC's The Apprentice, We Will Rock You, No One In The World, theatre in education, Alice in Wonderland, pantomime and most recently touring with The Luvbug and her own cabaret show.

Stacey has previously worked as a children's holiday entertainer and rep for Pontins, Penstowe and Thomas Cook in Tenerife. She is also qualified in beauty and most recently has been studying her PGCE in teaching specializing in drama and performance.

Stacey loves bringing out a child's natural talent and progressing them to their full potential.

Jake

Teaching Assistant & Tech

Jake - Teaching Assistant & Tech

Jake is from Bridgnorth and has been performing since he was 3, he began in school performances and progressed via a number of performing arts academies to professional work at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre and Birmingham Hippodrome in Beauty and the Beast and Fiddler on the Roof for UK Productions and also appeared in Dr Doolittle, Joseph and others. He appeared in Frankenstein at Litchfield Rep where he played the Doctors younger brother in film flashbacks to accompany the live action on stage.

He has recently played Puck and John Proctor in productions along with roles in musicals at school annually for the past 12 years. Jake is the voice of Sam Thompson, the male lead character in an mobile phone based audio enhanced comic called Team MOBILE, the first of its' kind with 2 editions already released on iPhone and iPad with 3 more in production. While acting is his main passion Jake also plays guitar and sings, playing 'open mike' events and small festivals when time allows. He is signed to a local record label as guitarist in a band for which he has recorded songs and made 2 music videos. He has developed an interest in film making and currently has a documentary project in planning which he hopes to have completed by summer 2013 for entry into film festivals locally.

Jake wants to attend drama school when he leaves school and to continue to perform as often as possible.

Jake has been with PQA Bridgnorth and Wolverhampton from launch, he works at both academies as assistant teacher bringing a wealth of experience to the role which includes a great deal of technical knowledge of the cameras and film equipment when required. He believes that everybody can gain confidence and the ability to express themselves through drama and performing and enjoys seeing students develop.

Jordan

Front of House / Film & TV Assistant

Jordan - Front of House / Film & TV Assistant

Hi, I am Jordan and I began as a student at Pauline Quirke Academy Wolverhampton way back in 2012. I found that Pauline Quirke Academy gave me confidence and enjoyment in the arts and so when I left at 18 I became an assistant at the academy to keep my hand in with the performing arts.


While the day job is horticulture I love performing and so Pauline Quirke Academy is a great outlet for that, I also DJ professionally.
My main role in the academy is as a Film and TV assistant although I help out throughout the whole academy.

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