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

Our Wolverhampton academy runs at Aldersley High School every Saturday from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm where students aged from 4-18 from the Wolverhampton, Walsall, Codsall, Penkridge, Shifnal, Pattingham, Dudley, Sedgley and West Bromwich areas are welcomed each week for 3 hours of fun and performing arts schooling.

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Welcome to The Pauline Quirke Academy Wolverhampton. The Academy has become an established part of the local community and has developed an expert group of teachers and friendly students.

Over the past few years we have had students performing in our West End show, with G4, with Mary-Jess Leaverland and in our own in house productions as well as making films and taking Trinity Exams too.

Students work on projects within classes aimed to teach them relevant and important skills at all levels while keeping the classes fun and energetic. Request a brochure or Enrol online now.

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.

We would love to show you what we do here at PQA Wolverhampton! If you're interested in a FREE Taster Session, please email or call us for a chat, and we'll arrange for you to visit the Academy. Alternatively, you can register your interest online. 

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We look forward to welcoming you to PQA Wolverhampton!

Julian Elcock
Principal
julian.elcock@pqacademy.com
07838 115152

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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

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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.

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.

Hannah

Comedy & Drama

Hannah - Comedy & Drama

I am a qualified teacher of drama, who has been teaching for the past six years. Recently a new Mum to Ophelia, I am now working part-time and have decided to join PQA for my love of drama and comedy.

I have a passion for directing and have a wealth of experience in a school setting directing various small scale productions as well as supporting GCSE and A Level work.

In 2016 I was the producer of the whole school production of Annie, which went onto win the Cloumba Trophy, competing against schools across the city of Birmingham. Throughout my teaching career I have directed a range of musicals including High School Musical, Our House, West Side Story and Annie.

A strong believer that drama is accessible for all I have been heavily involved in extracurricular drama, running groups for all ages and regularly showcasing scripted and devised work. On an odd occasion even having to step in when a cast member had chicken pox!

I studied Drama and Performance BA (Hons) degree at the University of Wolverhampton 2007-2010. Focusing on drama teaching in my final year I went on to complete my PGCE in Secondary Drama teaching at Birmingham City university 2010- 2011 where I gained QTS.

I have appeared in various productions throughout my school career, Bugsy Malone, Grease, Two and through University Hamlet and Snow White and the seven dwarves. I am a keen scriptwriter in my final year writing an original piece called 'A Typical' in the style of 'Off off Broadway'.

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.

Amber

Green Group Assistant

Amber - Green Group Assistant

Hello, my name is Amber and I am the Green Group Assistant. I joined PQA in 2016 and have thoroughly enjoyed working here. I have studied Performing Arts at a local college for three years and continue to show my passion through being an assistant.

Being part of the PQA team has enhanced my confidence and has taught me parts of the performing arts industry I did not know before joining.

Joshua

Musical Theatre Assistant

Joshua - Musical Theatre Assistant

My name is Joshua and I am 19 years old. Before I transferred over to be an assistant in Musical Theatre I was a student at PQA performing in the West End Show on two occasions and I will have the honour of being in the cast of Wolverhampton's performance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in summer 2018.

I am a lead actor on The Long Way Home, a World War I movie shooting this summer and due for release in November 2018 where I play William Armitage, a young man from a local manor estate who joins up and finds himself in the middle of the trench warfare. I also write and create my own films in my spare time and I love going to the theatre and musical films.

Emily

Musical Theatre Teacher

Emily - Musical Theatre Teacher

Bio coming soon. 

Jaimee

Poppets' Teacher

Jaimee - Poppets' Teacher

Jaimee hails from Fremantle, Western Australia but has lived in the US for more than 7 years. She is a recent graduate of Bard college New York in theatre and music.
Previous education includes the National Theatre Institute and more recently a specialist RADA Shakespeare practitioners course.
A performer and playwright who works in divised and classical theatre with a focus in music. Training in acrobatics and aerial silks influences the work that I create. The play Us had its first workshop in April 2019 and will continue in March of 2019. Recently performed in Two Gentleman of Verona at RADA.

Lewis

Drama Assistant

Lewis - Drama Assistant

I was one of the first Wolverhampton PQA Students when it opened in 2011 and I have been a key member of the PQA Coaching Team for 2 years across Telford, Bridgnorth and Wolverhampton.

I studied Acting at Birmingham's Ormiston Academy where I regularly appeared in productions at Birmingham Repatory Theatre. I am currently working as Front of House at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, gaining knowledge of how Theatres run effectively, whilst making some Famous Connections along the way.

My ambition for the future is to gain as much knowledge and experience in lesson environments. Hopefully one day to open my own Academy and give performing art students the same opportunities I received while being a student at PQA.

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Saturdays 09.45 - 13.00 & 13.45 - 17.00
Poppets 10.00 - 11.30 & 11.30 - 13.00

Aldersley High School
Barnhurst Lane
Codsall
Wolverhampton
WV8 1RT

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