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PQA Worcester opened its doors for the first time in May 2015 to an excited crowd of young people from across Worcestershire and Herefordshire, who participated in an action packed Performing Arts taster day in the accessible, state-of-the-art performance space at the King's School, Worcester, WR1.

Three years on and 140 students from a wide range of primary schools, secondary schools and academies in Worcester, Hereford, Droitwich Spa, Stourport and Kidderminster have joined us to share their passion for the performing arts and take part in professional acting, singing, dancing, film making classes and performances; including our West End performance at the Shaftesbury Theatre and our performance at The Royal Three Counties Autumn Show.

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Note from our Principal:

This term some of our Graduating Red Group members will perform professionally at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe at PQA Venues- the beautiful, historic Riddle's Court.

Our students have taken Trinity Acting, Drama and Musical Theatre exams with a 100% pass rate – gaining Distinctions in Musical Theatre, Devised Drama and Acting with Scripts. They have participated in Shakespearean, Puppetry, Script Writing, Choral Speaking, Mime and, Physical Theatre and Stage Makeup workshops.

They have enjoyed Stage Combat and Sword Fighting Masterclasses and staged two academy multi-media productions of Scrooge and Peter Pan at the John Moore Theatre. In addition to offering the usual Musical Theatre or Acting School experiences in dance, drama and singing we also offer film acting lessons and teach students how to make their own short films and documentaries – including screen writing and storyboarding. This term they have been busy creating films for a large-scale Cinema Screening which will take place at Vue Cinema in Worcester.

As Principal, I am proud to be part of the PQA family which affords young people this opportunity to experience some of the most progressive Performing Arts tuition and classes in the country. Our students have access to large and well-equipped Drama and Dance studios and a professional theatre performance space. We have our own film equipment including: Green screens, cameras, digital sound recorders, laptops, television screens, portable lighting rig, special effects, wardrobe, scenic and puppetry store.

My talented team of professionals are committed to engaging young people in three well-honed modules. Students aged 6 - 18 take part in Comedy and Drama, Film and Television and Musical Theatre sessions which provide them with a well-rounded understanding of The Performing Arts.

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We look forward to welcoming you to PQA Worcester

Alison Chambers
Principal
alison.chambers@pqacademy.com

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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

Meet the Team

Alison Chambers

Principal

Alison Chambers - Principal

As a professional theatre performer, writer and director I have always been passionate about providing opportunities for young people to experience and participate in the performing arts. I am therefore thrilled to be opening PQA Worcester where I believe young people will have access to the most enriching and progressive performing arts sessions in the county. Pauline's nurturing ethos: 'Be yourself. Be amazing', will be at the heart of everything we seek to achieve with the youngsters who join us on Saturday mornings. The state-of-the-art performance space in the beautiful grounds of the Kings School Worcester will be a perfect environment in which to make films, sing, dance, act and develop whilst having a thoroughly exciting time!

My own love for the performing arts began at the age of five when I played a tree! As I was incredibly shy I was overjoyed to land a role which allowed me to stand safely inside a cardboard trunk and wave my arms about when the wind blew. My shyness did slowly evaporate and by the age of fifteen I had become confident enough to take on the role of Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz.

After training at Art College and then at Drama School in Birmingham I decided to become an actress and worked at BBC Pebble Mill playing roles such as Doreen in the award winning Nice Work by David Lodge. I have also been a voice over artist and made adverts for British Gas, Tesco, Debenhams, before moving into the theatre where I have worked continuously - from Plymouth Theatre Royal to the Garrison Theatre Shetland! My daughter, who is looking forward to joining PQA Worcester, was born whilst I was directing the National Tour of Far From the Madding Crowd (which stared Call the Midwife actor Stephen McGann). As an actress I have also worked in Theatre in Education in Schools throughout the Midlands, toured nationally playing roles such as Tony Britton's daughter in the vintage classic The Holly and the Ivy, the villain in The Return of Sherlock Holmes with Michael Cashman, Sheila Birling in An Inspector Calls, Liz in Present Laughter by Noel Coward, Mabel in An Ideal Husband, Janet in I Have Been Here Before and Olwen opposite the late Lewis Collins in Priestley's Dangerous Corner.

As a writer, adapter, director and producer my work has been predominantly aimed at young people and includes adaptations of the Railway Children, which starred Children's BAFTA Actor Brian Cant as the Old Gentleman and was directed by Brian and his wife Cherry, West Midlands Arts funded A Visit From Scrooge, Little Women which premiered at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, the national tour of Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Theatre-in-education projects such as Wood Dragon, The Wars of the Roses, Florence Nightingale, Wind in the Willows and Heritage projects such as Soe Well I Love Thee for English Heritage and Pre Raphaelite Seeds which premiered at the National Portrait Gallery. I have also produced five seasons of open air theatre for The National Trust and produced and directed the National tour of Babe the Sheep Pig which opened at the Rose Theatre Kingston.

I work regularly throughout Worcestershire for schools, museums and theatres writing, producing and delivering performance based workshops for young people, directing young people in performance and teaching for Trinity College acting exams and I am really looking forward to putting this experience to good use at PQA Worcester when we open in May.

 

Liam

Vice Principal / Comedy & Drama

Liam - Vice Principal / Comedy & Drama

Liam graduated from The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) in 2012 with a BA (Hons) Degree in Acting.

Since leaving Drama School, Liam has worked in both TV and Film, on such productions as 'Around the World in 80 days' with Vienna's English theatre, 'The 39 steps' for The Lyric Belfast, and he made his West End debut in 2016, in the award-winning show 'Potted Panto' at the Garrick Theatre. Liam has also worked extensively with the BBC on such shows as, 'Doctors', 'WPC 56', 'Father Brown', 'Casualty', and 'Goodnight Sweetheart.'

Liam has been teaching since 2013, running workshops for colleges, holding one-to-one audition classes, and is very excited to be running Comedy and Drama at PQA Worcester.

The most rewarding part of teaching for Liam is seeing the students grow in both ability, but more importantly, confidence.

Emma

Musical Theatre

Emma - Musical Theatre

Emma attained a First Class BA (Hons) Degree in Dance Practice and Performance in 2014. Upon graduating, she was awarded the Dance Department Prize for the Best Overall Degree Classification.

Since 2010, Emma has worked as a dance artist and teacher for community dance groups, primary schools and dance schools in the West Midlands, Staffordshire, and Warwickshire areas. She has danced for both amateur and semi-professional dance companies, and has performed at prestigious venues, including Birmingham Symphony Hall and also the NIA, as a Dancer in the Opening Ceremony of the World Trampoline and Tumbling World Championship, 2011.

Emma is currently studying for her PGCE in Post Compulsory Education and Training, as a Dance teaching specialist. She is the Artistic Director/ Founder of the newly formed Emote Youth Dance Company.

The most rewarding aspect of teaching for Emma, is inspiring students with the art of dance, and nurturing their skills development.

 

Jeff

Film & Television

Jeff - Film & Television

Jeff has over 25 years professional experience in producing film and television for many of the UK's leading companies. He is a cameraman, editor and director and has been teaching film craft and performing for camera for over 7 years to young students and adults at colleges and theatres across the Midlands.

In addition to his film work he is an accomplished songwriter, producer and musician and works with young people in assisting them to write their own music and lyrics.

Jeff is looking forward to working with PQA Worcester and creating a body of professional work with the students that they will be proud of.

Tom

Film & Television Assistant

Tom - Film & Television Assistant

I have been fascinated by films and filmmaking ever since my dad showed me the original Star
Wars when I was four years old.

My interest led me to attend Syracuse University's summer college film program in New York state last year, which opened the door to participation in the British Film Institute's regional film academy at Rural Media in Hereford.

I have worked on several short films in a variety of roles, including cinematographer, sound recordist, director and editor, and my aim is to study Film Production at university in the United States.

In addition, I secured work experience with Malvern Theatre this year and assisted them on their Young Company productions of The Crucible and Guys and Dolls.

I enjoy anything to do with the arts and helping others explore their own creativity.

Kaitlin

Comedy & Drama Assistant

Kaitlin - Comedy & Drama Assistant

Bio to appear soon.

Meggie

Green Group Assistant

Meggie - Green Group Assistant

Coming soon.

Sophie

Musical Theatre Assistant

Sophie - Musical Theatre Assistant

This term we welcome Sophie to our Musical Theatre team. Sophie trained extensively in Musical Theatre in London and New York and is an accomplished singer, principal dancer and musical theatre actress.

Her West End seasons include playing Cinderella in Boom or Bust, Drury Lane. She has toured nationally in the number one hit tour of the Madness musical Our House playing Sarah and some of our students may have seen her in the national tour of The Jungle Book. Sophie's TV credits include Breathless for ITV.

PQA Worcester is excited to have her on the team and Sophie is looking forward to sharing her experience and passion for the performing arts with our young students.

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Saturdays 09.45 - 13.00 & 13.45 - 17.00

The Keyes Building
King's School
5 College Green
Worcester
WR1 2LL

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