Become a Principal


We are looking for creative, inspirational individuals to open their own Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts, (PQA).

If you have professional performing arts training/experience and a desire to pass on your knowledge on to the next generation, we would love to work with you.

PQA is a weekend performing arts Academy that provides tuition for children and young people aged from 4 to 18 years. Students spend three hours with us, rotating through hour-long sessions in three modules: Comedy & Drama, Musical Theatre and Film & Television. Students are divided into three groups according to their age and each group is taught by one of our specialist teachers.

Our model means you get to run your own business, setting your hours during the week to suit you.

PQA operates a unique licensed model – we don’t charge a start-up fee! We do the vast majority of the administration, letting you focus on the creative side of your Academy. We also invest thousands of pounds in your launch marketing to ensure your business opens with great student numbers.

We provide you with the opportunity to run your own business in your local area with exclusivity.

Full Training and Support – All Principals attend our residential five day PQA Training Course. We also have free Continued Professional Development (CPD) training courses for Principals and Teachers throughout the year.

You will also receive continual support with your own regional PQA business development manager, as well as support from all of the departments at PQA HQ, covering productions, creative content, safeguarding, marketing, IT, and PQA’s exclusive Agency Quirky Kidz.

We'll be there to support your business every step of the way!

Inspiring Children - PQA helps make a real difference to children's lives by giving them skills and thrills for life! We help them grow in confidence, make new friends and discover new talents across the performing arts.

What we want from you is your experience, knowledge and enthusiasm. Working with PQA means you can focus on delivering exciting lessons and performances in the performing arts with your own team of teachers.