Pauline Quirke Full-Time Academy of Performing Arts

Preparing students for the demands of the performing arts industry

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Founded in 2007 by actress Pauline Quirke and her husband, Producer Steve Sheen, the Pauline Quirke Academy (PQA) provides outstanding training in Musical Theatre, Comedy & Drama and Film & Television to over 10,000 young people aged 4-18 at our weekend Academies nationwide. Over the years, many of our students have expressed their wish that they could be at PQA all week, and to celebrate our 10th anniversary, we decided to create this opportunity for them, and for other young aspiring actors across the UK.

The Pauline Quirke Full-Time Academy

The Pauline Quirke Full-Time Academy of Performing Arts at PQA Studios London is a vocational training institution and arts centre which opened in Islington in September 2018. The Full-Time Academy is Pauline’s ultimate legacy, and her hope is for young people to benefit from her unique style of performing arts training for years to come.

Ethos & Vision

The ethos and vision of the new Full-Time Academy at PQA Studios is driven by Pauline Quirke, with her passionate belief that all students have something unique to offer, as performers, and as people. Her team of teachers and industry professionals, are committed to nurturing and developing each student’s creativity and individual performance style, whilst ultimately, encouraging them to have the confidence to be themselves.

Founders & Faculty

Principal and Co-Founder

Pauline Quirke

Chairman and Co-Founder

Steve Sheen

Board of Directors

Richard Boreham
Karen Sharman
Fergus Sturrock

Artistic Director

Adam Davenport

Head Of Curriculum

Sarah Varnam

Head of Acting

Carole Bowles

Head of Singing

Alison Guill

Head of Dance

Jill Francis

Head of Creative Media

Alan Mandel

Head of Student Services

Sharon Welford

Course Coordinator

Lucy Beirne

Student Mentor

Holly Miles


Our courses are delivered by industry professionals, with our team including West End performers, actors from stage and screen, vocal coaches and producers. Students are monitored and mentored by our core staff throughout. We also welcome guest masterclass teachers, choreographers and directors for various projects and performances.

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PQA Studios 2018/19 term dates

  • Spring Term 2019

    Term Starts

    Tuesday 8th Jan 2019

    Half Term

    Monday 18th - Friday 22nd Feb 2019

    Term Ends

    Friday 12th April 2019

  • Summer Term 2019

    Term Starts

    Tuesday 30th April 2019

    May Day Bank Holiday

    Monday 6th May 2019

    Half Term

    Monday 27th - Friday 31st May 2019

    Term Ends

    Friday 12th July 2019

PQA Studios

PQA Studios is situated in the heart of London’s vibrant Islington, only a short walk from Kings Cross St Pancras Underground Station. Our facilities include a fully equipped in-house theatre, and several large, high-spec rehearsal studios. For hire enquiries please email or telephone 0208 017 8490

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