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Pauline Quirke recognises graduate’s talents

20 December 2013

Lyndsey Boardman

Aimee helps young people reach for the stars

A local drama teacher’s talents have been recognised by actress Pauline Quirke after she became the youngest person to open a branch of the star’s international drama academy.

Aimee Membery, a University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) acting graduate, is the Principal of the first North West branch of the Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts (PQA).

The 24-year-old was chosen to open the drama school at Penwortham Priory High School after a rigorous selection process and now teaches weekly performing arts classes to young people aged four to 18 years.

It has been Aimee’s dream to run a branch of the Birds of a Feather star’s prestigious drama academy, which now boasts over 60 branches in the UK and Europe, since she graduated from UCLan in 2011.

After university Aimee worked as an assistant manager at a travel agency whilst pursuing her dream to become a drama teacher. She then worked on a freelance basis for a local company before being picked up by PQA.

 

“The Preston PQA has really taken off and I’ve seen some talented youngsters come through the door already.”

Aimee commented: “I’m thrilled to have this job only a couple of years after leaving university and it’s great that Pauline Quirke was willing to give me a chance. The Preston PQA has really taken off and I’ve seen some talented youngsters come through the door already.”

Aimee has already snapped up two other former UCLan students to work at her academy; fellow acting graduate Samantha Edwards and Edward Rastelli-Lewis who has a degree in film and media.

She said: “I was keen to tap into local talent and am building a team of dedicated professionals to teach at the academy.

“UCLan encourages students use the strengths of others to make themselves a better person and this attitude has enabled me to use contacts I gained at university to develop and grow my own business.”

Preston PQA runs every Saturday morning at Penwortham Priory High School and has classes in comedy and drama, musical theatre and film and television. For more information visit www.pqacademy.com.