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Since opening our doors on 24th September 2016 we have never looked back! PQA Doncaster is going from strength to strength. We have fantastic facilities, staff and students. There is such a great learning atmosphere in our Academy, with passionate students keen to learn and improve. We provide top class training for ages 4-18 years, and there are some great opportunities coming along in the New Year, such as masterclasses, film screenings, Trinity exams, Quirky Kidz castings and shows. The students are kept busy and trained for the real world in performing arts, in musical theatre, comedy and drama, and film and television. I ensure parents are well informed, and you will always get a warm welcome with PQA Doncaster.  Get in touch for a free taster session.

It's time Doncaster's talent was put on the map, and our PQA kids are the ones to do it!

If you want to see for yourself, please get in touch for a free taster session. I look forward to hearing from you, and to you becoming part of the PQA family here in Doncaster!

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Janet Marsh

Meet the Team

Janet Marsh


Janet Marsh - Principal

Hi! My name is Janet and I am both thrilled and privileged to be the Principal of PQA Doncaster.
I am extremely passionate about performing arts and seeing students excel personally and professionally in their own areas. Expressing their own personalities and working as part of a team, making their own journey, is so rewarding.

I have a wealth of experience to share with my students, being a professional working actress myself and having trained at Birmingham School Of Speech and Drama. I have performed in numerous Theatre In Education productions, Film and TV such as Coronation Street, Hollyoaks, Emmerdale, Heartbeat, Bodies II, and most recently, The Dark Side.

I have been juggling my acting career whilst working full time as a drama teacher and Director Of Learning for 13 years in a local secondary school. This teaching background will ensure a fantastic, structured journey and experience for the students of PQA Doncaster, with first class training, care, guidance and support from the experienced team of professionals working with your children. The academy is set in beautiful surroundings at High Melton ,and the facilities at the university are fantastic.PQA Doncaster is a family affair with my husband as a director, and my two daughters also being heavily involved in performing arts, we really do live and breathe performance.

I am so proud to be leading this academy in Doncaster . It is an exciting opportunity for all involved, whether it's to train students for a career in the industry or to simply improve self-confidence, and to grow as individuals, and make new friends, under the care and supervision of a talented professional and energetic team of teachers, whilst having heaps of fun!
If you love performing, you will love PQA Doncaster. Come and see for yourself!


Vice Principal

David - Vice Principal

Hi, my name is David AKA Janet's husband, AKA Tuck-Shop-Dave, AKA Marshy the First Aider!

Both of my girls are involved at PQA Doncaster and I was roped in to be Front of House every Saturday, look after the finance, work in the tuck shop, carry boxes, in fact, anything I'm told to do! Janet then realised how useful I was and promoted me to VP, which I am very proud of.

I absolutely love being part of the complete set up from behind the scenes to Front of House. I get to meet all the parents and answer any questions. I like to think that I bring the skills of my normal everyday job as a Quality Manager to PQA every week.

What I love is seeing the children grow in confidence and when I get to see them perform - I'm blown away. Performing arts will help them in any walk of life from general socialising, job interviews to performing. I enjoy seeing students' communication skills improve out of lessons too, and the lovely comments parents have about the academy are a joy to hear.

I do love the industry and did tread the boards when I met Janet back when we were both 14 years old. Some of our friends say we are the modern day Von Trapp family!


Musical Theatre

Jourdan - Musical Theatre

Originally from Sheffield Jourdan started her acting career in various short films, Voice overs and Educational DVD's. After training locally and on completion of her A levels, she attended Performance Preparation Academy in Guildford Surrey. There Jourdan focused on her preliminary craft of Musical Theatre, training in Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Stage Combat, singing, Estill Technique and Meisner.

Credits include Judith in Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens, Alexandra in The Witches of Eastwick, Rusty in Footloose and Lady Ashbrook in Coram Boy. Jourdan then made her professional debut as Valerie in Europe's first preview of Times Square Angel (Union Theatre, London) followed by SlimeBall in Jack and the Beanstalk (Bedworth Civic Hall). Jourdan is now venturing into the TV/Film industry where she can be seen playing Queen Acha in new feature 'Whiteblade'.


Comedy & Drama

Nicola - Comedy & Drama

I'm Nicola (Nikki) and I am thrilled to be a part of the PQA family as your Comedy and Drama teacher.
I have always had a passion with performing arts since being 3 years old, from Acting, to singing, to dancing. I've been educated in all aspects of performance through secondary school and college, and I have been a part of many Theatre companies.
Throughout my career, I have been a part of many projects which include musicals, to plays and even short film and Sitcoms which were performed in front of a live audience and camera crew. I have even created my own pieces of work, from Stand up comedy, to writing scripts for my own Plays and Sitcoms. I also have a lot of experience teaching and directing projects with children in different destinations around the world.

I trained at Bath Spa University and have a BA Honours degree in Acting.

I'm very excited to expand and share my experiences and help children gain confidence and knowledge in a subject that I love and adore with the PQA Doncaster team.


Film & Television

David - Film & Television

Biography coming soon.


Teaching Assistant

Tom - Teaching Assistant

Tom has been acting for many years, appearing on stage in local performances and screen as a supporting artist on different Drama and Comedies, such as Emmerdale, Candy Cabs, Body Farm and DCI Banks, to name a few. Tom has also written his own plays and comedies and showcased them to different age groups and audiences.
Tom studied drama and performing arts right the way through secondary school, 6th form and then took his talents to Lincoln University.

He is now looking to further his acting career and appear in bigger roles on screen, as well as help younger people develop their skills to be the best they can be!



Teaching Assistant

Emily - Teaching Assistant

Hi, my name is Emily and I am very excited to be a part of the PQA team as a Teaching Assistant. I've been very passionate about performing from a young age.
I have been training locally at Marilyn Bakers School of Dance, gaining many IDTA & BATD Associate Dance exam qualifications in a range of different dance styles. Whilst studying drama and performing arts throughout the whole of secondary school and 6th form I participated in many of the productions, as well as undertaking extra drama exams after school times. After gaining my A-Levels I decided to expand my training with a BA Hons degree course in Dance Theatre at London Studio Centre.
I have performed to numerous audiences around the Europe including Disney Land Paris, plus worked with a performance agency in Malta where I performed as a 'Scarlet Showgirl'. I also got to experience work within the T.V industry as an extra in the show 'Syndicate'.
I'm honored to be a part of the team, I can't wait to begin helping others achieve their potential and bring out the best in them.


Teaching Assistant

Molly - Teaching Assistant

I am so excited to be the Poppets Teaching assistant at PQA Doncaster. My mum is Janet the Principal, and dad Vice Principal, so we really are a family affair here.

I am currently training on a 3 year Musical Theatre Course at MADD college but I come home every Saturday to teach here at PQA and share my experiences with the students. I also do a lot on YouTube and and eventually my dream is to work in the West End, dance on cruise ships and do anything related to performing.


Teaching Assistant

Katherine - Teaching Assistant

Katherine graduated from the Drama Centre in 2012 and went on to work in theatres across London spedning tim working on new writing at The Donmar Warehouse and RADA.

She has appeared in commercials for Natwest, HSL and Nationwide; provided voiceovers for video games and short films and is a writer at Booruffle Productions who produce short films focusing on complex and interesting characters.


Teaching Assistant

Beth - Teaching Assistant

My name is Bethany Connolly.

I have a background in performing arts through college and experience working with children in forest school, school nurseries and at a private nursery.

I have also previously run workshops during my degree course. I graduated from university with a first class Bachelors of Arts with Honours in Contemporary Performance Practice. This helped further my skills within film and TV, lighting, sound, set design and directing.


Teaching Assistant

Amy - Teaching Assistant

Hi! My name is Amy and I am a TA in whatever lesson Janet needs me.

I began acting during secondary school through to  Sixth form and enjoyed performing in several school shows such as Grease and A Christmas Carol. During my time in sixth form I also completed LAMDA exams with distinction. I had the opportunity to be an extra on TV programmes such as Emmerdale and The Syndicate, both of which gave me the chance to see both sides of performing arts.

I continued my passion for theatre studying Drama at Huddersfield University and graduated with an upper second Bachelor of Arts Degree.

I am so happy to be working for PQA Doncaster as it's a great place for everyone to go, continue to learn and share our skills with the younger generation.

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