Head of Musical Theatre, Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts


The Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts (PQA) is a UK wide network of Academies, offering performing arts training in Musical Theatre, Comedy & Drama and Film & Television to students aged 4 – 18.

Our Head of Musical Theatre will build on the existing module framework to increase the offering, standards and quality of resources available while, liaising with the Head of Comedy & Drama and Film & Television, other HQ departments, Principals, teachers and industry professionals, to ensure a collaborative approach to the development and implementation of effective teaching and learning strategies. 


  • To continuously develop and evolve the delivery of the Musical Theatre module
  • The creation of project-based lesson plans and schemes of work including skills-based dance and singing
  • Delivery of a cohesive and collaborative approach to projects giving synergy across all three modules
  • The delivery of all Musical Theatre courses for Principals and teachers across the UK
  • Working closely with the Head of Productions on the West End and regional shows
  • Delivery of advice and support to all Academy Principals and teachers
  • Overseeing all major Musical Theatre projects and events throughout the year
  • Mentorship of teachers and Principals
  • Managing and creating resources
  • Attending Academy Launches
  • Visiting Academies across the UK
  • Sharing in cross-module responsibilities

Essential (applicants must be able to evidence all skills listed to apply)

  • A professional Musical Theatre CV
  • Strong background in dance and singing
  • Evidence of working within a training environment at FE/HE level in Musical Theatre (dance and singing) with evidence of outstanding teaching and learning practices for children and young adults and the willingness to drive forward different pedagogical approaches
  • A degree-level qualification or equivalent, or extensive on the job experience
  • Evidence of consistently outstanding teaching and learning practices
  • Exceptional written and spoken English with outstanding attention to detail
  • Flexibility to work outside regular working hours
  • The ability to differentiate and embrace teaching approaches to provide appropriate challenges for all learners and teachers
  • Planning and ability to implement intervention strategies to raise achievement within the Academies
  • Understanding budgets
  • Full UK driving License


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