Stephen Hawke

Actor and Drama Teacher


Steve is proudly embroiled in the running of Weekend drama school, The Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts. The first opened in June 2009 in Chelmsford at the Chelmer Valley High School, followed by Brentwood (Shenfield School) in May 2010,  Wickford (September 2010) and Southend (September 2011) where he is a Partner and Principal.

There are two further Essex Academies opening in 2011, in Southend and Colchester and Steve will also Principal these.

Running on Saturdays from 10:00 - 13:00 (Chelmsford, Southend and Wickford) and 14:30 - 17:30 at Brentwood, modules are taught in Film and TV Acting, Musical Theatre and Comedy and Drama for ages 4 to 18, with Adult classes starting in late 2011.


Coalhouse Fort is a Victorian coastal defence fort set in parkland next to the river Thames at East Tilbury in Essex. Very early defensive contruction on this site can be dated to 1402, however, completed in 1874, it was used to defend the approaches to London from the perceived threat of invasion from France and other continental powers. 

The Fort has a long and diversified TV history in recent years, notably Batman Begins with Christian Bale, and Most Haunted with Yvette Fielding.

The Drama Shed and the Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts has been asked to once again coordinate the Halloween event for 2011 (third year running), with students across all locations. With over 3,500 people attending the events opening night last year ("Jacks Back") the expectations for this October's "Lockdown" theme are even higher.




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