Former estate agent sets stage for her new career

Aimee Membery principal of the Pauline Quirke Drama Academy in Penwortham with her young charges.

Aimee Membery principal of the Pauline Quirke Drama Academy in Penwortham with her young charges.

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When it comes to acting out drama teacher Aimee Membery is a class act.

Her 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.

University of Central Lancashire acting graduate Aimee 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 school, at Penwortham ‘s Priory Academy and now teaches weekly performing arts classes to four to 18 year olds.

Running the school is a dream come true for Aimee, who graduated in 2011.

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

Aimee said: “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; acting graduate Samantha Edwards and Edward Rastelli-Lewis who has a degree in film and media.

She added: “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.”