It’s here! Momentum 2021 has arrived!

As part of their professional development, our third-year Dance students work with a professional film team to shoot various dance styles, creating a unique, diverse and dynamic showreel as part of their promotional portfolio after graduation.

This essential project, entitled Momentum, offers our students the best possible exposure to the professional industry even before they leave our studios. Watch a taste of their incredible work in the video below! And huge thanks to our Industry friends Nexus Digital Media for filming and production.

We’ve also celebrated the talents of our full graduating year group this month by releasing an entirely online Graduate Showcase to industry professionals and creatives, and we’re delighted with the feedback. (To see more of our Dancers, as well as our Musical Theatre and Acting graduates, please get in touch with us directly to arrange instant access.)

Our Dance students have been working hard on their performance project for their final year, Impulse Festival of new choreography and Triple Bill – sadly no public performances due to COVID restrictions. And we are all excited that their final project, ’21’, should be live and for an audience in June! To find out more on booking tickets for this and our Acting and Musical Theatre final shows, please visit the Events page.

If you’re inspired by what you’ve seen here and would like to join us as a Dance student in the future, check out our Full-Time School pages for our BA (Hons) in Dance for Commercial Performance and our Foundation Course in Professional Dance Performance.

Credits: Nexus Digital Media Limited.

Earlier this term, our graduating class of Actors had the opportunity to work with Scottish-based production company Wonder Fools.

While in isolation, the students developed and filmed a piece of work called Back To Normal. The performance takes the form of a mockumentary featuring material that varies from the dramatic to the surreal featuring music by regular Wonder Fools collaborators VanIves.

In recent months, events have taken place, which have caused disruption, delusion and despair to people from all over the world. A select few are experiencing a more peculiar set of problems due to losing their superhuman abilities. This documentary sets about to uncover some of the secrets, backstories and transformations of some of the world’s favourite, and some cases forgotten, superheroes.

Back To Normal is a farcical story for the times we are living in and asks: when we lose our sense of self, what do we have left?

MGA is proud to announce that Laura Proudfoot, our current Vice Principal, has been appointed to our Board of Directors to help guide MGA through our next exciting stages of development and expansion.

Throughout her professional career, Laura has been actively involved in the development of performing arts education within the Scottish secondary school curriculum, and has worked with the Dance Development Team at the Scottish Qualifications Authority as an assessor and advisor for the Higher Dance Qualification.

Laura was awarded a first-class BA (Hons) Dance degree through Northumbria University, and continues to be an active teaching member of the Royal Academy of Dance, and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.

Before being appointed at MGA in August 2018, Laura was a Co-Founder and Co-Director of Morningside Advanced Training, providing the delivery of HND Professional Dance Performance qualifications to dancers in full-time vocational training. Prior to embarking on her own business, Laura worked in the dance department at Edinburgh’s Telford College, where she progressed from Lecturer to Head of Department within her 15 years of employment.

Last week, MGA welcomed special guest professionals from across the Performing Arts industry to speak with our third-year students for our annual Industry Week.

Huge thanks to the visiting casting directors, choreographers, agents and creatives who participated and shared their incredible Industry knowledge, experience and talents with our graduating year students!

Our Acting, Musical Theatre and Dance third years took part in some fantastic sessions including one-to-one opportunities, Q&As, workshops, masterclasses and auditions with:

• Terence Rodia, Agency Director of YOU Management
• Hannah Miller, Head of Casting for The Royal Shakespeare Company
• Senay Taormina, Creative Director of The Dark Horse Agency
• Ruth Carney, Director of “Lord of The Rings: The Musical” and “Ghost: The Musical”
• Laura Donnelly, Head of Casting for The National Theatre of Scotland
• Simon Mayhew, Company Director and Agent of Collective Agents
• Tracey Illiffe, International Choreographer
• Richard Peakman, West End Performer and Choreographer
• Susie Dumbreck, Agency Director of Infinity Artist Management
• Ryan Ferrie, Associate Agent of Infinity Artist Management
• Graeme Pickering, Choreographer and Casting Associate for Celebrity Cruises
• Adele Leatham, Casting Agent for The Entertainment Department
• James and Rosie Pearson, Head of Pearson Casting, Casting Team for “Six The Musical”
• Rae Hendrie, Casting Agent at Julie Harking Casting
• Becky Barrett, Agency Director of Becky Barrett Management
• Alex Turney and David Greigo, Casting Team for Viking Cruises
• Tabitha Watson, Agency Director of Network Artist Management
• Andrew Harding, Agency Director of Andrew Harding Management
• Ryan-Lee Seager, West End Choreographer

At MGA we take preparation of our students for the real world of Performing Arts incredibly seriously, and maintain and strong and active network of Industry contacts to help give graduates the best platform to step into the profession. Find out more about our Full-time professional training courses here »

Our Full-Time School Spring and Summer productions are now open for booking. We’re delighted to be working with the team at The Theatre Store.com, where you can now purchase tickets for our upcoming seasons of graduate productions.

We are thrilled to be welcoming some wonderful visiting Artists from across the Industry to create seven fabulous shows with our Acting, Musical Theatre and Dance students. The Spring season kicks off with a fabulous dance Triple Bill in May and continues through to June, closing with Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. We can’t wait to get back into our rehearsal and theatre spaces here in Edinburgh, including The Rose Theatre, Assembly Roxy and The Studio, Festival Theatre.

Please note that due to current COVID-19 restrictions, we are currently selling 50% capacity for each
of these productions.

Click below for more details of productions. We look forward to get to work creating these exciting shows and to welcoming you all to the theatre soon!

Apply now for September 2021 entry for Acting, Musical Theatre and Dance training at The MGA Academy of Performing Arts!

From HNC Foundation courses through to three-year BA Hons degree qualifications, applications are now being accepted for Phase Three of our audition process which ends Friday 26th March 2021.

If you are looking for vocational training that is accredited by the CDMT (Confirming Quality in Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre) and has…

  • Incredible links to the professional industry
  • Entry into Spotlight’s Casting Directory
  • Opportunity to gain your Equity Card
  • Internationally-recognised qualifications

… we have all of that waiting for you!

Applications are taken all year round, until course places are full – so the earlier in the year you apply, the more places will be available.
We have adapted our application process in this time of change: all auditions are in video format and all files are submitted online. If you are unsure which course to apply for, please get in touch admissions@themgaacademy.com and the MGA Team will be happy to discuss it with you.

Apply now and let us support you on your journey to a career in Performing Arts »

Or click below for details of each course.

One-year Foundation (HNC) courses

Three-year BA (Hons) courses

BA (Hons) Top-Up year

For advanced students with appropriate qualifications and/or suitable professional experience to join the final year of our Musical Theatre, Acting or Dance degree programme.


* Yr 1 & Yr 2 – HND / Yr 3 – BA (Hons) Top-up

We’re incredibly delighted to be welcoming immensely talented director and actor Simon Greiff to MGA later this Spring! He will be working with our third-year Musical Theatre students, directing their production of Carrie: The Musical with our very own Simon Hanson as Musical Director.

Carrie: The Musical is on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th May at 7.30pm, at Assembly Roxy Central in Edinburgh. Tickets are available now, click here for more! »

Simon trained as an actor at THE CENTRAL SCHOOL OF SPEECH AND DRAMA, and for over twelve years worked in award winning Theatre, BAFTA winning television and film, and created leading roles in the West End and across the UK. He also has experience in producing, casting, has worked as a dramaturg, and as an acting coach.

Credits as Director: PICTURE PERFECT (The Other Palace, premiere) which he also conceived, PAYBACK (Riverside Studios, premiere), STAND TALL A ROCK MUSICAL (45th Street Theatre New York and Landor Theatre London, premiere), A SONG CYCLE FOR SOHO (Soho Theatre, premiere) which he also co-created, THE PORK CRUNCH (Pleasance Theatre, premiere), the Off-Broadway musical STRIKING 12 (Waterloo East Theatre, European premiere), RUMPY PUMPY! (Theatre Royal Windsor, premiere) and GIRL IN A CRISIS (Crazy Coqs at Zedel, premiere).

Showcase/Readings include: TYRELL (Turbine Theatre as part of MTFestUK 2020), RARE BIRDS The Voices Of Holloway Prison (Soho Theatre) which he also devised, WILDWOOD (Ambassador Theatre Group), Stiles & Drewe’s ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN! which he also conceived, VAN WINKLE and BEFORE AFTER (all at The Other Palace), SOUL MATES (Stratford East as part of BEAM 2018), THE CHIEF (Finborough Theatre). Simon was an associate member of Mercury Musical Developments, having directed their star-studded 20TH ANNIVERSARY GALA (Novello Theatre) and directed/produced THE S&S AWARD GALA 2014 and 2015 (The Other Palace).

Drama school credits as Director: LITTLE WOMEN (Bird College), THE SUNSHINE GANG (MTA), MY FAIR LADY (Mountview), MADE IN DAGENHAM (Bird College), THE TWELVE CHAIRS (Royal Central School of Speech & Drama), SISTER ACT (Bird College), ANIMUS (Trinity Laban), MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG (London College Of Music), ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN! (Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama), JUST THE TICKET (MTA), GODSPELL (Trinity Laban), A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (London College Of Music), VEOLIA SONGS (Royal Central School of Speech & Drama), INTO THE WOODS (Trinity Laban), BAD GIRLS (MTA), SPRING AWAKENING (MasterAct) and A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING (Arts Educational).

As well as visiting MGA, Simon also leads masterclasses and workshops at Royal Central School, Royal Welsh College, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Arts Ed London, Associated Studios, American College Dublin, Southampton University, Irish College of Musical Theatre and Guildford School of Acting.

Credits as Associate Director: the Take That / Tim Firth musical THE BAND (UK/Ireland Tour, West End, Germany), THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW ‘LIVE’ (Playhouse Theatre London) starring the shows creator Richard O’Brien, which was also screened live in Picturehouse cinemas across Europe, and THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (UK/European 2016 Tour). Credits as Resident Director: WE WILL ROCK YOU (UK/Ireland Tour 2009), the 40th anniversary production of THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (UK/Ireland Tour 2013), MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT (UK/Ireland Tour) and FUNNY GIRL (UK/Ireland Tour) starring Sheridan Smith.

For more information about Simon visit: www.SimonGreiff.com or follow on him on Twitter @SimG_Direct and Instagram @simon_greiff

For this entire month of November we’re offering 50% off the cost of our Summer School and Week In The Life courses in 2021. Don’t miss out – book now and take advantage of this amazing discount!

A Week In The Life — 2nd to 6th August 2021

Experience what it feels like to be training in Acting, Musical Theatre or Dance at Degree Level. Enjoy five full days following a full-time student’s intense weekly schedule with our teaching faculty here at MGA. First choose your course, then get the opportunity to experience life as a Performing Arts student, learning what is expected and how to succeed. For students aged 13+ years.

Summer School — 9th to 13th August 2021

Do something incredible during your summer holiday — come to MGA and learn from some of the best teachers and professional performers that the UK has to offer. Our summer courses offer specialist training in Performing Arts. With West End professionals as guest tutors and an opportunity to work with the incredible team at MGA, students aged 7 to 15 years are in for a great time!

Full details and booking information can be found on our Events page!

We’re already thinking about the future and can announce the opening of our Full-Time training application process for entry in September 2021.

First Round of applications are being taken NOW – and this round will close on November 27th. You can apply right now through our online registration system and as our full audition process is now done online you won’t even have to leave the house!

Take that first step towards the Performing Arts, Dance, Acting or Musical Theatre career you’re dreaming of! With BA Hons Degree courses, HNC, HND and Foundation courses, alongside teacher training options, we know we have the perfect course waiting for you. World class tuition and links into the professional industry? We’ve got them! See you soon…

One-year Foundation (HNC) courses

Three-year BA (Hons) courses

BA (Hons) Top-Up year

For advanced students with appropriate qualifications and/or suitable professional experience to join the final year of our Musical Theatre, Acting or Dance degree programme.


* Yr 1 & Yr 2 – HND / Yr 3 – BA (Hons) Top-up

You must be a UK or EU resident to apply for MGA’s professional full-time training courses.

We are thrilled to have had a fabulous first week welcoming back all our Full-Time Training students into MGA Facilities and getting to know our new first years. It’s been wonderful to welcome and work with over 100 new students and staff as this new academic year commences.

Also a huge thank you to Nexus Digital Media who have been documenting our return to the studio and helping our staff settle in with some filming sessions.

This weekend we are also delighted to welcome back our Part-Time students – and our Junior School members will be putting the new studio arrangements through their paces on Saturday. The Part-Time Team have worked tirelessly over the Summer to ensure that we can continue these classes whilst maintaining the safety for both students and staff!

Thanks to all our students and Faculty for a wonderful first week. It certainly feels great to be back, and with such a positive atmosphere.

Published 11/6/21   9:38AM

Congratulations Caitlin!

Huge congratulations to our Musical Theatre class of 2018 graduate Caitlin Tipping! Caitlin is currently touring the UK as Jane Seymour, part of the new UK Tour cast of SIX The Musical. The whole MGA team couldn’t be more proud!

Published 13/5/21   2:49PM

Third Year Dancers get their Momentum!

It’s here! Momentum 2021 has arrived! As part of their professional development, our third-year Dance students work with a professional film team to shoot various dance styles, creating a unique, diverse and dynamic showreel as part of their promotional portfolio after graduation. This essential project, entitled Momentum, offers our students… » Read more

Published 29/3/21   3:48PM

BA (Hons) Acting course produce 'Back to Normal' with Wonder Fools

Earlier this term, our graduating class of Actors had the opportunity to work with Scottish-based production company Wonder Fools. While in isolation, the students developed and filmed a piece of work called Back To Normal. The performance takes the form of a mockumentary featuring material that varies from the dramatic… » Read more

Published 29/3/21   10:17AM

Laura Proudfoot joins the Board of Directors

MGA is proud to announce that Laura Proudfoot, our current Vice Principal, has been appointed to our Board of Directors to help guide MGA through our next exciting stages of development and expansion. Throughout her professional career, Laura has been actively involved in the development of performing arts education within… » Read more