Managing Director

Andrew Gowland is a professional Actor, Musical Theatre Performer and
Director, having trained at The Royal Academy of Music, London, The Birmingham School of Acting and the College of Visual and Performing Arts in the USA. He has maintained a career in Performing Arts for over the last 14 years since graduating in 2003.

In 2005 he co-founded The MGA Academy of Performing Arts including MGA Management and MGA Casting with Murray Grant and remains MGA’s Managing Director.

As Managing Director and Producer for Beyond Broadway Productions Ltd, Andrew has, over the last 12 months, had the pleasure to work with Kerry Ellis, Adam Garcia, Christina Bianco, Ruthie Henshall, Natalie Weiss, Louise Dearman, Shoshana Bean, Scott Alan, Scott Morgan and Jonathan Reid Gealt and Jon Lee.

Finally, Drew is also a serving member of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces as a fully-qualified Royal Air Force Reservist.

www.drewgowland.com / @drewgowland

Creative Director

Murray graduated from London’s Bird College in 2001 and immediately won a contract in London City Opera’s US tour of The Merry Widow (New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and others). He performed in numerous musicals subsequently, including Jesus Christ Superstar (Vienna), Paris Can-Can (Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland), Grease (Zurich) and Saturday Night Fever (Vienna).

As Director and Choreographer, Murray’s extensive credits include shows for P&O Cruises, Musical Starnights (European tour), 12 Tenors (European tour). He also directed and choreographed the concert series Tonight from the West End, working with musical theatre stars Adam Garcia, Ruthie Henshall, Kerry Ellis, Christina Bianco, Louise Dearman and Jon Lee.

Murray recently Directed and choreographed The ‘Life Story’ series of shows for Marella Cruises. There is one of these shows on each of their Explorer and Discovery class ships. He also Directed and Choreographed West End to Broadway on the Discovery Ships.

Murray is the founder of The MGA Academy of Performing Arts (Edinburgh), Beyond Broadway Productions, Network Artist Management, The Theatre Store and Fierce Theatre Schools. Murray has served as a freelance advisor for the Institute of the Arts Barcelona, Cyprus Performing Arts and The Entertainment Department. He is also an international judge for DanceStar world dance competitions, judging Qualifiers in South African and World Final in Croatia.

www.murraygrantofficial.com
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ACADEMIC DIRECTOR

Marcella trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama on the BA Music course and at the Royal Academy of Music, London on the post-graduate musical theatre course where she received the Ian Fleming Musical Theatre Award and the Musicians Benevolent Fund Award.

Theatre Works: A Little Night Music (Jack Lyons Theatre), Evita (Zouk Amphitheatre, Beirut), Richard Rogers Centenary Celebrations (with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall), Les Dialogues Des Carmelites (Edinburgh Festival Theatre), Manon (New Athenaeum). Marcella has also worked as a backing singer for Elton John, performing at Birmingham NEC, The Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Opera House and Wembley, and appearing on BBC 1. Other works include session singing and New Music Theatre Writers workshop.

Marcella’s teaching experience includes; Musical Supervisor for Montage Theatre Arts, London. Vocal Coaching for Forth Children’s Theatre and Musical Director for Edinburgh council’s Musical Theatre Summer School.

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