Introducing The MGA Academy of Performing Arts

Everyone involved with MGA is passionate about acting, singing and dance training for talented young people, not only from Edinburgh and Scotland but from the rest of the UK and beyond. MGA is a centre of excellence providing training, support and promotion for young performers.

Mindful that there are very few independent, specialist performing arts academies outside of London that offer not only the expert tuition but also the industry contacts and career development tools young performers deserve, MGA strives to give those London-based drama schools a touch of competition from ‘up north’! It doesn’t all have to be about London, you know!

As a Scottish Qualifications Authority Approved Centre, MGA guarantees high standards of training and the opportunity to gain experience and recognised qualifications in performing arts.

A team of dedicated professionals form MGA’s permanent teaching staff alongside tutors drawn from across the UK, Europe and the US. Together, they bring a wealth of industry experience to the classes they conduct in acting, singing and dance, as well as to the drama sessions and workshops in Edinburgh and surrounding areas. They are complimented by an amazing group of consultants and visiting professionals who share their skills and experiences of life in the industry with the students and a wonderful group of parents, guardians and friends who support MGA’s work.

By concentrating on a manageable number of students, who are offered not only initial training but ongoing support and advice after graduation, MGA is becoming an obvious choice for anyone seriously considering a career in musical theatre or performance.

What we offer…

Junior School

Full-Time School

Workshops and training events

  • Covering all aspects of performing arts, our workshops include fun sessions for young people and our popular Edinburgh Musical Theatre Summer School, through to professional development and commissions

Published 9/2/17   5:00PM

Graduate success!

We asked all our graduate students, from 2009 through to 2016, to tell us about life after MGA. We heard back from a fantastic 83% of them! Huge thanks to everyone who responded. Below are some of the key results, along with feedback from a few of our graduate students… » Read more

Published 7/2/17   10:58PM

Dance course builds Momentum

The news for our Dance course students just gets better and better! We are thrilled to announce MGA has been approved by ISTD and is now and accredited centre and is able to offer the opportunity of gaining teaching qualifications to our students! MGA has become the newest Approved Centre… » Read more

Published 3/1/17   5:30PM

Happy New Year from all at MGA!

As we head into January, and with a group of our Full-Time students New York bound at this very moment, we want to wish everyone a Happy New Year! Here’s hoping that 2017 will bring even more success and magical moments for our fabulous students in both the Full-time and… » Read more

Published 16/12/16   11:52AM

Christmas Greetings

MGA would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas, and a magical New Year!

We had a wonderful night on Thursday at the Usher Hall, with over 200 students from both Full-time and Junior Schools bringing in enough Christmas cheer to keep us fuelled through the holidays.

Professional standard performance opportunities are what The MGA Academy of Performing Arts is all about. Treating our students like professional performers means that by the time they graduate they are ready for anything.» Read more

Published 22/11/16   6:26PM

Winter Season shows coming up

MGA WINTER PRODUCTION SEASON IS UPON US! Our students are hard at work rehearsing for three fantastic shows coming up in December. Join us Upstairs at Assembly Roxy from December 5th to 10th for a week of live theatre featuring our wonderful Acting and Musical Theatre students. Full details of… » Read more

Coming soon

Auditions: Full-time Courses 2017-18

30th April

Boeing Boeing

15th-16th May, Church Hill Theatre