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

Summer School 2018 for 7-15s

Coming Summer 2018!

Published 3/11/17   3:03PM

Lighting up the winter evenings!

MGA students have had a fabulous start to the new year here at MGA, and it only gets better as next week our students take to the stage to begin MGA’s Winter Season of productions. Full details of each show in production can be found on the Production pages. MGA’s… » Read more

Published 16/8/17   11:36AM

It's MGA's Edinburgh this summer…

The MGA Academy of Performing Arts are taking the streets of Edinburgh by storm this month after a fabulous end to the year and a busy July. We had an amazing two weeks with our ‘Stage to Screen’ Summer School, welcoming lots of talented young people to MGA to work… » Read more

Published 4/7/17   7:40PM

Congratulations, Class of 2017!

Last month we were thrilled to send out another generation of fabulous students into the professional world of Performing Arts – particularly because 2017 marks the first year of MGA graduates from all three course streams. So huge congratulations to all our students: graduating in Musical Theatre, in Dance, and,… » Read more

Published 8/6/17   6:55PM

Make a change - take the next step

Take control of your future with The MGA Academy of Performing Arts! Our final set of ‪auditions‬ for entry in 2017 are coming up in August. As summer gets under way it’s definitely time to think about what you next step is to achieve the career of your dreams! With… » Read more

Published 15/5/17   3:44PM

Spring Season of shows open tonight!

The Spring season of performances by Acting, Dance and Musical Theatre students opens tonight and we couldn’t be more excited! Join us for three very special shows starting tonight, May 15th, and running through until Saturday 20th May, at the Church Hill Theatre in Morningside, Edinburgh. The third-year Acting students have… » Read more

Coming soon

Auditions: Full-time Courses

November 19th, Edinburgh

A Christmas Wish 2017

18th December, Usher Hall