Stage Academies

MGA Stage Academies run regular Friday evening and Saturday schools with training in Acting, Singing and Dance for students aged 8 and up.

Stage Academies enable young people in the Edinburgh area to explore the world of Performing Arts in a professional, fun and safe environment, led by experienced and enthusiastic tutors. With top-quality levels of tuition, students at Stage Academies learn and grow as performers, and people, through hard work, determination and – most of all – fun! We are not a franchise, and want to bring the very best of opportunities that MGA can offer to each and every one of our students: ‘quality, not quantity’!

Class information

Stage Academies sessions runs at the MGA building – 207 Balgreen Road, Edinburgh.

Friday session: 5.30pm to 8.30pm
Saturday session: 1.30pm to 4.30pm

What is Stage Academies all about?

On stage or off, Stage Academies enable young people to explore the world of Performing Arts through imagination, co-operation and dedication. There are lots of reasons young people join MGA Stage Academies – it’s a chance to meet new friends, to build on an ambition of a career in Performing Arts, an opportunity to build self-confidence, or simply something exciting to do outside school!

Classes are aimed at young people from the age of 8 and upwards – approx P3 up to S2 – and run parallel with local school terms. Based in our fantastic studio facilities, three groups arranged by age rotate round classes in Acting, Singing and Dancing during a three-hour session.

At the end of every ten-week term parents and guardians are welcomed into the Academy to watch a presentation of the students’ work in progress. At the end of the Christmas term students are given the opportunity to perform in A Christmas Wish, MGA’s annual Christmas concert at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh.

Our tutors

Every member of our teaching team joins us because of a desire to work with young people and to help them fulfil their artistic potential. Our tutors are all respected practitioners in their own areas of expertise. We believe our students respond better to youthful and energetic class leaders, so tutors are carefully selected not only for their specialist skills, but also for their personality, enthusiasm and ability to relate to young people.

Junior School Tutors

David Wood


David is a theatre director, facilitator and tutor based in Glasgow. Having trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, his practice is rooted in ensemble and collaboration.

David has worked with some of Scotland’s most renowned theatre companies and directed award-nominated shows for venues ranging from the Edinburgh Fringe to Singapore.

As a facilitator he’s worked across Scotland, always aiming to give young people the right tools to support their own individual development.

Natalie Marks


Natalie trained at London Studio Centre, on the Classical Ballet programme, and graduated in 2005 from Images of Dance, the graduate company of London Studio Centre.

After graduating, she performed for a few years in Estonia in the Vanemuine Theatre, as well as other eastern European Ballet companies, where she performed in many classical ballets, as well as modern works and regularly danced in the operas.

Natalie then went on to study at the Royal Academy of Dance and embarked on the Professional Dancers Teaching Diploma programme, graduating in 2011. She is an RAD-registered teacher and teaches freelance across Scotland at many different schools, including The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and New College Lanarkshire.

Natalie has gained a large wealth of experience and now wants to share this, in order to teach and train students to the highest standards. Natalie also owns her own Ballet school, which she opened in 2017 in Glasgow.

Our guest tutors have included:

  • Emma Canon – Actress and Musical Theatre Performer
  • Rebecca Stenhouse – Legally Blonde UK Tour
  • Gemma Lawson – Hairspray UK Tour
  • Fergal McGoff – Book of Mormon
  • Robyne Campbell – Norwegian Cruise Line / Universal
  • Kerry Ellis – Wonderland
  • Adam Davidson – Mary Poppins West End
  • Michelle Chantelle Hopewell – Matilda UK Tour
  • Stefan Lloyd Evans – Matilda UK Tour
  • Anu Ogunmefun – Matilda UK Tour
  • Sam Lathwood – Matilda UK Tour

    Jonathan Reid Gealt – Broadway Composer

  • Thomas Audibert – Annie UK Tour

Uniform checklist

Students are required to wear a black MGA hoodie, available to purchase online at, and black jazz pants, a black vest or leotard and black jazz shoes.

Join us!

If you would like to apply for places at one of our Academies for your children then please press the Register Now button and fill in a short online form. Alternatively we can send you an enrolment pack or answer any questions, just get in touch with the Part-time School team at or call the MGA Academy reception on 0330 058 0656.

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