Industry exposure

The world-class training and performance opportunities offered on all our courses ensure that MGA students graduate with the skills they need to forge a successful and lucrative career for themselves.

We are acutely aware that this is not the whole story when it comes to successfully preparing young performers for the industry that awaits them – we understand the need to ensure that by the time our students graduate they KNOW the industry. And this is especially true for students who have chosen to study away from the added pressure of London.

MGA students gain a wealth of knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the real world by being given the opportunity whilst training to work with leading agents, casting directors, directors, choreographers, musical directors and professional performers.

MGA students – well rounded, grounded and connected

Recent visitors to MGA have included:

Kerry Ellis – West End and Broadway Musical Theatre Performer
Carole Todd – Director
Gok Wan – TV Personality and Presenter
Adam Garcia – Hollywood Actor and Musical Theatre Star
Ruth Carney – TV, Film and Theatre Director
Benjamin Newsome – Casting Director
Shane Collins – Shane Collins Associates agency
Simon Mayhew – Oxford Adams Associates agency
Ricky Jinks – Choreographer and Dancer
Bonnie Milligan – Broadway Musical Theatre Performer
Lindsay McAllister – Resident Director/Choreographer of Hairspray UK Tour
Shoshana Bean – Musical Theatre Star, Wicked on Broadway
C.J Kirkland – Costume Designer
Christina Bianco – American Actress and Impressionist
Michael Kirkland – Director
Tracy Geltman – Company Manager on Broadway for Hairspray, The Producers, Addams Family, Peter and the Starcatcher
Mark McBride – Musical Director for Bill Kenwright and Celebrity Cruises
Nic Corey – Director
Rachel Tucker – Broadway and West End Musical Theatre Performer
Jonathan Reid Gealt – American Composer
Natalie Weiss – USA Musical Theatre and YouTuber
Sam Archer – Dancer for Matthew Bourne and Choreographer
Ray Quinn – Musical Theatre and TV Personality
Lisa Cottrell – Creative Director for Belinda King
Sally Walford – Casting Director
Zoe Tyler – TV Personality and Entertainment Manager
Dove Cameron – Disney Star and Singer

MGA also offer trips during the year to the United States enabling students to experience the industry on the other side of the pond first hand!

Full-Time Audition Dates

The MGA Team are currently working to create a brand new online audition process. More information regarding this will be announced very soon.

Published 25/3/20   11:27AM

Adapt, innovate, overcome

We will adapt and continue to succeed! During these challenging times we all have to be prepared to change the way we do things. The team at The MGA Academy of Performing Arts have been working hard over the last few weeks to ensure that we are prepared for whatever… » Read more

Published 24/3/20   11:25AM

COVID-19 Update

Statement on MGA’s current response to the COVID-19 outbreak from Managing Director Drew Gowland: We will adapt and continue to succeed. The health and safety of our students, staff and the communities in which we live, work and play are paramount to MGA as an organisation. We have always honoured… » Read more

Published 16/3/20   4:12PM

COVID-19 Update

Statement on MGA’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak from Managing Director Drew Gowland: As one of the founders of MGA and Managing Director, I would like to reach out to you all on behalf of myself, Murray and Marcella, at what is proving to be a worrying time for us… » Read more

Published 26/2/20   10:42AM

Final Year Dance are building Momentum!

Wishing the best of luck to all our final year Dance students as they begin their Momentum filming project today! Follow our student takeover on the MGA Instagram to see what’s happening throughout the shoot, which began bright and early at The Assembly Roxy in Edinburgh. Huge thanks to the… » Read more