Industry exposure

At MGA we pride ourselves on offering world-class training and performance opportunities throughout our suite of courses providing our students with the toolkit they need to develop and sustain a successful career within what is a very competitive industry. Especially for students who have chosen not to study in London.

However, we are also aware that for our students to be successful in the industry, they have to have a working knowledge of the industry itself.

At MGA we take every step possible to ensure that our students have this essential industry knowledge.

We do this by using our contacts with those already in industry to give our students the opportunity throughout their course to work and engage with and ultimately learn from with leading agents, casting directors, directors, choreographers, musical directors and professional performers.

We work with these industry experts to:

  • give our students the earliest possible exposure to industry by helping them develop the skills, experience and knowledge they’ll once they have graduated from MGA
  • provide our students to get a head start on their careers by working on real projects and performances which can broaden their career options upon successful completion of their course
  • produce highly motivated and committed graduates who will become part of future generations of successful performing artists.

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

This holistic approach ensures that our students benefit greatly through gaining industry experience and learning from experts within their field to allow them to kick-start a successful career in their chosen area of the performing arts.

Full-Time Auditions

Applications are taken all year round, until course places are full – so the earlier in the year you apply, the more places will be available. We are currently in our final phase to receive applications, which ends on August 7th.

Auditions are in person at MGA campus in Edinburgh. A member of our team will be in touch within two weeks of submission to take you through the process. Apply now »

In-person audition dates:

  • 2022-23 dates coming soon

If you are unsure which course to apply for, please get in touch admissions@themgaacademy.com and the MGA Team will be happy to discuss it with you.

Published 13/1/23   9:10AM

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The MGA Academy of Performing Arts to welcome prospective students on campus for open day events this February. We will be opening our doors on Wednesday 8th (Acting/Dance) and Thursday 9th February (Musical Theatre) for another series of Open Days. These events are a fantastic opportunity to engage with lecturers,… » Read more

Published 23/12/22   3:28PM

Season's Greetings from MGA

The whole team at the MGA Academy of Performing Arts wishes you a very merry Christmas and a fabulous New Year! We’ve got lots of exciting news to bring in 2023 and we can’t wait to bring more training opportunities in the Performing Arts to Edinburgh! We will be welcoming… » Read more

Published 7/7/22   3:55PM

Congratulations Léo!

Big congratulations to MGA graduate Léo Gabriel (Musical Theatre, class of 2020) who has just concluded his run of WEST SIDE STORY with Opéra national du Rhin as Baby John. Check out these stunning production and rehearsal shots of him in action. Well done, Léo!

Get in touch

Phone: 0330 058 0656

General enquiries/student information: info@themgaacademy.com

Office address: 207 Balgreen Road, Edinburgh, EH11 2RZ, United Kingdom
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