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

Audition sessions for entry in September 2019 are:

All at MGA in Edinburgh except where stated otherwise.

If you are interested in applying for full-time courses at MGA fill in our application form and we will contact you with information on the application process and audition requirements. (You can also book on to our Open Day with this form.)

Published 7/2/19   5:13PM

European auditions for full-time courses

In recognition of the amount of interest we receive each year from potential students outside Scotland, this year we have decided to widen the full-time course audition process to include some european dates! Yep – in 2019, MGA is bringing the audition to to you! Artistic Director Murray Grant and… » Read more

Published 6/2/19   1:27PM

Welcome back, Megan!

Huge congratulations to MGA graduate Megan Gardiner (Musical Theatre, class of 2017) who is currently performing in the UK Tour of Les Miserables. We are thrilled to see her in action right here in Edinburgh at the moment, performing at the Festival Theatre with the Les Miserables company. Lots of… » Read more

Published 2/2/19   1:04PM

Some amazing training weeks coming up this year at MGA…

The MGA School of Part-Time Studies has got an amazing set of training courses and workshops lined up this year, offering some excellent opportunities to develop your Performing Arts skills, learn new ones from fabulous visiting tutors, and to discover what it’s like to train and work in the industry.… » Read more

Published 20/12/18   2:26PM

Seasons Greetings from MGA

Here at The MGA Academy of Performing Arts we would like to take the opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a joy-filled and peaceful New Year! We hope all our hardworking staff and wonderful students of Full-Time and Part-Time schools have a lovely break over the… » Read more