In celebration of the launch of our BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance Course in September 2024, our Artists in Residence and Programme Leaders ‘WHITE AND GIVAN’ are hosting a Contemporary Elite Intensive on Saturday 2nd March 2024 for the UK’s most promising young talent in Contemporary Dance (age 16+).

Attendance is by invitation only. If you wish to be considered for one of only 12 spaces, please contact admissions.manager@themgaacademy.com with a brief overview of your training and a video that shows you to the best of your ability.

Best of luck! 

 

 

The MGA Academy of Performing Arts to welcome prospective students on campus for open day event this February.

Following on from the success of our open day in November, We will be opening our doors on Thursday 29th February once again. These events are a fantastic opportunity to engage with lecturers, staff, and current students to find out more about the excellent opportunities MGA can offer those looking to pursue a professional career in performing arts.

Visitors will be able to observe some classes, chat with students and find out more about the world-class team of lecturers within our Acting, Musical Theatre and Dance faculties.

Picking a course is one of the most important decisions to make if you are hoping to achieve a professional career in Performing Arts.

The MGA Academy of Performing Arts offers the perfect mix of training, performance opportunities, expert tuition and cutting-edge career development tools, alongside a fabulous student community and of course our  new 30,000 sq ft campus in West Lothian, there really has never been a better time to find out how we can set you on the pathway to a successful career in an increasingly competitive industry!

With unrivalled access to professional industries, MGA offers unparalleled training opportunities for young performers. Our Academic Director Marcella Macdonald says:
“There has never been a better time to come and train at MGA. The Open Day gives you an opportunity to really get to know us as a college, meet the staff and students and see the fantastic training that we provide.”

So whether you want to know more about Musical Theatre, Acting and Dance courses or are ready to apply and want to get a feel for the college, this is the perfect opportunity to find out what MGA’s vocational performing arts training is all about. Click here to register

ONE of Scotland’s leading performing arts schools has announced it will be hosting its annual magical Christmas show to raise vital funds for a prominent mental health charity.

Taking place for one night only on December 13th at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, MGA Academy has promised that the extravaganza will have something for the whole family to enjoy, with proceeds being donated to Scottish Action for Mental Health (SAMH).

During ‘A Christmas Wish’, 250 students will take to the stage to perform a whole host of festive songs and dances that aim to get audiences in the festive spirit.

Marcella Macdonald, Principal of The MGA Academy, said: “We are thrilled to present this Christmas gift to Edinburgh audiences and spread some festive cheer during the most wonderful time of the year.

“We’re proud that A Christmas Wish will raise vital funds and awareness for SAMH, a cause very important to supporting wellbeing across Scotland at a time of year when mental health issues can be at a crisis point.

“This show is always a favourite among students and staff, and we have so many incredibly talented students who are eager to put on a fantastic performance to create some Christmas magic.”

 

Money raised will be donated to SAMH which operates over 70 services in communities across Scotland, providing mental health social care support, addictions, and employment services, among others.

Catriona Wilson, Community and Events Fundraiser at SAMH said: “We are thrilled that the MGA Academy has chosen to raise funds for SAMH again this year.

At SAMH, we know how a mental health problem can affect everything. It can have the most profound impact on our relationships, our work, our wellbeing and our quality of life.

The funds raised will help us raise awareness, promote good mental health and support those in Scotland who need it most. From all of us at SAMH, a heartfelt thank you.”

A Christmas Wish has been a project months in the making, with students undergoing rehearsals on top of their usual course schedules to perfect a range of beloved Christmas songs, dances, and festive sketches.

Audiences can expect timeless holiday tunes with a twist, imaginative new takes on tradition, and touching moments that embody the warmth and togetherness that the Christmas season inspires.

The MGA Academy has become Scotland’s top hub for nurturing the next generation of musical theatre, acting, and dance stars. It prides itself on pushing young creatives to achieve their highest potential.

The Academy is approved by the Scottish Qualifications Agency, the Imperial Society for the Teachers of Dance, and is Scotland’s only fully accredited college with the UK’s Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre.

Tickets for A Christmas Wish can be purchased here

To read more about SAMH, please visit their website 

MGA alumni in the spotlight after creating new theatre company

ALUMNI from one of Scotland’s top performing arts academies have started their own theatre company following their recent graduation this summer.

David Gardner and Will Robertson had dreams of starting their own theatre company since meeting during their BA (Hons) in Acting at The MGA Academy of Performing Arts, Edinburgh.

They are currently in the process of launching their theatre company, ‘Weegie Burgher’, which aims to amplify working class, LGBTQIA+ and disabled voices in theatre.

David Gardner said: “As part of the acting course, we devised our own work, through both improv and script creation, this is really when we both started to shine.”

“We had fun, and I think the most important part of any creative process is having fun in what you’re doing.

“Whilst being at MGA, we were given the tools to support ourselves in the industry once we graduated. So, once we finished, we knew it was time to make the next steps and felt prepared to pursue our dreams of starting our own company.”

“I’m thankful for my time at MGA and where it’s brought me today with the people that I know and the friends that I have. Had I not gone there, this never would have happened. I’m extremely grateful for the entire experience.”

Scottish working-class actors, David and Will faced challenges throughout their lives which inspired the creation of their new company.

After being diagnosed with Haemophilia A, a blood clotting disorder, David got arthritis in his ankle which stopped his musical theatre dreams in their tracks. This was a struggle for him that affected his career ambitions but found his passion for acting which gave him the motivation and drive to open Weegie Burgher.

Since the age of 12, Will was a young carer for his mum, who had always supported him in becoming an actor and, when she passed away in Will’s first year at university, MGA were very supportive.

David let Will move in with him, and they developed a very strong bond. Will’s background led him to write complicated and comedic pieces as, when he was looking after his mum and it got tough, the best thing he could do was laugh.

Both men felt it was important to create theatre that dealt with working-class stories, queer issues and disabled inequalities to showcase underrepresented voices.

As courses at MGA are employment-driven to help students strive in the performance industry, the Weegie Burgher creators left their studies feeling ready to break into the theatre industry with their own company.

Marcella Macdonald, Principal of MGA, said, “Will and David’s story is very inspiring, and I am proud that two of our talented alumni are following their dreams post-graduation.

“At MGA we pride ourselves on offering world-class training and performance opportunities throughout our programs, equipping our students with the skills they need to build and sustain successful careers in a highly competitive industry.

 

“We look forward to following David and Will’s careers and celebrating their future accomplishments.”

MGA is Scotland’s only fully accredited performing arts college, holding Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), Council of Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre (CDMT) and Imperial Society for the Teachers of Dance (ISTD) certifications.

David added: “One of the great things about training at MGA was the access to faculty. Having lecturers who are still practising is really inspiring. Many of them have had long careers, and they are well-connected. We really did get to learn from the best.”

Learn more about The MGA Academy and how to enrol for courses here: https://www.themgaacademy.com/apply

Apply for a course at The MGA Academy of Performing Arts and be part of something extraordinary!

Our first auditions for our 2024 intake will be held in Livingston on Monday 15th January 2024!

See below for information about all our course levels and apply today!

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Our lucky Musical Theatre and Dance students were treated to an unforgettable experience as performers from Strictly Ballroom: The Musical took a break from touring and brought the glitz and glamour of ballroom dancing to life The MGA Academy of Performing Arts last week!

Kevin Clifton, BBC Strictly Come Dancing star, along with cast members Poppy Blackledge and MGA’s very own Musical Theatre graduate Kieran Cooper led an exclusive and energetic samba masterclass. It was a fantastic opportunity for MGA students to engage and learn from renowned professionals who shared techniques, knowledge, and valuable insights into the audition process.

Kevin said: “I loved being at MGA because we weren’t just trying to teach a bit of dancing and the technique behind it but also show the students the audition process. For our show, it takes a lot of letting go in terms of everyone’s inhibitions and really going for it in the room. I feel everyone really committed to it which was really lovely to see.

“To be honest at that age I probably wouldn’t have committed to letting go like that, so it was
really great to see and it’s been great to spend time with such a talented bunch.”

Our students had the privilege of learning from Poppy, a talented performer and integral part of the Strictly Ballroom: The Musical cast, and were delighted to welcome back BA (Hons) Musical Theatre graduate Kieran. Kieran’s journey to performing in such a prestigious production showcases where the exceptional training and opportunities provided by MGA can lead!

Kieran said: “I started MGA in 2013 to study the Musical theatre course, graduating in 2016. I really enjoyed my time there, mainly because everyone is so friendly and welcoming. I had never sung or danced before but everyone was just so encouraging, looking back I can honestly say they were some of the best years of my life.

“It was great to bring Kevin and Poppy from Strictly Ballroom along and we did a little samba routine from the beginning of the show, and everyone was amazing. I knew the talent level at MGA is high, but we were shocked at just how good the students were today. Everyone was amazing and it’s been great fun.”

Current MGA Musical Theatre student Reece Hannah said: “It was a truly incredible experience to have Kevin, Poppy, and Kieran here at MGA. Learning from industry professionals and seeing Kieran’s journey from MGA to performing in this production was truly inspiring. It has motivated me to pursue my dreams with even greater passion and determination.”

This visit reinforces MGA’s reputation as a leading institution for Performing Arts education that provides a platform for aspiring performers to remain in Scotland while studying at a level equivalent to prestigious London colleges. This year we move headquarters to a dedicated 30,000 square foot campus in Livingston, allowing us to triple our student intake and expand our educational programme, offering even more opportunity for students to start their professional journeys.

MGA is delighted to offer for the first time a special weekend dedicated to anyone interested in professional training in acting.

This workshop will offer an insight into the BA (Hons) Acting course offered by the MGA Academy of Performing Arts and will primarily focus upon the development of a professional acting skillset both for screen and stage. The course will be led by members of the MGA Academy Acting Faculty from the BA (Hons) Acting programmes with participants also receiving the chance to undertake a mock audition over the course of the weekend.

The workshop takes place on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th April from 10am – 4.30pm each day at our Balgreen Road Campus in Edinburgh. Registration is open now and places are strictly limited to apply soon!

Find out more details on our workshop page here and then click to register for your free place to join us!

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 another new intake in September to our Full-time programmes – will you be part of it…? If you would like to apply for professional training starting in September 2023 then our application forms are open through the year.

Wonderful and warmest wishes for this festive season – see you in 2023!

We are delighted to announce that star of Six! The Musical UK Tour and MGA alum Caitlin Tipping will be returning to the MGA Academy THIS SUMMER, to lead our Musical Theatre Summer School!

Fresh off the UK Tour as Jane Seymour, Caitlin will lead us through an incredible week of Musical Theatre workshops themed around Six! The Musical for anyone aged from 7 to 15.

Come along to meet Caitlin and learn to unleash your inner Queen! Find out what it’s like to perform on a professional stage, and work towards a performance based around Six! for friends and family at the end of the workshop week. Caitlin can’t wait to meet and work with you all!

The course runs during school summer holiday, Monday 1st August to Friday 5th August 2022

For more information and to book your spot now, click here «

Our Full-Time School Summer productions featuring graduating classes in Acting, Musical Theatre and Dance are on the way and tickets are still available! Book your tickets now at The Theatre Store.com!

We are thrilled to be welcoming some wonderful visiting Artists from across the Industry to create four fabulous shows with our Acting, Musical Theatre and Dance class of ’22.

Our Acting graduates will be performing two plays during 15th – 18th June at the Rose Theatre, THE LIGHTS written by Howard Korder and directed by Samantha Robinson, and THE SWEET SCIENCE OF BRUISING written by Joy Wilkinson and directed by MGA’s Head of Acting, Molly Innes.

Our Dance students perform their final production RISE UP directed by members of MGA’s Dance Faculty and directed by Head of Dance Lisa Cottrell at St Stephens over June 15th-18th. And our Musical Theatre students take to the stage for their final show, THE WEDDING SINGER, directed by Simon Greiff, at the Rose Theatre from June 22nd-25th.

Click below for more details of productions. We look forward to welcoming you all back for more theatre!

Published 9/2/24   9:15AM

Contemporary Elite Intensive - The MGA Academy x WHITE AND GIVAN

In celebration of the launch of our BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance Course in September 2024, our Artists in Residence and Programme Leaders ‘WHITE AND GIVAN’ are hosting a Contemporary Elite Intensive on Saturday 2nd March 2024 for the UK’s most promising young talent in Contemporary Dance (age 16+). Attendance is… » Read more

Published 13/1/24   9:10AM

MGA Academy to Host Open Day

The MGA Academy of Performing Arts to welcome prospective students on campus for open day event this February. Following on from the success of our open day in November, We will be opening our doors on Thursday 29th February once again. These events are a fantastic opportunity to engage with… » Read more

Published 11/12/23   9:57AM

Christmas Wish aims to raise vital funds for charity

ONE of Scotland’s leading performing arts schools has announced it will be hosting its annual magical Christmas show to raise vital funds for a prominent mental health charity. Taking place for one night only on December 13th at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, MGA Academy has promised that the extravaganza will have… » Read more

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