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!

The last few weeks have been all go here at MGA! We stepped into February with Industry Week, where our Third Year BA (Hons) students have the opportunity to meet some amazing professionals from the Performing Arts industry for valuable professional development, Q&A sessions and audition experience as a way to prepare for their next steps as graduates.

The week kicked off with Q&As for our Musical Theatre Third Years with West End and Broadway star Rachel Tucker and Casting Director Laura Donnelly for our Actors and it was non-stop from there! A huge thank you to all our visitors, both in person and online, who came to share their Industry knowledge and experiences with our Acting, Musical Theatre and Dance students: artists, directors, agencies, choreographers and casting directors. (For a full run down, check out our Instagram.)

Industry week provides opportunity for our graduating year students to focus on preparation for life after training, including compiling CVs and portfolios and preparing for showcases and showreel filming.

On Tuesday 8th of March our Musical Theatre graduating class will present a Showcase at the Arts Theatre in the heart of London’s West End. The invitation to attend is open to all industry professionals and agents – if you are interested in joining us for the day, but have not yet confirmed, please contact us at showcase@themgaacademy.com, we’d be delighted to have you there. This project is an opportunity for our students to perform for industry professionals and agents, ahead of graduating, with an aim to secure representation after training.

Meanwhile our Acting and Dance students have been hard at work rehearsing for recording of their showreels, and this week have been in front of the camera with our good friends at Nexus Digital Media. This process offers our graduating class the opportunity to work with a professional film team in various locations and venues to shoot and collate footage for their own independent professional showreels.

You can see behind the scenes action and some Student Takeovers from these shoots over on Instagram, and follow all our students’ showcase journeys there.

Our graduating students from Acting, Musical Theatre and Dance degree courses will be appearing on our Class of 2022 page.

As 2021 draws to an end, why not choose MGA as your destination for 2022!

MGA is now in Phase 3 of auditions for entry in September 2022. Apply now!

This phase ends on Sunday 27th March 2022. Apply to audition, either online or in person in Edinburgh – whichever suits you better – and you could be joining the next group of talented performers to start a Degree or Foundation Course in Acting, Singing or Dance and taking your first steps to that dream career in Performing Arts…

If you are looking for vocational training with incredible links to the professional industry, entry into The Spotlight UK Casting Directory, your Equity Card and internationally-recognised qualifications – we have all of that waiting for you. The MGA Academy of Performing Arts is Scotland’s ONLY CDMT-accredited school.

Take a look through all our course information on the Full-Time Course pages and apply now!

One-year Foundation (HNC) courses

Three-year BA (Hons) courses

BA (Hons) Top-Up year

For advanced students with appropriate qualifications and/or suitable professional experience to join the final year of our Musical Theatre, Acting or Dance degree programme.


* Yr 1 & Yr 2 – HND / Yr 3 – BA (Hons) Top-up

We are delighted to welcome a brand new Head of School of Dance to our Faculty this academic year, the outstanding and multi-talented Lisa Cottrell.

Lisa is a highly experienced theatre practitioner with advanced skills in dance techniques and diverse theatre knowledge. She has a BA (Hons) in Literary and Cultural Devices, as well as an MA in Dance Practices. Lisa’s passion for dance and all genres of the performing arts, is coupled with her commitment to excellence in the delivery of dance training to MGA’s future professionals.

As a choreographer and director she has worked extensively in theatre, the cruise industry and the corporate commercial sector, as well as working with the team at MGA on several occasions over the years. Previous teaching includes, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, Guildford School of Acting Conservatoire.

We are incredibly lucky to have Lisa join us, and we look forward to see the progress she will undoubtedly make with our School of Dance in the future!

The whole team at the MGA Academy of Performing Arts wishes you a very merry Christmas and a fabulous New Year!

We are enormously proud of the way our staff and students have embraced the ‘new normal’ this year, and have high hopes to see our students in some fantastic productions and performances in 2022, and hear more success stories from our fantastically talented graduates.

Our Junior School classes are going strong and we welcome any new members interested in joining in the New Year to Stage Academies and Stage Academinis for some out-of-school acting, singing and dance training.

And we will be welcoming another new intake in September to our Full-time School degree and foundation year programmes – will you be part of it…? If you would like to apply for professional training starting in September 2022 then our application forms are open through the year. You can audition both online or in-person to make it easier for everyone to be able to access the audition process, and our next phase of applications will end on January 16th.

Safe and warmest wishes for this festive season – see you in 2022!

As 2021 draws to an end, why not choose MGA as your destination for 2022!

MGA is now in Phase 2 of auditions for entry in September 2022. Apply now, this phase will close on January 16th 2022! Apply to audition, either online or in person in Edinburgh – whichever suits you better – and you could be joining the next class to start a Degree or Foundation Course in Acting, Singing or Dance and taking to your first steps to that dream career in Performing Arts…

If you are looking for vocational training, accredited by the CDMT, with incredible links to the professional industry, entry into The Spotlight UK Casting Directory, your Equity Card and internationally-recognised qualifications – we have all of that waiting for you.

Take a look through all our course information on the Full-Time Course pages and apply now!

One-year Foundation (HNC) courses

Three-year BA (Hons) courses

BA (Hons) Top-Up year

For advanced students with appropriate qualifications and/or suitable professional experience to join the final year of our Musical Theatre, Acting or Dance degree programme.


* Yr 1 & Yr 2 – HND / Yr 3 – BA (Hons) Top-up

It’s here! Momentum 2021 has arrived!

As part of their professional development, our third-year Dance students work with a professional film team to shoot various dance styles, creating a unique, diverse and dynamic showreel as part of their promotional portfolio after graduation.

This essential project, entitled Momentum, offers our students the best possible exposure to the professional industry even before they leave our studios. Watch a taste of their incredible work in the video below! And huge thanks to our Industry friends Nexus Digital Media for filming and production.

We’ve also celebrated the talents of our full graduating year group this month by releasing an entirely online Graduate Showcase to industry professionals and creatives, and we’re delighted with the feedback. (To see more of our Dancers, as well as our Musical Theatre and Acting graduates, please get in touch with us directly to arrange instant access.)

Our Dance students have been working hard on their performance project for their final year, Impulse Festival of new choreography and Triple Bill – sadly no public performances due to COVID restrictions. And we are all excited that their final project, ’21’, should be live and for an audience in June! To find out more on booking tickets for this and our Acting and Musical Theatre final shows, please visit the Events page.

If you’re inspired by what you’ve seen here and would like to join us as a Dance student in the future, check out our Full-Time School pages for our BA (Hons) in Dance for Commercial Performance and our Foundation Course in Professional Dance Performance.

Credits: Nexus Digital Media Limited.

Earlier this term, our graduating class of Actors had the opportunity to work with Scottish-based production company Wonder Fools.

While in isolation, the students developed and filmed a piece of work called Back To Normal. The performance takes the form of a mockumentary featuring material that varies from the dramatic to the surreal featuring music by regular Wonder Fools collaborators VanIves.

In recent months, events have taken place, which have caused disruption, delusion and despair to people from all over the world. A select few are experiencing a more peculiar set of problems due to losing their superhuman abilities. This documentary sets about to uncover some of the secrets, backstories and transformations of some of the world’s favourite, and some cases forgotten, superheroes.

Back To Normal is a farcical story for the times we are living in and asks: when we lose our sense of self, what do we have left?

MGA is proud to announce that Laura Proudfoot, our current Vice Principal, has been appointed to our Board of Directors to help guide MGA through our next exciting stages of development and expansion.

Throughout her professional career, Laura has been actively involved in the development of performing arts education within the Scottish secondary school curriculum, and has worked with the Dance Development Team at the Scottish Qualifications Authority as an assessor and advisor for the Higher Dance Qualification.

Laura was awarded a first-class BA (Hons) Dance degree through Northumbria University, and continues to be an active teaching member of the Royal Academy of Dance, and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.

Before being appointed at MGA in August 2018, Laura was a Co-Founder and Co-Director of Morningside Advanced Training, providing the delivery of HND Professional Dance Performance qualifications to dancers in full-time vocational training. Prior to embarking on her own business, Laura worked in the dance department at Edinburgh’s Telford College, where she progressed from Lecturer to Head of Department within her 15 years of employment.

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!

Published 14/6/22   1:11PM

Join the Queendom!

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… » Read more

Published 12/6/22   9:22AM

Summer season starts soon

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… » Read more

Published 4/3/22   6:57PM

Getting industry-ready

The last few weeks have been all go here at MGA! We stepped into February with Industry Week, where our Third Year BA (Hons) students have the opportunity to meet some amazing professionals from the Performing Arts industry for valuable professional development, Q&A sessions and audition experience as a way… » Read more