ACADEMIC DIRECTOR

Marcella trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama on the BA Music course and at the Royal Academy of Music, London on the post-graduate musical theatre course where she received the Ian Fleming Musical Theatre Award and the Musicians Benevolent Fund Award.

Theatre Works: A Little Night Music (Jack Lyons Theatre), Evita (Zouk Amphitheatre, Beirut), Richard Rogers Centenary Celebrations (with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall), Les Dialogues Des Carmelites (Edinburgh Festival Theatre), Manon (New Athenaeum). Marcella has also worked as a backing singer for Elton John, performing at Birmingham NEC, The Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Opera House and Wembley, and appearing on BBC 1. Other works include session singing and New Music Theatre Writers workshop.

Marcella’s teaching experience includes; Musical Supervisor for Montage Theatre Arts, London. Vocal Coaching for Forth Children’s Theatre and Musical Director for Edinburgh council’s Musical Theatre Summer School.

Vice-Principal

 
Laura Proudfoot is the Vice Principal at the MGA Academy of Performing Arts. 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.

Throughout her professional career, she has been actively involved in the development of dance 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.

Academic Coordinator

For over a decade Rebecca Wallace performed internationally with various musical theatre shows such as ‘Guys and Dolls’, ‘Broadway!’, Qdos Pantomimes and on Costa and Cunard Cruise Lines. She was Dance Captain and Company Manager for several international dance tours including ‘Spirit of the Dance’ and ‘Dancing Queen’. And although her performance career predominantly kept her in theatre she also had the opportunity to perform in music videos and television programmes. 
 
She continues to choreograph internationally having created the dance element of musical theatre and cabaret shows in Dubai, UAE and across Europe. 
 
After retiring from performing full time Rebecca now delivers classes in 9 styles of dance to an extensive range of abilities in both mainstream and private sectors including inclusive classes for adults to holistically support their physical, emotional and intellectual wellbeing. 
 
Having completed her MSc Dance Science and Education with an additional teaching diploma at Edinburgh University her experience includes educational leadership, curriculum design, research, pedagogy and initial teacher training. 

Head of Dance

MA Dance Practices
BA (Hons) Literary & Cultural Studies

Lisa is a highly experienced theatre practitioner with advanced skills in dance techniques and diverse theatre knowledge.

As a choreographer and director she has worked extensively in theatre, the cruising industry and the corporate commercial sector.

Previous teaching includes, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, Guildford School of Acting Conservatoire.

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.

Head of Acting

Molly trained at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD) and has been an actor for over twenty years. During this time she has received a commendation at the Ian Charleson/National Theatre Awards (for Electra), was nominated for a Stage Award for Acting Excellence (for her role in Moving Objects) and was nominated for a Best Actress CATS award (One day all this will come to nothing). Her theatre work includes stints at The National Theatre of Scotland, The Traverse, The Royal Lyceum, Dundee Rep, Perth Rep, The Citizen’s and the Royal Court as well as many touring companies.

Film and television credits include: Rebus, Taggart, Holby City, A Mug’s Game, Psychos, Takin’ over the Asylum, Rab C. Nesbitt, Lovesick, River City, The Bill, Ratcatcher, Strathblair, The Ferguson Theory, Stella Does Tricks, Afterlife and Karmic Mothers. She has also performed in numerous radio plays for BBC Radio 4.

Molly was one of the Traverse Fifty writers. She received a New Playwright award from The Playwright’s Studio, Scotland in 2014. She has had rehearsed readings of her short plays Legacy and Roads of Grace. Her translation into Scots of Michel Tremblay’s Thérèse and Pierrette and the Wee Hanging Angel was presented by Stellar Quines as part of their Rehearsal Room. Her play Mother Ease was performed at the Traverse during the Edinburgh Festival.

Molly was Associate Director on 13 Sunken Years, a co-production between Stellar Quines and Lung Ha Theatre Companies. She directed the first rehearsed reading of her translation of Thérèse and Pierrette and the Wee Hanging Angel at the Traverse and has directed Five Kinds of Silence for Beyond Broadway Productions.

Molly is also a fully qualified secondary school teacher.

Foundation Course Coordinator

James graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in 2009 and has performed in shows such as Steel Pier‘, ‘Children Of Eden‘, ‘Footloose‘, Sunday In The Park With George‘ and ‘The Lie’. James was also a featured vocalist on board Cunard’s luxury ocean liner, Queen Mary 2. As a performer, James has performed around the world and at prestigious events such as Tartan Day in New York City and sharing a stage with Alan Cumming.

Most recently James can be seen on BBC 1’s ‘I Can See Your Voice’.

As Musical Director, James has worked on Sunshine On Leith, Footloose, Grease, Bare, Boogie Nights and Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens.

As Choreographer, James has worked on the Scottish Premieres of Bonnie & Clyde and Soho Cinders as well as Children Of Eden, American Idiot, Rock of Ages and Aida.

James is a fully qualified EMT (Estill Master Trainer) with Estill Voice International.

Published 1/10/21   7:20PM

MGA is back in the theatre this Christmas!

We are delighted to announce the long-anticipated return of our annual festive showcase A Christmas Wish. Featuring over 200 of our Full-time and Junior School students, this extravaganza of song, dance and festive cheer promises to be more magical than ever after a two year hiatus. To celebrate the return… » Read more

Published 11/6/21   9:38AM

Congratulations Caitlin!

Huge congratulations to our Musical Theatre class of 2018 graduate Caitlin Tipping! Caitlin is currently touring the UK as Jane Seymour, part of the new UK Tour cast of SIX The Musical. The whole MGA team couldn’t be more proud!

Published 13/5/21   2:49PM

Third Year Dancers get their Momentum!

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… » Read more

Published 29/3/21   3:48PM

BA (Hons) Acting course produce 'Back to Normal' with Wonder Fools

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… » Read more