About MGA

The MGA Academy of Performing Arts (MGA) is a centre of excellence providing training, support and promotion for young performers in Edinburgh. An Academy with one aim — a professional performing arts career for every graduate.

In 2005 Murray Grant and Andrew Gowland began running workshops in acting, singing, dance and musical theatre in Edinburgh and the surrounding area. By July 2010 they had fulfilled their vision of establishing a permanent base for MGA at its beautiful home in Balgreen Road.

They launched MGA (Murray Grant – Andrew Gowland) because they felt so strongly that students in Scotland could not stay in Scotland and receive the training they needed to succeed in the professional industry due to a lack of modern, professional-level training establishments. They also knew that with London schools charging in excess of £12,000 per year in tuition fees, a relevant and fulfilling training was out of reach for much of the talent that Scotland holds.

Over the last ten years MGA has become the obvious choice for any performing arts student seriously pursuing a career in acting, singing, dance and musical theatre. With a network of professional agents, casting directors, choreographers, directors and producers all supporting its work and graduates, MGA provides its students with an unparalleled level of training opportunities and professional contacts upon graduation.

What’s on offer

From weekly classes to full-time courses, MGA offers professional-quality training at all levels either led by its own permanent teaching team or by visiting performers and practitioners who share the skills and knowledge from their own professional experience with the performing artists of the future.

MGA has Full-Time and Junior schools which together offer a unique mix of training opportunities in acting, singing and dance — so students can be assured of a performing arts training that is second to none. Whether they are looking for a drama school or a Saturday singing class, aspiring performers will find it in Edinburgh with MGA!

Junior School

Full-Time School

Workshops and training events

  • Covering all aspects of performing arts, our workshops include fun sessions for young people and our popular Edinburgh Musical Theatre Summer School, through to professional development and commissions

Summer School 2017 for 8 to 15s

24th July – 4th August

Published 15/5/17   3:44PM

Spring Season of shows open tonight!

The Spring season of performances by Acting, Dance and Musical Theatre students opens tonight and we couldn’t be more excited! Join us for three very special shows starting tonight, May 15th, and running through until Saturday 20th May, at the Church Hill Theatre in Morningside, Edinburgh. The third-year Acting students have… » Read more

Published 28/4/17   3:51PM

MGA becomes first CDET-accredited school in Scotland

Here at MGA we pride ourselves on the quality of training that our students receive. So it is with great pleasure we can announce that The MGA Academy of Performing Arts has been accredited by the CDET, becoming the only performing arts school in Scotland to have achieved this. A… » Read more

Published 24/4/17   3:35PM

Spring season approaches and MGA third years are busy

The MGA graduating year of full-time students are working hard as their courses come to an end and their final run of performances approach in May at the Church Hill Theatre in Edinburgh. After another successful Musical Theatre showcase in London, with over 50 agents attending, MGA is now welcoming… » Read more

Published 9/2/17   5:00PM

Graduate success!

We asked all our graduate students, from 2009 through to 2016, to tell us about life after MGA. We heard back from a fantastic 83% of them! Huge thanks to everyone who responded. Below are some of the key results, along with feedback from a few of our graduate students… » Read more

Published 7/2/17   10:58PM

Dance course builds Momentum

The news for our Dance course students just gets better and better! We are thrilled to announce MGA has been approved by ISTD and is now and accredited centre and is able to offer the opportunity of gaining teaching qualifications to our students! MGA has become the newest Approved Centre… » Read more

Coming soon

Auditions: Full-time Courses 2017-18

11th June

Boys Scholarship Week

24th-28th Jul: BOOK NOW! It’s FREE!!