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 Part-time 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!

Part-Time Studies

Full-Time Training

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 – HNC and HND / Yr 3 – BA Hons Top Up

Summer School 2020 for 7-15 yr olds

27th July – 7th August, The MGA Academy

Published 19/8/19   5:57PM

Caitlin rules the world!

Some fabulous news from our class of 2018: MGA Musical Theatre graduate Caitlin Tipping is going Divorced, Beheaded, Live on Norwegian Cruise Line! This brand new production of Six The Musical, fresh from London’s West End, will be setting sail around the world, with Caitlin taking on the role of… » Read more

Published 18/6/19   1:17PM

Final call for September 2019 applications...

Our final audition day is coming up in August for entry on to our full-time training courses in September. If you are looking to take your first steps towards a career in the Performing Arts industry, just a few weeks remain to get your application in! MGA is Scotland’s only… » Read more

Published 11/6/19   1:12PM

And they're off! Congratulations Katie!

A massive congratulations to KATIE HINDMARSH who will will be graduating next week as one of MGA’s first generation BA (Hons) Degree students in Musical Theatre – before heading off to Florida start her first professional contract! Katie will play the role of Marty in Grease the musical for Royal… » Read more

Published 29/5/19   12:56PM

Elly joins Ghost

We are thrilled to announce that 2015 Musical Theatre graduate ELLY JAY will be joining the cast of Ghost Das Musical at the Palladium Theatre in Stuttgart, Germany, as part of the Ensemble. Congratulations, Elly!

Coming soon

Commercial Video Week 2019

14th-18th October, The MGA Academy

LA Trip 2019

16th – 21st October, Los Angeles