Student Experience: Gemma

2010 Graduate, Musical Theatre

I love MGA! I took my first MGA dance class in early 2008 and since then they couldn’t get rid of me! I feel so proud to have watched and been a part of this company’s growth, joining Fierce when it first began to go onto being one of the first MGA Full-Time students, to being one of MGA Management’s clients. Without MGA I wouldn’t be where I am today!

I graduated from MGA in 2010. Since then I have toured Europe as a dancer and singer on two separate occasions. I have worked for Grayboy Entertainment in Sydney, Australia for two seasons, as singer/dancer on board two separate ships. I have worked for companies such as Qudos Entertainment and Imagine Theatre, and have just finished a run of Fame in which I played Iris.

I have watched my closest friends, with whom I trained and graduated at MGA, go on and work all over the world as dancers, singers and models for companies such as Universal Studios, World Wide Events, Beyond Broadway Productions and a whole lot more. One has just finished touring the UK in Hairspray and another is about to embark on a European arena tour of Grease! Personally, I’m currently in the international tour of Mamma Mia understudying the role of Sophie. What do we have in common? The MGA Academy of Performing Arts.

MGA is unique. It’s both a centre of excellence with some of the best training and student opportunities available in Scotland and yet small enough to offer each student a training and an experience that is tailored to their individual needs. All the staff are so dedicated to getting the best out of all their students, putting so much into preparing them for this industry and are also some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. I’d recommend MGA to anyone as training with MGA was one of the best decisions i’ve ever made, you’ll honestly not regret it. I’m just sad that I had to graduate and leave the place!

Full-Time Audition Dates

Our main audition sessions for entry in September 2018 are:

  • 10th June
  • 19th August

All at MGA in Edinburgh except where stated otherwise.

If you are interested in applying for full-time courses at MGA fill in our application form and we will contact you with information on the application process and audition requirements. (You can also book on to the Open Day with this form.)

Published 13/3/18   11:27PM

Degree courses start Sept 2018

We are thrilled to be bringing to MGA – and to Edinburgh – three fully-comprehensive BA (Hons) degrees* in Musical Theatre, Acting and Dance Performance from September 2018! In collaboration with Bath Spa University, MGA undergraduate courses will be offered in the form of three degrees. Last year, MGA became… » Read more

Published 23/2/18   5:20PM

Life is a cabaret for our third years…

As we head into spring, MGA’s third-year Musical Theatre students can be found (as usual at this time of year) busy rehearsing and planning their sets for this year’s cabaret performances. MGA is proud to present our third-year Musical Theatre students in three unique evenings of first-class Cabaret entertainment at… » Read more

Published 20/12/17   5:49PM

Merry Christmas from MGA

MGA would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas, and a magical New Year!

We had a wonderful night on Monday at the Usher Hall, with over 200 students from both Full-time and Junior Schools bringing in enough Christmas cheer to keep us going through the holidays.

Professional standard performance opportunities are what The MGA Academy of Performing Arts is all about. Treating our students like professional performers means that by the time they graduate they are ready for anything.» Read more

Published 3/11/17   3:03PM

Lighting up the winter evenings!

MGA students have had a fabulous start to the new year here at MGA, and it only gets better as next week our students take to the stage to begin MGA’s Winter Season of productions. Full details of each show in production can be found on the Production pages. MGA’s… » Read more