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 2019 for 7-15s

22nd July – 2nd August, The MGA Academy

Published 8/3/19   4:54PM

Congratulations Third Years!

A huge thanks to all the organisations, agencies, friends and industry guests who came to our two MGA Graduate Showcases this week. We’ve been thrilled by the support for both groups of third year students and had two fantastic showcase performances: in Glasgow on Monday, at the Tron Theatre, and… » Read more

Published 27/2/19   2:42PM

Showcase season has arrived...

We are delighted to present our third year classes to the industry as the first generation of MGA students taking the new BA (Hons) degree courses! Acting Showcase takes place on Monday 4th March at the Tron Theatre (Glasgow) Musical Theatre Showcase takes place on Thursday 7th March at Soho… » Read more

Published 7/2/19   5:13PM

European auditions for full-time courses

In recognition of the amount of interest we receive each year from potential students outside Scotland, this year we have decided to widen the full-time course audition process to include some european dates! Yep – in 2019, MGA is bringing the audition to to you! Artistic Director Murray Grant and… » Read more

Published 6/2/19   1:27PM

Welcome back, Megan!

Huge congratulations to MGA graduate Megan Gardiner (Musical Theatre, class of 2017) who is currently performing in the UK Tour of Les Miserables. We are thrilled to see her in action right here in Edinburgh at the moment, performing at the Festival Theatre with the Les Miserables company. Lots of… » Read more

Coming soon

Portugal Audition: Full-Time Courses

26th April 2019, Lisbon

Auditions: Full-time Courses

28th April 2019, Edinburgh