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

Audition sessions for entry in September 2020 are:

  • 24th November
  • 19th January
  • 1st March (Dublin)
  • 29th March
  • 26th April
  • 31st May
  • 28th June
  • 9th August

Auditions are held at MGA in Edinburgh except where otherwise stated.

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 our Open Day with this form.)

Dates for entry in September 2020 wil be published soon.

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!