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 last audition session for entry in September 2018 is:

  • 19th August

**NEW** Audition sessions coming up for entry in September 2019 are:

  • 25th November
  • 27th January
  • 17th February (Dublin)
  • 17th March
  • 24th March (Manchester)
  • 28th April
  • 2nd June
  • 16th June
  • 18th 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 13/6/18   9:19PM

Gemma steps into new Hairspray role

Gemma Lawson (Musical Theatre, 2009) is currently touring in the UK production of Hairspray. After a short break in the tour, last night was Gemma’s opening performance in the main role of Amber Von Tussle! The MGA team were thrilled to be able to take a group of the next… » Read more

Published 11/6/18   8:32PM

Abbie's onboard for NCL!

Congratulations to Abigail Stenhouse (Musical Theatre, 2014) who continues her career success since graduating: Abbie is currently appearing in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert on board the Norwegian Epic for Norwegian Cruise Line.

Published 11/6/18   9:30AM

Last chance to apply for September

The final block of auditions are coming up over the summer for entry on to our full-time training courses in September – are you going to If your dream is to be a professional Dancer, Musical Theatre Performer or Actor and you are looking for some of the UK’s finest… » Read more

Published 2/6/18   9:50PM

Jennifer heading out to Miami

Jennifer Campbell (Musical Theatre, 2014) is flying out to Miami today to start rehearsals as a Singer / Dancer onboard the Celebrity Equinox. Safe journey, Jen!