Musical Theatre Academy
|Founder||Annemarie Lewis Thomas|
Bernie Grant Arts Centre|
Townhall Approach Road
The Musical Theatre Academy (The MTA) is a drama college based in Islington, London.
The MTA opened in 2009 by Annemarie Lewis Thomas running the UK's first accelerated learning programme in triple threat training. It is also the only UK Musical Theatre college to split its acting focus between stage and screen. In 2012, it was awarded The Stage 100 Award of School of the Year in 2012, who named them "a new force in drama training."
The academy was originally based at the Drill Hall (now the RADA Studios), before moving to 89 Holloway Road in 2011. In July 2015 the academy relocated to The Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham. Students receive a guarantee that their fees are spent on training, not on securing a profit, and consequently the academy was granted charitable status in 2012.
The college has been actively campaigning for better Mental Health provision within drama schools, and in 2016 hosted the #time4change conference, focussing on Mental Health within vocational colleges. In July 2016 it launched the #time4change Mental Health charter – which has over 100 companies signed up, including the Theatre Royal Stratford East, Rose Bruford College, Mountview, plus most of the major off West End production companies, along with over 60 major theatrical agencies.
The course runs over 4 terms per year with 40 hours contact time per week, with classes evenly divided between all three disciplines. As a key policy all of its staff are currently working in the industry at a level of the West End (London)No 1 UK touring circuit or the equivalent in their area. It produces public performances in an established off-West End venue every term – shows to date include the world premieres of Lia's Guide to Winning The Lottery (by Keren David, Paul Herbet and Andy Kaby), In Touch (by Dougal Irvine), Dangerous Daughters, Celebs Anon, The Sunshine Gang, The Ballad of Kitty Jay, Just the Ticket and The Venus Factor (all by Nick Stimson and Annemarie Lewis Thomas), Animus (by Webborn and Finn)
The academy is the only UK college to have a core policy of supporting new writing in the UK and regularly has composers coming in to work with the students on new material, such as Chris Passey, Dougal Irvine, Tim Sutton and Laurence Mark Wythe. The MTA sees itself as a college for life, providing their graduates with ongoing care, support and help. To date 100% of students have gained agent representation prior to graduating. One of the academy's productions is Something Old, Something New – The Musical Theatre Revue'.
The students (as part of their training) are regularly seen in the West End in professional shows/concerts, and to date its students have backed Shoshana Bean, Patina Miller performed with Katherine Jenkins at the London Palladium, and sung on the album Lift by Craig Adams and Ian Watson. They have also provided the ensemble for the Tommy Gala at the Prince Edward Theatre, the MMD 20th anniversary Gala at the Novello, and Julie Atherton – No Space for Air at the Apollo Theatre.
|Mar 2010||Something Old, Something New||The Drill Hall||Annemarie Lewis Thomas|
|June 2010||Bad Girls||The Drill Hall||Maureen Chadwick & Ann McManus||Kath Gotts||Simon Greiff|
|15–17 Sept 2010||Dangerous Daughters||The Drill Hall||Nick Stimson||Annemarie Lewis Thomas||Nick Stimson|
|Dec 2010||Cinderella||The Drill Hall||Daniel O'Brien||Annemarie Lewis Thomas|
|16–19 Mar 2011||Something Old, Something New||The Drill Hall||Annemarie Lewis Thomas||Jack Gunn|
|15–18 June 2011||Zombie Prom||The Drill Hall||John Dempsey||Dana P Rowe||Helen Evens|
|14–17 Sept 2011||Celebs Anon||The Drill Hall||Nick Stimson||Annemarie Lewis Thomas||Pip Minnthorpe|
|20–23 Dec 2011||Puss In Boots||Waterloo East||Daniel O'Brien||Annemarie Lewis Thomas||Gerry Flanagan|
|14–16 Dec 2011||Don Juan||Waterloo East||n/a||Helen Evans|
|14–17 Mar 2012||Something Old, Something New||Bridewell Theatre||Annemarie Lewis Thomas||Jack Gunn|
|13–16 June 2012||In Touch||Bridewell Theatre||Dougal Irvine||Dougal Irvine||John Brant|
|12–15 Sept 2012||The Sunshine Gang||Bridewell Theatre||Nick Stimson||Annemarie Lewis Thomas||Kate Golledge|
|12–15 Dec 2012||Jack & The Beanstalk||Courtyard Theatre, London||Daniel O'Brien||Annemarie Lewis Thomas||Howard Samuels|
|13–15 Dec 2012||Electra||Courtyard Theatre, London||n/a||Helen Evens|
|13–16 Mar 2013||Something Old, Something New||Bridewell Theatre||Annemarie Lewis Thomas||Jack Gunn|
|12–15 June 2013||Lia's Guide To Winning The Lottery||Bridewell Theatre||Keren David||Paul Herbert||Ryan McBryde|
|11–14 Sept 2013||The Ballad of Kitty Jay||Bridewell Theatre||Nick Stimson||Annemarie Lewis Thomas||Pip Minnithorpe|
|Dec 2013||Jack and the Beanstalk||Courtyard||Annemarie Lewis Thomas||Howard Samuels|
|Dec 2013||Ting Tang Mine||Courtyard Theatre||Tilly Vosburgh|
|Mar 2014||Something Old, Something New||Bridewell Theatre||Annemarie Lewis Thomas||Jack Gunn|
|June 2014||Just So||Bridewell Theatre||Inga Davis-Rutter||Christian Durham|
|10–13 Sept 2014||Just The Ticket||Bridewell Theatre||Nick Stimson||Annemarie Lewis Thomas||Simon Greiff|
|10–17 Dec 2014||Beauty & the Beast||Bernie Grant Arts Centre||Daniel O'Brien||Annemarie Lewis Thomas||Howard Samuels|
|15–17 Dec 2014||Welcome to Thebes||Bernie Grant Arts Centre||n/a||Tilly Vosburgh|
|11–14 Mar 2015||Something Old, Something New||Bridewell Theatre||Annmarie Lewis Thomas||Cressida Carre|
|10–13 June 2015||Sunshine On Leith||Bridewell Theatre||Stephen Greenhorn||Mary McAdam||Michael Howcroft|
|9–12 Sept 2015||The Venus Factor||Bridewell Theatre||Nick Stimson||Annemarie Lewis Thomas||Pip Minnithorpe|
|9–19 Dec 2015||Cinderella||Bernie Grant Arts Centre||Daniel O'Brien||Annemarie Lewis Thomas||Howard Samuels|
|Dec 2015||A State Affair||Bernie Grant Arts Centre||n/a||Paul Foster|
|9–12 Mar 2016||Something Old, Something New||Bernie Grant Arts Centre||Annemarie Lewis Thomas||Steve Elias|
|8–11 June 2016||Around The World In 80 Days||Bernie Grant Arts Centre||Phil Willmott||Annemarie Lewis Thomas||Racky Plews|
|7–10 Sept 2016||Animus||Bridewell Theatre||Webborn & Finn||Michael Webborn||Christian Durham|
|Dec 2016||"Robinson Crusoe"||Bernie Grant Arts Centre||Daniel O'Brien||Annemarie Lewis Thomas||Howard Samuels|
|Dec 2016||"Tess of the D'Urbervilles"||Bernie Grant Arts Centre||n/a||Tilly Vosburgh|
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