Welcome to the Musical Theatre Academy

Now accepting applications for October 2022

The MTA is acknowledged within the industry to be a ground-breaking college, which focuses on the individual student’s training. Running the UK’s original fast track programme for Musical Theatre (stage & screen) getting you industry-ready in 2 years, rather than the traditional 3 years.

Entry to The MTA is by (free) audition only – no qualifications are necessary just an overwhelming desire to work as a performer, a strength in 2 disciplines, and the ability to be taught the 3rd.

With more public performances than any other UK course, if you have a dream, the ambition and the drive to work as a performer, then The MTA is for you, because everyone here feels the same way. There are no career teachers at The MTA, only top working professionals who want to teach the next generation of performers.  We run the one course for just 22 students/year, thereby ensuring that ALL of our students get the attention and stage time that they deserve.

Our graduates have been seen in shows such as Wicked, Les Miserables, Book of Mormon, Bat Out Of Hell, Hairspray, The Grinning Man, The Band, Grease, Saturday Night Fever, Half A Sixpence, Sister Act, Rocky Horror Show, Six, working for companies such as the Royal National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Cameron Mackintosh, Really Useful Group, for major cruise ships such as Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Aida, on the big screen in films such as Mamma Mia 2, Emma, on the small screen in TV programmes including Dixi, Holby City, Call The Midwife. From The Blue Man Group over in New York to the Avenue Q UK tour, we are proud to create careers

Annemarie Lewis Thomas

The Stage Awards

The MTA is the only college to have won The Stage Newspaper’s “School of the Year Award” twice.
In 2012 the citation named us as a “. . . new force in drama training” for our innovative fast track programme
In 2017 the citation commended our industry wide #time4change Mental Health Charter for Performing Arts, recognising it to have opened up a conversation around mental health. It also acknowledged the success of our graduates in major productions.


of students have secured INDEPENDENT agent representation prior to graduating


of graduates are still in the industry

The MTA runs under the auspices of The Musical Theatre Academy London, registered charity number 1148894. The Board of Trustees currently consists of Jon Harris (Chair), Annemarie Lewis Thomas (Founder and CEO), Harry Blumenau (Casting Director), Gina Moffatt (Pride of Britain winner 2011),  Lauren Austin-Doyle and Samantha Hull (both of whom are performers and were part of the inaugural cohort of the college)
The charity was formed to ensure that the original aims of The MTA were upheld, to train a small cohort of students over an accelerated two year period whilst upholding the high standard that has made The MTA a market leader in such a short space of time. The charity is committed to providing vocational training to all successful applicants, regardless of their finances and circumstances. The charity advocates for a diverse college which puts the needs of the individual on a par with the demands of being a performer.