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Former tax workplace to be remodeled into academy for the performing arts – The Scotsman


A multi-million-pound performing arts college is ready to be constructed on the location of a former tax workplace in West Lothian subsequent 12 months.

Laura Proudfoot and Marcella Macdonald checking out the plans for the new academy.
Laura Proudfoot and Marcella Macdonald testing the plans for the brand new academy.

The MGA Academy of Performing Arts will open a 30,000 sq ft purpose-built campus in Barbara Ritchie Home in Livingston subsequent 12 months.

With their present facility in Balgreen in Edinburgh, the varsity is hoping to triple its yearly scholar consumption.

The enlargement will enable the academy to supply extra programs together with masters levels and co-validating levels with American schooling companies.

The campus will host the varsity’s full-time programmes and can characteristic 18 state-of-the-art studios, a fancy dress division, singing rooms, a library, showers and altering areas, workers places of work, a big research space and, outdoors, 130 parking areas.

Greater than 500 college students from internationally are anticipated to coach in performing, dance and musical theatre on the academy annually, with an in depth programme of 11 BA levels and three masters levels, in addition to basis programs and intensive alternatives for children aged two to 18.

The challenge can be led by Giles Auckland-Lewis, CEO of the MGA Academy, and represents a big enhance to Scotland’s arts scene throughout a difficult time for the trade.

Mr Auckland-Lewis stated: “The academy has lengthy boasted tuition on a par with the highest London faculties, and with these incredible new services and our excellent principal, Marcella Macdonald, remaining on the helm, we’re in an excellent place to proceed to develop our status as a critical competitor to the nation’s most profitable arts schooling establishments and to draw and embrace a global scholar inhabitants to review a variety of BA and Masters levels.”

The MGA Academy of Performing Arts was established in 2005 to supply a platform for aspiring performers to stay in Scotland whereas finding out at a degree equal to prestigious London schools.

Graduates have gone on to star in productions on tv and the West Finish corresponding to Catherine the Nice, Gossip Lady, Depraved and Grease.

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