Skip to main content

West Lothian business: New multi-million pound performing arts campus in Livingston opens its doors

Three students pictured at the new Livingston campus

One of Scotland's largest centres of performing arts is putting its best foot forward as it ushers in the new era of students with the opening of its brand new campus. The newly renovated 30,000 sq ft campus in Livingston marks a significant expansion for the MGA Academy of Performing Arts. This will enable the academy to triple its student enrolment and broaden its educational offerings to include 11 BA degrees and two post-graduate Master's degrees, while also providing accommodations for 18 state-of-the-art studios.

The new campus, based in the former tax office in Almondvale, Livingston, received a multi-million pound investment and will feature one of Scotland’s largest sprung dance floors, which spans 347 sq ft.

Established in 2015 to address a demand for an innovative performing arts academy outside of London, MGA has produced graduates who have appeared on stage and screen in major productions, including Disney’s Descendants, Wicked, Gossip Girl, Six! The Musical, Outlander and Frozen.

Giles Auckland Lewis, chief executive of The MGA Academy, said: “It’s a very exciting time for the academy as we open the doors of our brand new campus. There has been a great buzz with new and returning students as they explore all the exceptional facilities.

“Being part of this chapter of the academy’s story has been incredibly rewarding, and as we’re now located almost exactly half way between Edinburgh and Glasgow it’s much more convenient for students and staff. We’ve worked hard to ensure the new campus can offer our talented students the opportunity to advance their skills in singing, dance and acting and achieve their full potential within the industry.”

To read the full article on Edinburgh Evening News, click here.

About the author

West Lothian Council

The West Lothian Council News Editor.

Back to top