The MTA is an independent drama college training multi-discipline performers for both stage and screen. Widely recognised as an industry leader in groundbreaking training, we are the only college to been awarded the prestigious title of "School of the Year" by The Stage newspaper. To date we are the only college to have won this award twice. In 2012 we were awarded it in recognition of our ground-breaking 2 year training model. In 2017 we won the title due to our ground-breaking work around mental health awareness in our industry. In 2016 we initiated the industry wide #time4change Mental Health Charter, which currently has over 130 signatories (including major production companies, drama colleges, agencies and theatres). We are the only college to operate under a clinician led whole school approach to mental health. 1 in 3 performers are thought to be susceptible to mental illness, a fact that we've been campaigning about for 7 years.
We run the one course for small groups of a max of 22 students/year (compared to our competitors who train between 30 - 280 students per year), offering huge contact hours. A min of 40 direct tutor contact time/week for a min of 40 weeks/year. We are the only college to exclusively hire top industry professionals who are all still working in the business. We are also the only college to produce a public production every term in an established London theatre. Whilst specialising in Musical Theatre we are the only MT course in the UK to do a 50/50 stage screen split.
Finally we are the only college in the UK to operate a college for life policy - meaning that our graduates can return for classes, can freely use our rehearsal space, and get continued mental health and pastoral care . . . for life.
Our industry doesn't recognised formal qualifications as jobs are won and lost in the audition room - therefore we are not affiliated to any formal organisation, which sadly means that our students are not eligible for any government funding streams. They have to privately fund their studies.
By remaining small (only running the one course for a limited number of students) with big contact hours, plus being the only college to do a public performance in an established London venue every term, our training is expensive. We subscribe to open book accounting so that our students can see exactly where their money is being spent. However we do not want The MTA to only be accessible to students from a certain socio-economic demographic. Our industry needs to hear diverse voices and the stories, which is why we're asking for your help.
By donating today and helping to support a student through their training you'll be able to see a career and a person flourish throughout our course. Obviously it's a difficult industry to crack, but with 100% of our students securing independent agent representation before graduating, and with 78% of our graduates still in the industry and 19% of those having secured West End or No1 touring contracts, we're confident that our approach and our training works.
Graduates have gone on to play leading roles in shows such as Les Miserables, Wicked, Six the Musical, Mamma Mia, We Will Rock You, Grease, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Hairspray, and Half A Sixpence to name but a few. We've had graduates working for the Royal National Theatre, The RSC, BBC, Sky One, Channel 4. We've even had a graduate working as one of the infamous Blue Man Group over in New York.
Training The MTA way works. We believe that our unrivalled success is due to our size and our unique pastoral care programme, ensuring that the person is cared for as much as the performer. We have the resources to help students that have come from a difficult background, but those students can't consider us at the moment due to the cost. This is why we're asking for your help.