Midlands AcAdemy of 
Dance & Drama - Est. 1967


Midlands Academy of Dance & Drama (known affectionately as ‘MADD’) is located in Nottingham – a vibrant, cosmopolitan, diverse and friendly city steeped in history with a dynamic and ever-growing cultural offering, in the heart of the Midlands.

MADD was founded in 1967 by the Principal, Frances Clayton, and in 1988 a Three Year Musical Theatre Diploma Course was developed and is now accredited by the Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre (CDMT) and validated to deliver the Level 6 Professional Musical Theatre by Trinity College, London. This can be topped up to a BA Hons (PA) at any time during the college graduates’ performing career.

MADD also offers additional courses; a Three Year Professional Dance Diploma Course; a One Year Foundation Musical Theatre Diploma Course; a One Year Top-Up Intensive in Musical Theatre Course; and a two year fully-funded BTEC course, Extended Diploma in Screen Acting, in partnership with Confetti the Institute of Creative Technologies (part of Nottingham Trent University).

MADD is also extremely proud of its popular Part-Time courses: a Junior School, its pre-vocational school in Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre for 3 to 16 year olds; a Teacher Training in Dance at Level 4 with the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) qualifications, which are recognised by Ofqual; and annual Summer Schools for 7-11 (Junior School) and 12-18 (Senior School) year olds.  

MADD’s headquarters is situated on the edge of the city in a leafy suburb. In addition to the 5000 sq ft headquarter facilities, the college has a 15,500 sq ft building opposite known as ‘The Factory’. This space also houses the 168-seat MADD Studio Theatre. The Factory is also home to the ‘Nottingham Community Wardrobe’ which houses one of the biggest collections of theatrical costumes in the East Midlands with over 30,000 to choose from.

MADD prides itself on being a ‘College of Excellence’ providing leading Musical Theatre Courses in the UK. In addition to over thirty members of staff, the college is proud to welcome guest practitioners on a regular basis from across the industry including directors, choreographers, playwrights, casting directors and agents. 

Every spring, the Graduate Year heads to London to showcase their talents to an invited audience of the sector’s top agents, casting directors and choreographers, and every summer the college performs its much-loved annual ‘Gala Showcase’ at the Nottingham Playhouse. 

Katie Bagshaw

Ballet Tutor

Katie started dancing aged 3 years old. She went on to gain a place at The Royal Ballet School age 11 and later completed her training at Elmhurst Ballet School where she graduated and gained a Level 6 Trinity Diploma in Dance age 19.

Throughout her time at vocational school she danced at The Royal Opera House in The Royal Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, La Sylphide and Swan Lake.

Katie began working at the youth company Midland Theatre Ballet in 2013, and after finding her love for teaching she now works full time at The Lisayne Ballet School where she trains The Royal Academy of Dance syllabi to a variety of different age groups.

She is thrilled to be part of the MADD family over the Spring term!

Ryan Lee Seager

Musical Theatre & Jazz Tutor

Ryan-Lee Seager Actor/Director/Choreographer 

West End/Tour/International musicals include Fame, Blood Brothers, Rent, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, Kiss Me Kate, Seussical, American Idiot, We Will Rock You, The Wedding Singer, Rock Of Ages, Sweeney Todd, Here Come The Boys ( Strictly Come Dancing) and also  27, Streets, Another Way all brand new british musicals. Rock Of Ages (Uk Tour) Resident Director/Resident Choreographer.  Fame (Uk Tour/West End) Associate Choreographer. 

TV credits include The Xfactor, Strictly Come Dancing, The Royal Variety Performance, Bo Selecta.
Tv Commercials Vision Express and We Buy Any Car.

Music Artists- Justin Bieber, Pixie Lott, Beverly knight, Paulo Nutini, Olivia Somerlyn, Kingsland Road, Anastacia.

Stewart Avon Arnold

Dance Tutor

Stewart was one of the foremost black Jazz and Lyrical artists of his generation and the original pioneer of Lyrical Contemporary Jazz in the UK, developing the genre from as early as 1979 to the present day and co founding the first jazz company in the UK called Jazz Theatre London (1980). Trained at the London School of Contemporary Dance, his dancing heritage originates with the Martha Graham technique, with the likes of Bob Cohen, William Luther, Jane Dudley and Anthony Van Laast as his teacher/mentors that have been his springboard from which he has developed his unique style and genre, consequently becoming one of our most acclaimed and sought after International Dancer Teacher and Choreographer. For many years Stewart has been constantly involved in a variety of top West End shows, including Wayne Sleep’s ‘Song and Dance’ as a soloist dancer. He was guest choreographer for Wayne Sleep’s dance company ‘Dash’ and danced/guest choreographed for the award winning BBC tv series “The Hot Shoe Show”, joint- choreographer on ‘The Wiz’ at the Hammersmith Lyric Theatre, and featured as a soloist dancer in Johnny Depp’s film ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. Choreographing Pop promo’s for artists such as David Grant, Elton John, Kid Creole, and working exclusively with Kate Bush over the last 30 years. He also had his own dance series on Channel 4, along with Claude-Paul Henry, called ‘Streets Ahead’, and toured Europe along with Anthony Van Laast and Claude-Paul with their own Dance Company called ‘Souls in Motion’ and took his own concept musical ‘Dancing and Singing the Blues’ on the same European circuit directing as well as choreographing the show.