Midlands Academy of Dance & Drama – Est. 1967

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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.