David Essex OBE

Arlene Phillips CBE

David Wood OBE

Midlands Academy of Dance & Drama (known in the industry as MADD) is located in Nottingham, which is a vibrant, cosmopolitan, diverse and friendly City steeped in history and culture.
MADD was founded in 1967 by the Principal Frances Clayton and in 1988 a Three Year Musical Theatre Diploma Course was developed and accredited by the Council for Dance Education and Training.

The College also offers additional courses; a One Year Foundation Musical Theatre Diploma and Accredited evening courses in Teacher Training with the International Dance Teachers Association in Classical Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Freestyle Dance.

A Junior School (evenings and weekends) is also offered between the ages of 3 to 18 years, holding Recognised School Status by the CDET.

MADD 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 a 168 seat 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 one of the leading Musical Theatre Courses in the UK. In addition to the thirty members of staff the College is proud to welcome on a regular basis Guest Practitioners from the Industry including; Directors, Choreographers, Playwrights, Casting Directors and Agents.