Midlands AcAdemy of 
Dance & Drama - Est. 1967


Entrance Criteria

Entry into the college is by audition and interview for students from 16 years of age. Entry requirements are dependant upon talent, attitude and the determination to succeed.

Auditions are held throughout the year. Once an application is received you will be contacted with the next available audition dates.

Audition Criteria

During the audition you will need to demonstrate the following to be accepted onto the course:

  • An all-around talent with potential for training and development for employment within a multi-skilled industry.
  • A very good sense of musicality.
  • Personality and presence.
  • Determination and a positive attitude.

You will then have to the opportunity to present the following, depending on the course application;


Applicants for the 3 Year Professional Musical Theatre Diploma will be required to:

  • Prepare and Perform 1 Musical Theatre Song and provide backing track on either CD or iPod.
  • Prepare and Perform a monologue – From a published play or an Audition Monologue.
  • Prepare and Perform a dance solo in any style and provide a backing track on either CD or iPod.
    *all performances to last no longer than 2 minutes each.


  • Take part in a Dance Class which incorporates Jazz Technique.
  • Prepare and Perform two contrasting Dance Styles

Applicants for the 1 Year Foundation Performing Arts Diploma will be required to prepare TWO of the following;

  • Prepare and Perform 1 Musical Theatre Song and provide a backing track on CD or iPod.
  • Prepare and Perform a monologue – From a published Play or an Audition Monologue Book.
  • Prepare and Perform a dance solo in any style.
    *all performances to last no longer than 2 minutes each.


  • Prepare and Perform 1 Musical Theatre Song and provide backing track on either CD or iPod.
  • Prepare and Perform a monologue – From a published play.
  • Prepare and Perform a dance solo in your preferred style. (Please provide backing tracks on either CD or iPod.)
    *all performances to last no longer than 2 minutes each.

What Happens Next?

All applicants will be notified within 2 weeks of the audition. If accepted you will receive further information about the course and what is required of you.

How To Apply?

To apply for an audition please:
Download and Print off the two Forms below. Fill in the forms and attach two Head & Shoulders Passport Size Photographs.
An Audition Fee is payable. This can found on your Application Form.

Download and complete the forms
required for the audition below

Application Form (Click to Download)
Medical Form (Click to Download)


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.