MOUNTVIEW ACADEMY OF THEATRE ARTS IS ONE OF THE UK’S FOREMOST DRAMA SCHOOLS AND IN RECOGNISED AS ONE OF THE BEST PLACES IN THE WORLD TO TRAIN IN MUSICAL THEATRE
OUR VISION IS FOR EXCELLENCE, ACCESS AND INNOVATION.
Excellence: to produce the next generation of leading actors and creative artists.
Access: to train the most talented people regardless of background or income.
Innovation: to create challenging work in collaboration with the finest directors, writers and composers and to build a new fit-for-purpose theatre and training facility in the heart of Peckham.
PERFORMING ON THE WORLD’S STAGE
We provide the highest quality training for actors, directors, producers and theatre production artists and have a strong commitment to the specialised requirements of TV, film and radio.
The hands-on, intensive coaching at Mountview nurtures thought, energy and commitment. It provides the tools needed to succeed in a competitive industry. The results speak for themselves: 95% of students work professionally within one year of graduation.
OPEN TO ALL
In addition to our full-time training, we open our doors to around 800 children and young people every year, rooting our work firmly in our local community. In 2018 this work will expand, in our new Peckham home, to include a programme of classes for adults.
We strive to be a diverse and inclusive organisation and welcome all people through our doors irrespective of background.
A BRIEF HISTORY
In 1945 a young sailor in war-time Sri Lanka was barred from joining the entertainment corps by his lowly rank. So he created his own troupe, welcoming all-comers.
On returning to Britain he continued the amateur group naming it after the local telephone dialling area: Mountview.
Peter Coxhead, the founder, trained at RADA and began coaching drama school hopefuls for their auditions, eventually formalising this training into an acting foundation course.
Full-time three-year acting and production arts courses followed; the purpose was always to train young people for careers in theatre, film, TV and radio.
In 1992 Mountview launched the first vocational musical theatre course in Europe and in subsequent years postgraduate courses in performance, direction and producing.
In 2018 Mountview moves to a new purpose-built home in Peckham in London’s creative heart, bringing together professional vocational training with part-time and casual courses ensuring access to the best training in the best facilities for all.