MOUNTVIEW ACADEMY OF THEATRE ARTS IS ONE OF THE UK’S TOP FIVE DRAMA SCHOOLS.
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.
Our primary activity is to provide world-class foundation, degree and postgraduate courses for students who wish to work professionally in theatre and its related industries. We currently have 400 students studying on full-time, vocational courses validated by our academic partner the University of East Anglia.
Our students come from all over the UK and across the globe. Each year over 2,500 young people audition for just 104 places on our vocational BA (Hons) courses. Only the most talented get places and this is borne out in our graduate employment statistics. Over 90% of students gained professional work within a year of graduation. To ensure we are reaching the most brilliant talent irrespective of social background a national scouting network of grass-roots arts organisations identifies young people for whom the cost of auditioning would be prohibitive. We offer free auditions and work with successful candidates to access training bursaries.
2015 marked Mountview’s 70th anniversary. Celebrations included founding an annual series of In Conversation events with leading figures in the international theatre industry, launching a new touring programme to the University of East Anglia and the International Shakespeare Festival in Germany and a commemorative anniversary production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest – the first play presented by Mountview in 1945.