About Us 

About us 

World class training in the heart of The Midlands 

Midlands Academy of Dance & Drama in Nottingham (known affectionately as ‘MADD’) is one of the oldest and most prestigious Musical Theatre & Dance Colleges in the UK but still very much a forward thinking college. We're based in Nottingham, which is a vibrant, diverse and friendly city steeped in history with a dynamic and ever-growing cultural offering. Nottingham, is one of the most exciting, student-friendly and affordable cities in the UK. It is a cosmopolitan city with fantastic resources and also great transportation links to other parts of the country and the rest of the world. 
All the tutors at the Academy are working professionals in their own right therefore bringing direct industry experience & knowledge into our studios. Tutors are required to undergo checks for an enhanced DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) and there is a requirement that tutors are trained to a minimum of a level 2 qualification in 'Safeguarding & Prevent', 'Mental Health First Aid' & 'Data Protection & Data Security' training to further support our students learning experience and expectations. 
MADD was founded in 1967 by the late Principal,  
Frances Clayton 
Fellow & Examiner IDTA, LISTD, ANATD, FE Teaching Cert. 
Carl Alan Theatre Lifetime Achievement Award 2011 
Le Classique de Danse Professional Theatre Award 2011 
'Everybody should be allowed access to quality, affordable  
Musical Theatre & Dance Training!' - Frances Clayton 
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. The level 6 diploma can be topped up to a BA Hons (Performing Arts) at any time during the college graduates’ performing career. 



What we offer 

MADD College offers a Professional Three Year Musical Theatre Diploma, a Three Year Level 6 Trinity Diploma (Musical Theatre), Three Year Professional Dance Diploma, One Year Foundation Musical Theatre Diploma (3 days per week) and a One Year Intensive 'Top-Up' in Musical Theatre. 
We also offer three fully funded courses. A BTEC Extended Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre), a One Year Higher National Certificate Level 4/5 (HNC/D) in Performing Arts (Dance), a One Year Higher National Certificate Level 4/5 (HNC/D) in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre). 
In a unique partnership with Court Theatre Training Company, London we can now sign post learners with an interest in acting to their 2-year accelerated BA (Hons) degree in Acting and is delivered at The Courtyard in London’s Hoxton and the course is validated by Buckinghamshire New University. 
For more details on each course visit our Courses Page. 




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’. We are also incredibly proud to host our own 168-seat theatre called the 'Frances Clayton Studio Theatre' which boasts its own 'state of the art' lighting and sound rig. 
MADD has always prided itself on being a ‘College of Excellence’ 
As one of the most established Musical Theatre Colleges in the UK, we're proud to be classed as one of the leading training providers of Musical Theatre & Dance training in the United Kingdom. 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 graduating year showcase their talents to an invited audience of Agents & Casting Directors 
This audience includes the sector’s top Agents, Casting Directors and Choreographers, and every summer the college performs its much-loved annual ‘Gala Showcase’. 
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