Mandy Ellen - Principal
Mandy Ellen prides herself on being a very approachable principal - she always has time to listen and offer support where she can, whilst ensuring that her very high standards are maintained. She has always instilled in both her students and her team that although she expects the very best ‘learning can be fun’.
Mandy founded her school over 30 years ago, having successfully trained pupils in all aspects of dance. It wasn’t long before she realised that the next step to supporting her pupils in their chosen field was to offer full time professional training. Mandy Ellen opened her first purpose-built studios in January 2005 and following an amazing six months, decided to open the doors to her full-time performing arts college, offering pupils a local alternative to professional training without the need or expense to travel to London. As such her aim has always been to offer the very best training in musical theatre and dance but at a price that is affordable and therefore ensuring everyone has access to some of the very best training available.
Mandy is also the principal and proprietor of MEPA Academy and Mandy Ellen Kids Agency offering students from KS3 and KS4 full time academic and vocational education whilst also providing professional work for performers of all ages. Believing in unique tailored training to nurture and develop every student ensuring they have the best chances on developing their physical skill set, professional academic knowledge, and mental stability to maintain a successful healthy life in the performing arts industry. Mandy is proud to have seen students working across various sectors in the industry such as:
West End: Billy Elliott, Matilda, Singing in the Rain, What’s love got to do with it
Tours and Overseas: Joseph and his Technicolour Dream Coat, Moulin Rouge, Wannabe, Grease, Cats, P&O Cruises, Carnival, Costa Cruises, Royal Caribbean
TV & Film: Barbie the Movie, Matilda the Movie, various music videos including Sam Smith, Robbie Williams, Shane Ward and various commercials – to name just a few!