MGA Agents and Directors

Andrew Gowland
MANAGING DIRECTOR

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Andrew trained as an Actor at the Birmingham School of Acting and The College of Visual and Performing Arts, Kutztown University, USA. He then completed his Post Graduate studies in Singing at The Royal Academy of Music, London.

His 12 year career as a professional performer ranged from West End, Regional and many International productions in both principal and supporting roles as well as understudy and ensemble tracks. His consultancy work has seen him cast and manage two large scale European tours, develop and rebrand several successful UK based performing arts colleges, company manage two separate musical theatre casts onboard ships for two of the worlds most prestigious cruise companies and launch several high-end brands within the UK’s theatrical industries including Beyond Broadway Productions, MGA Management and MGA Casting.

Andrew co-founded Infinity Artist Management with Susie Dumbreck in the UK which complements his work as the Managing Director of MGA Management and MGA Casting and allows him to support MGA’s team within their own roles representing professional clients.

Andrew is the Managing Director of Scotland’s largest private, independent performing arts college, The MGA Academy of Performing Arts in Edinburgh. He lectures in Professional and Career Development and regularly produces and directs their students in full-scale productions.

Tabitha Watson
AGENCY DIRECTOR

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Tabitha trained as a Musical Theatre performer with a view to moving into Artist Management. Following a three year career as a professional performer she returned to Edinburgh to work as an Agent’s Assistant with MGA’s Directors, Andrew Gowland and Murray Grant and fork as an intern for SEA Personal Management, in London. Tabitha was promoted to become a full-time Agent in 2013 and has managed the growth and development of MGA Management since then. Tabitha also coordinates all MGA Castings.

She is qualified in Business Administration and Digital Marketing and lectures in Professional Development for Performers at The MGA Academy of Performing Arts.

Tabitha is based at the Edinburgh office however travels to and from our London offices regularly.

Murray Grant
CREATIVE DIRECTOR

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Graduating in 2001 from Bird College, Murray Grant immediately won a contract to tour the USA with Columbia Artist Management Inc. and enjoyed several years dancing around the globe before undertaking contracts as a choreographer.

Murray has performed as a dancer all over the world and most notably Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Sydney and Vienna in musical theatre, opera & cabaret productions.

In addition to a lengthy performance career, Murray’s directorial and choreographic credits include: touring China and Europe with Musical Starlights, European tour of Best of Musicals, Twelve International Tenors tours of Europe and China, Moulin Rouge (German TV Production), The Phantom of the Opera and Carnaby Street Capers for P&O World Cruises, Macphersons Rant (World Premiere, Scotland), Union Square Opening Ceremony (Scotland), Bat Boy, The Producers and Flashdance for MGA Productions.

Numerous choreography contracts and World Premiers followed prior to teaching contracts as well as producing credits for his own company MGA Productions based in Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh. Further appointments include becoming Managing Director of Beyond Broadway and Guest Tutor for the Institute of the Arts, Barcelona.

John Burlington
AGENCY ASSISTANT

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John made his west end debut at the age of 7 playing the part of Nipper in Oliver! at the London Palladium. He then went on to train at The Dance school of Scotland and then at Bird College of Dance and Theatre Performance in London gaining his BA (Hons).

John has worked all over the world including UK, Europe, China and Los Angeles. He has also spent many years at sea working for Crystal Cruises, Belinda King, QDOS Entertainment and Cunard Line as a Company Manager and Dance Captain. Most recently John has been working as assistant to choreographer Alan Harding for QDOS Entertainment.

John is now based in our Edinburgh office working as Agency Assistant to Tabitha.