Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts

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Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
Established 1945
President Dame Judi Dench, C.H, D.B.E
Principal Stephen Jameson
Location Kingfisher Place
Clarendon Road

N22 6XF
United Kingdom United Kingdom Coordinates: 51°35′39″N 0°06′48″W / 51.5943°N 0.1133°W / 51.5943; -0.1133
Website Official Website

Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, commonly known as Mountview is an independent drama school situated in the Wood Green area of North London. It was founded in 1945 and provides specialist vocational training in acting and musical theatre. In 2006, Dame Judi Dench replaced Sir John Mills as President of the school.[1]

The school prepares students for a professional career in the performing arts. The college is accredited by Drama UK and it offers Qualifications and Curriculum Authority recognised qualifications validated by either the University of East Anglia or the Trinity College, London. Key areas of study include singing, acting and dancing. It was rated "Outstanding" by Ofsted in 2011.[1]


Moutview was founded in Crouch End in 1945[2] by Peter Coxhead and Ralph Nossek as 'The Mountview Theatre Club', an amateur repertory company staging a new production for a six-day run every second week. Among the club's achievements were Coxhead's staging of Eugene O'Neill's Mourning Becomes Electra, a production of the complete Arnold Wesker Trilogy – Chicken Soup with Barley, Roots and I'm Talking about Jerusalem directed by Peter Scott-Smith – and Buttered Both Sides, a revue written and composed by Mountview member Ted Dicks and directed by Gale Webb, which later transferred to the Fortune Theatre in London's West End.

In the early 1970s, the amateur group was ousted by premises freeholder Coxhead to allow his new commercial theatre school unimpeded access to the theatre and its ancillary facilities.

The school's courses are accredited by the National Council for Drama Training. The degree courses are also validated by the University of East Anglia

In 2007, the British reality television show E4 School of Performing Arts offered several would-be actors the chance to win scholarships to Mountview, Italia Conti and the ACM. Mountview's Director of Acting Programme Amir Korangy appeared on the show as part of the panel.

In 2011, Mountview principal Sue Robertson announced plans for the school to relocate to the Hornsey Town Hall in Crouch End, north London, by the beginning of the 2014–15 academic year. The Grade II-listed building will be refurbished in a £19 million project.[3] Haringey Council's cabinet approved the plan on 26 April 2011, however a planning application must be submitted and English Heritage approval granted before work may start on the revised refurbishment.[4]


The main full-time courses include a 3-year B.A. Hons. in Musical Theatre, Acting and Actor/Musician, and a 2-year degree in Production Arts. Mountview also offers 1-year Postgraduate Diploma and M.A. Performance courses in Acting and Musical Theatre and 1-year Postgraduate Diplomas in Directing, Musical Direction and Production Arts. The Academy also has a Community Access and Development Department which runs part-time courses in most performance disciplines.


For a full list of previous notable students, see Category:Alumni of the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts