Musical Theatre Summer School


Learn from industry professionals and develop your Musical Theatre skills in the home of the world-famous West End.

This year's Musical Theater Summer School (2018) ended on August 19th 2018. Please check back in the future for information about the Musical Theatre Summer School 2019, and please see below for information about the 2018 course.

Goldsmiths Musical Theatre Summer School 2017 - Promo Video

This summer camp was a great opportunity to experience the local musical culture of London and we also came into contact with first-rate teachers, and saw the latest musicals in the West End! This was the best experience I've ever had!

Celebrating its third successful year, the Summer School 2018 brought together 28 students from a range of backgrounds and skill levels in Goldsmiths to take part in two weeks of intensive Musical Theatre learning. This culminated in a trip to Edinburgh and an unforgettable showcase as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival itself, where the students successfully demonstrated their incredible progression over the course through a stunning medley of some of musical theatres greatest hits.

The summer school was convened by Annie Guo and taught by a group of leading industry practitioners. It provided the students with a broad range of training, from 'triple-threat' practice-based performance key skills, to theoretical and analytical skills looking into areas such as producing and delivering a piece of Musical Theatre from a diverse repertoire, alongside Musical Theatre staging, production, and more.

The students combined all their skills learnt over the two week course and improved their practical stage performance skills in a final showcase at one of Edinburgh Fringe Festivals' most prestigious venues, Assembly George Square Theatre.

Alongside these 'triple-threat' training skills, students were also provided with audition experience through a mock audition, which let the students learn audition techniques and etiquette from practitioners at the front-line of the industry.

This unique and intensive approach to a musical theatre summer school course received praise from both the course tutors and industry practitioners, who noted that it provides deep, broad and innovative training and knowledge to students, allowing them to experience and learn musical theatre concepts and skills from a broad range of areas over a short yet intensive period.

Alongside the practical training, the course also focuses on analytical and critical understanding of musical theatre. Students went on trips to see Disney's spectacular Aladdin musical, the dazzling classic Broadway hit 42nd Street, and new British musical Everybody's Talking About Jamie. Annie worked with the students to help expand their theory-based skills and they were given the opportunity to look at musical theatre critically, exploring the unique differences in production, background, and history. Combining this with trips to see Fringe Festival productions, students left the course with a boarder understanding of the contemporary musical theatre industry.

The course was a short, yet, professional intensive practical training that maximizes your individual talents.


On the 18th August 2018 in Edinburgh's prestigious George Square Theatre (Assembly), the 28 talented Musical Theatre Summer School students presented a dazzling showcase of musical theatre numbers, demonstrating their hard work over the summer school. The students tackled both group pieces and solo numbers, and showed off the various skills and abilities they learnt and honed over the summer school. 

The summer school couldn't have happened without the invaluable help of the talented tutors, who are all front-line West End practioners in a range of areas and genres.

Tutor biographies have been shortened for clarity.

Sam Cable

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Sam Cable is a Musical Director, vocal coach and pianist. His previous credits include “Wicked” in the West End and on tour, “Three Days in the Country” and “Edward II” at the National Theatre. Other work includes “Jack and the Beanstalk” at Watersemeet, Rickmansworth, “Beauty and the Beast” at Camberley Theatre, “Grease” at Watersmeet, Rickmansworth, "Sleeping Beauty" at the Castle, Wellingborough, and “Footloose” at the Riverhead, Louth, as well as working on the National Theatre Connections Festival. Sam is also an experienced singing repertoire coach and apart from Goldsmiths, he also teaches for Mountview, the University of Winchester, Pauline Quirke Academy, West End Workshop and many others.

Alicia Mencia

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Alicia Mencia is a dancer and dance teacher specialising in Jazz, Ballet, and Contemporary. As a dancer, Alicia works both on TV and stage, and her previous work includes: Secret Cinema's (London) "Dirty Dancing" as ensemble/cover Baby and "Moulin Rouge!" as ensemble/cover Nini Legs in the Air, "Tarzan the Musical" in Spain, work on Nickelodeon, "Lazy Town Live" (International tour), and as a dancer for Selena Gomez, Enrique Iglesias, Alesha Dixon and Juanes. She will also be part of the CABARET UK Tour 2017. Apart from Goldsmiths, she also teaches at the American Musical Theatre Academy.

Rob Archibald

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Rob is currently the Head of Musical Theatre at the Urdang Academy and was formally the Head of Singing & Music at LAMDA in London, following his role as Head of Singing at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is also a qualified Massage Therapist. As Musical Director his credits include: Oliver!, Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Secret Garden, Parade, Sweeney Todd and, most recently, MD/Arranger for Linzi Hateley - True Colours. Rob also regularly coaches professional performers/productions around the UK. As a composer his credits include: The Laramie Project; The Temperamentals; his debut album Scrapbook with fellow composer Verity Quade, featuring many West End performers.

Pete Gallagher

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Pete Gallagher has 30 years of experience as a director, actor, and writer. His credits include “Jesus Christ Superstar” (West End, Arena Tour and movie), “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, “Dr. Dolittle” and “The Rocky Horror Show” and many more. He has teaching experience at prestigious institutions such as Guildford School of Acting: GSA, Mountview and Arts Ed London. Pete also has broadcast experience, working with the BBC on "Strictly Come Dancing". Through his varied background and experience, Pete Gallagher provides coaching and training for both young theatre enthusiasts and industry practitioners alike.

Magnus Gilljam

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Magnus Gilljam has a rich history in music, in particular opera and musical theatre. He has experience working with groups and productions throughout Europe, and his musical theatre credits include "Chicago", "Into The Woods", "High School Musical", "Dick Whittington", and more. His experience also extends to TV, broadcast and film, where he has lent his talents to the BBC's "Classical Star", ITV's "The Sound of Music Live", as well as work on the "Les Misérables" motion picture. He now works frequently with esteemed institutions through the UK and Europe to provide piano accompaniment, coaching, and teaching.

Annie Guo

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Annie Guo, Director of Goldsmiths Confucius Institute for Dance and Performance and Co-Director of Goldsmiths Asia Centre has worked on numerous large-scale productions in both China and the UK throughout her career, and as a producer she has worked on various notable productions, including work for China's largest international collaborative new creative musical to date, "Butterflies", as Executive Producer. She has also worked with Cameron Mackintosh on the Chinese version of “Les Miserables”, and for Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds. Her other production credits include work on the cross-cultural project “Qing Shan”, and “Kung-Fu Masters and The Wheel of Life”. As a performer, Annie played over 900 performances as the lead actress in the musical “Tale of the White Snake”, China’s first new creative musical; she also performed in over 90 performances as the lead actress in the musical “Legend of Yang GuiFei”.

Musical Theatre Summer School 2017 Information

This is an intensive two week practice-based Musical Theatre course suitable for those who have already received some formal training and professionals who wish to gain further skills and techniques needed to pursue a career in Musical Theatre.

The course includes:

Workshops with West End professionals

As well as enhancing your techniques in acting, singing and dancing, you will benefit from workshops with industry professionals and frontline West End theatre practitioners and gain an understanding of international Musical Theatre techniques. 

Audition techniques

You will be given guidance on audition techniques and help on choosing the right audition material.


Throughout the course you will be rehearsing for a short musical, which you will perform in a showcase at the end of your study with us.

Study in London

Studying in London, you will experience the cosmopolitan atmosphere of this exciting city, which hosts some of the best musical theatre in the world. You will experience the famous West End with a trip to a West End musical and workshops from theatre professionals.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival

After a week and half of intensive training, you will spend 2 days in Edinburgh experiencing the world’s largest Theatre Fringe Festivals. You stay in Edinburgh will include accommodation, a sightseeing tour and a show in emerging theatre talent.

Dates & times

31st July - 9th August 2017 in London;

10th - 11th August 2017 in Edinburgh

Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm

Entry requirements

You must be at least 13 years old on the first day of the course and have a suitable level of physical and mental stamina due to the intensity of the course.

The course will be taught in English.


£2,500 including tuition fee, accomodation in London and Edinburgh, travel to Edinburgh, 1 West End show, 1 show in Edinburgh and 1 tour in Edinburgh. You will need to purchase your own return flights, visa and insurance separately as well as other associated costs.

How to book

Please be advised that the Goldsmiths Musical Theatre Summer School 2017 has already ended. Please check back later for more information about the 2018 applications.

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