Northern Ireland’s Leading Men Leading The Way

AMTA Belfast

This weekend sees the first round of Auditions to take place in Belfast as Northern Ireland’s first full-time musical theatre academy prepares to open its doors this September.

Hopeful students from Derry to Kerry are expected in a bid to secure their place at Belfast’s most exciting new third level education academy and most of the applicants so far are male! The American Musical Theatre Academy (AMTA) has chosen Belfast as its fourth location next to Rome, London and New York. Kenneth Avery- Clark, co- founder and Principal of the Academy says of the decision to open in Belfast;

                “I’m am so excited to return to Northern Ireland to attend our very first audition day for our Belfast location opening in September. We are looking for our next big star and with the talent in Ireland I’m confident we will find more than one! It is surprising that we have such a high percentage of men applying, it’s normally the other way round, so I’m expecting to see some impressive leading men of the future, although I’m sure we’ll also see some amazing leading ladies too. Broadway and West End actors are already booked to teach at AMTA Belfast – Ireland is not going to know what hit them when AMTA arrives.”

AMTA are also taking things one step further and inviting those who are still a year too young to come along and experience the audition process in order to better prepare them for when it’s their turn, Kenneth explains;

                “I’m passionate about talent and I want to give young people as many opportunities as I can, myself and the rest of the panel have agreed that we can offer younger students ‘mock auditions’ on the day in order to better prepare them for next year and give them guidance as to how to improve hopefully helping them to secure their future at AMTA. We will also be hosting more auditions over the coming months for those hoping to attend this year.”

Students will audition in front of an expert panel which alongside Kenneth also includes James Huish, Founder and Principal of the JH Academy of Theatre Arts. The students will be judged on dancing, singing and acting .Those who display not only the talent but the right attitude will automatically be offered a place to train at AMTA Belfast.

Students who attend AMTA Belfast will be the first to realise their dreams without the huge cost of tuition and living costs associated with London and New York and will enjoy the same level of expertise. They will be taught by some of the best teachers in the world and instructors will constantly travel between New York, London, Rome and Belfast. The students will also get a chance to train in either London or and New York working with many famous faces from the West End and Broadway!

Auditions will be held at the JH Academy of Theatre Arts2 Derryvolgie Avenue, Belfast, BT9 6FL

To find out more about to apply to to The American Musical Theatre Academy please visit

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