Success Stories

Ryan John Mackay 

In  2016 Ryan was accepted into Frantic Assembly's Ignition company. From then he has   continued to work with the company. After graduating with a degree in Acting and Performance   he then went on to perform in productions such as Blackout at the Lyceum Theatre, The Gorbals   Vampire at the Citizens Theatre. Ryan is currently in the cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London west end. “I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn’t for GAA. It gave me the opportunity to grow, create and perform. It taught me the ins and out and what it means to work in this industry. GAA is somewhere I'll never forget.”

Aodhan Gallagher

Aodhan began his training at the Tisch School of theArts, NYU in New York City in 2015, straight after leaving Glasgow ActingAcademy. Since joining the school's Dramatic Writing department, he has writtenseveral scripts for theatre, film and television that have received in-classworkshops and have been staged and performed at GAA when he returned home forthe summer. He's had had the opportunity to be trained by Pulitzer PrizeNominee writers and professionals in the industry, who have helped him hone hiscraft and reach his full potential. On top of his writing, he has also used theexperience of being at Tisch to train as an actor as well. In 2016, he wasaccepted into the Tisch Open Arts Acting Studio, where he was taught by some ofNew York's top acting coaches and has used what he's learned from the studio toperform in plays on NYU's campus. This year, Aodhan was also accepted intoNYU's Acting Program in Berlin, where he will be studying a course calledBrecht, Stanislavski and Beyond, which is an intensive studio that focuses ontraining young actors to blend naturalistic styles of performances with theless conventional styles in order to enhance their stage presence. Aodhanfrequently comes back to GAA to work with the students and pass on what he has learned.No matter what, GAA is what ignited his interest in writing and performing soit will always hold a special place in his heart.

Lewis Foley

Since leaving Glasgow acting academy, Lewis went on to train at one of the best dance schools in Europe, Doreen Bird College in London under a DaDA scholarship. Since graduating in 2015, Lewis has performed on stages all around the world. His training at GAA and Bird has seen him perform with the likes of Kerry Ellis and Ria Jones in West End Woman The Concert, and also dance for the Royal family at the VE Day 2015 performance. His other theatre credits include Joe Malarkey in Face The Music (Original London company.) Eugene and understudy Doody in Grease The Musical which toured Finland and Sweden. Ensemble dancer in Rainbow Rocks The Musical International Arena Tour, which toured South East Asia. And most recently danced and understudied two leads in Norwich Theatre Royal’s annual pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, which was voted the 6th best panto in the UK 2017 (The Stage.) Without the fundamental training at GAA, Lewis wouldn’t be able to do what he loves for a living and couldn’t be more thankful for everything they’ve done for him, and continue to do for others.

James Clements

James Clements is an interdisciplinary theatre maker and actor based between New York and Scotland. His techniques merge voice, movement and text to create socio-cultural dialogues on stage and between creatives. Clements has worked with a diverse range of artists, including Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Kate Whoriskey, and the Talking Band, and has appeared at venues including La MaMa, IRT, and WOW Café Theatre. Clements has been on the creative team for projects at Lincoln Center LCT3, the Public Theatre, and the American Theatre of Actors, and his original plays have been performed in cities across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Critics have described them as “intricate and compelling" (BroadwayWorld) and “tense and provocative” (The Providence Journal). His latest play, The Diana Tapes, will open Off-Broadway at HERE Arts Center in May 2018, followed by a transfer to London's Stockwell Playhouse. He is an affiliated instructor for Drama at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and Co-Artistic Director of What Will the Neighbors Say? A new theatre company with a mission to provoke questions through untold stories. In 2015, Clements received a grant from Donn Russell of the Peg Sandvoort Foundation for the development of new work.


Murray Alford

Murray is based in Australia working in the production department on major TV shows and Hollywood movies. His credits include working on "I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!", "Kong: Skull Island", "Thor: Ragnarok", "Pirates of the Carabian: Dead Men Tell no Tales" 

"Glasgow acting academy taught me the etiquette and professional conduct required to work in the film industry. I would not be where I am now if it had not been for the skills I learned there. They were instrumental in shaping me into the person I am today. I can not thank GAA enough for the confidence, social skills and life lessons I acquired while there. Not to mention the life long friends(family) I made.”