History of MEPA College
Mandy Ellen is the founder and the Principal Director of MEPA College.
In September 2005 Mandy Ellen Performing Arts College (MEPA) was founded. Mandy felt that performing arts was fast becoming out of reach to many talented students due to cost and location. Having three of her own students approach her, wanting to take there performing to a professional level but not wishing to move to London, Mandy embarked on her next journey creating what has now become a very successful professional performing arts college. The ethos of the college is Quality not Quantity and from that very first day, Mandy promised herself that technical class numbers would remain low, therefore giving students the individual attention needed to ensure they reach the standard required for this tough industry. The college has gone from strength to strength and there has been no looking back. Over the years, she has watched her students graduate and gain professional work in touring shows, pantomimes, cruise ships, hotels, cabaret clubs, teaching and much more.
Mandy Ellen plays a prominent part at ‘Move It’, which has become one of the biggest industry events for Performing Arts students in the country. Mandy Ellen Performing Arts College has its own stand along with students appearing on the ‘Move It’ Main Stage and in the more intimate Show Case Theatre. Mandy and her team of teachers are often asked to teach workshops and masterclasses. Be sure to come and find us if you are able to make this event, which is held annually in March, at Olympia.
As principal Mandy prides herself on being approachable, listening to students’ needs and requirements, offering support where she can. Over the last three years Mandy along with her Deputy Principal, Emma West have been working hard together with the full support of her teaching faculty to gain accreditation with CDET (Council for Dance, Education and Training). In September 2013, Mandy Ellen was proud to announce ‘Mandy Ellen Performing Arts College’ were fully affiliated and endorsed by CDET.
Mandy is proactive and continues to have a very hands on approach and is delighted to be part of the teaching faculty at the college. Mandy has become extensively recognised by professionals throughout the industry and continues to add to the experiences of the Mandy Ellen Performing Arts students, enabling them to be part of the professional industry.