We are incredibly proud to be able to launch an MA Musical Theatre Performance from September 2020. Associated Studios specialises in ‘post-graduate’ vocational training and it is at the very core of what we do. Unlike other institutions who focus their energies mostly on their BA or undergraduate training in Musical Theatre, Associated Studios are proud of having a history of refining the existing skills of Actors, Dancers and Singers at a point in their careers where they have some experience behind them, but need to be thrown into full-time, expert and intensive training with top-level practitioners, in order to be catapulted to the next level in their careers. The results we have achieved with performers who have joined us to complete their training have been impressive. A string of Associated Studios alumni have secured contracts for West End Lead roles, as well as Leads in UK Tours.

On the MA Musical Theatre Performance students will work with eminent industry professionals. The days will mostly be split equally between Singing, Dance and Acting. There will be Masterclasses, performance projects, a West End industry showcase and a public production in a professional theatre.

An MA is a significant achievement and a much deserved accolade for performers who have reached a certain level of achievement in their skill sets. Associated Studios are passionate about the integrity of their training, especially in an industry fraught with insecurity, disappointments and a saturation of performers with not enough work to go around. Although the training at Associated Studios is purely vocational as opposed to academic, we feel strongly that performers deserve formal recognition for their advanced level of training, the many hours of hard work and the many years of training they have put in. Training as a performer never stops. It is a lifelong process and a lifelong commitment.

Applicants will be considered who have completed a BA in any subject and have the required skill level in Singing, Dance and Acting with the potential to work in the Musical Theatre industry . Applicants with no BA ,who have 5 years professional experience, may also be considered. Application is by audition.

Although this course is still formally ‘subject to validation’, the University have now given the green light to start publicising the news and validation should be complete imminently.

Applications are now open. Find out more here


Leontine Hass – CEO

Founding Principal | Vocal Coach
Leontine Hass is an internationally renowned Vocal Coach and Principal of the Associated Studios London Performing Arts Academy.

Leontine Hass is currently vocal coach for Motown at The Shaftesbury Theatre London. She has served as vocal coach to Matt Henry (Lola in Kinky Boots West End), Alice Stokoe (Sophie in Mamma Mia, West End), Gloria Onitiri (Lead in The Bodyguard & Hair, West End), Claire Sweeney (Tell Me on a Sunday) and many other leads and swings in the West End, national and international tours of productions such as Thriller-Live, Oliver!, Carousel, Parade, Tell Me on a Sunday, The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera, Witches of Eastwick, Nine, The Wizard of Oz, Ragtime, Sweeney Todd, Cats, Sister Act, We Will Rock You, Footloose, Wicked, The Sound of Music, Ghost, Hairspray, Porgy and Bess, The Bodyguard, Jesus Christ Superstar, Jersey Boys, Barnum, Miss Saigon, Book of Mormon, Mamma Mia, In the Heights, The Color Purple, Memphis, Spamalot, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Aladdin, Chicago, The Pyjama Game, Kinky Boots and the upcoming production of Dreamgirls.

Leontine coaches members of The Swingle Singers, Collabro, The Magnets, The Sons of Pitches and classical singers with ENO, Welsh National Opera and ROH, as well as Pop/Rock/Jazz singers. Leontine was the Vocal Coach for shows including the London premiere of Bernarda Alba the Musical, and currently the a cappella hit, ‘Gobsmacked’.

Leontine teaches workshops and lectures internationally on singing, voice and performance. She rehabilitates voices after surgery, or as surgery prevention. She has taught at leading Music & Drama Schools including GSA Conservatoire, the Oxford School of Drama, Mountview, LSMT, YMT, The Brit School, La Salle (Singapore), the Queensland Conservatorium, Centre Stage and The VCA (Melbourne).

Leontine has acted as vocal consultant to various music management/production companies, including ITV and the BBC. Leontine is vocal coach for ‘The Voice’ for BBC TV. She was featured as a mentor/vocal coach on the Gareth Malone show, ‘The Naked Choir’, for BBC2 and will also be involved with Series 2. She is a regular columnist at voicecouncil.com and for The Stage newspaper. She is a contributor to ‘The Singer’s Complete Guide to Vocal Health’ (Oxford Uni. Press), and advisor/contributor to ‘The Ultimate Guide to Singing’ published by TC Helicon in 2014.

Having originally trained as a classical singer (BA, Melb. Uni, BMus. Kings College London, Dip. RAM), Leontine has performed as a singer and actress in concert, theatre and TV.

Leontine is the CEO/Founding Principal of the Associated Studios Performing Arts Academy London, which she founded in 2007, then based at The Royal Academy of Music. Associated Studios provides full-time and part-time training and professional development in Musical Theatre and Opera (www.associatedstudios.co.uk). The Board of Directors includes Rory Bremner (Chair), Patrick Lawrence QC and Dr Christopher Stewardson. Patrons include Sir Tim Rice, Jeremy Irons, Jeremy Herrin, Timothy West and Scott Alan.

Leontine is represented by Lesley Duff at Diamond Management.