Urdang Academy
Drew McONIE

Drew McOnie

Patron

Growing up outside Walsall, Director and choreographer Drew McOnie showed immense passion and promise in the performing arts from a very early age. Drew is one of the most successful emerging creatives working in the theatre industry today

As a Professional dancer, Drew is most commonly known as a contestant on the first UK season of So You Think You Can Dance.

Drew is now the Artistic Director of The McOnie Company and a proud Associate Artist at The Old Vic Theatre, London and the Nuffield Southampton Theatres. Drew won the Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreography for In the Heights in 2016. He was later nominated for the same award in 2017 for the ground-breaking production of Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

Dance credits include: Cats (Mr Mistophelees), Shoes (Original West End Cast), On the Town (Paris), Chicago (International), Shall We Dance? (Original west End Cast), A Chorus line (Mike), Slow Float (CBE-New York). For Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Drew has performed extensively around the UK, Asia and America in Spitfire, Town and Country, The Infernal Gallop, Dorian Grey (Original Cast), Nutcracker!, The Car Man and Edward Scissorhands (Original Cast). Drew was also the original boy in The Snowman (West End cast and video).

Theatre credits include: KING KONG (The Broadway theatre, Broadway) Strictly Ballroom (Piccadilly Theatre, London’s West End/Toronto/West Yorkshire Playhouse); On the Town (Olivier Award Nomination for Best Musical Revival 2018 – Regent’s Park); The Wild Party (The Other Palace); Jesus Christ Superstar (Olivier Award Nomination for Best Theatre Choreography 2017 – Regents Park), In the Heights (Olivier Award Winner for Best Theatre Choreography, Winner of the Off West End Theatre Award for Best Choreography-Southwark Playhouse and Kings Cross Theatre), The Lorax (Old Vic), Hairspray (BroadwayWorld Award Winner for Best Choreography-UK Tour), Bugsy Malone (Lyric Hammersmith), Oklahoma! (National Tour), Kinky Boots (Malmo Opera), The Sound of Music (Curve Theatre Leicester), Chicago (Curve Theatre Leicester), West Side Story (NYMT), British Style (Collaboration with Matthew Bourne at Buckingham Palace- BBC), Laurel and Hardy (The Watermill), James and the Giant Peach (National Tour), 13 (Directed by Jason Robert Brown- West End), Tommy (European Tour), Spring Awakening (German Premier- Frankfurt), The Full Monty (German Premier,Frankfurt), Kes (Liverpool Playhouse & UK Tour).

Key Dates

Open Days & Auditions 2019/2020

Open days

Open days
All our Open Days are now fully booked.

We now recommend making an online application. We audition everyone who applies. Click on APPLY NOW for more details.

On the audition day candidates will spend all day at the Urdang and get the chance to speak to staff and current students. Parents/guardians will also be given an introductory talk by staff at the beginning of the day.

If you have any further enquiries please email: admissions@theurdang.london

Friday 4th October 2019 FULLY BOOKED
Monday 14th October 2019 FULLY BOOKED
Monday 4th November 2019 FULLY BOOKED
Friday 15th November 2019 FULLY BOOKED
Friday 22nd November 2019 FULLY BOOKED
Friday 17th January 2020 FULLY BOOKED
Monday 20th January 2020 FULLY BOOKED

Auditions

Auditions
Sunday 3rd November 2019

Sunday 24th November 2019

Sunday 8th December 2019

Sunday 12th January 2020

Sunday 19th January 2020

Sunday 26th January 2020

All auditions commence at 8:30 am. Further dates to be announced.

To make an application click on APPLY NOW and register your details.

Term Dates 2019/2020

Degree First year

Autumn 2019
Induction Week
Monday 2nd September 2019

Semester One
Monday 9th September 2019 to Wednesday 11th December 2019

Reading Week
Monday 21st October 2019 to Friday 25th October 2019

Spring 2020
Semester Two
Monday 6th January 2020 to Friday 15th May 2020

Reading Week
Monday 17th February 2020 to Friday 21st February 2020

Easter Break
Monday 6th April 2020 to Monday 13th April 2020

Summer Show (optional)
Rehearsals Start
Monday 18th May 2020

Show Ends
Sunday 12th July 2020

Assessment Retake Period
Monday 13th July 2020 to Wednesday 15th July 2020

Degree Second year

Autumn 2019
Induction Week
Monday 2nd September 2019

Semester One
Monday 9th September 2019 to Friday 20th December 2019

Reading Week
Monday 21st October 2019 to Friday 25th October 2019

Spring 2020
Semester Two
Monday 6th January 2020 to Friday 15th May 2020

Reading Week
Monday 17th February 2020 to Friday 21st February 2020

Easter Break
Monday 6th April 2020 to Monday 13th April 2020

Summer Show (optional)
Rehearsals Start
Monday 18th May 2020

Show Ends
Sunday 12th July 2020

Assessment Retake Period
Monday 13th July 2020 to Wednesday 15th July 2020

Degree Third year

Autumn 2019
Induction Week
Monday 2nd September 2019

Semester One
Monday 9th September 2019 to Wednesday 11th December 2019

Reading Week
Monday 21st October 2019 to Friday 25th October 2019

Spring 2020
Semester Two
Thursday 2nd January 2020 to Saturday 16th May 2020

Easter Break
Monday 6th April 2020 to Monday 13th April 2020

Diploma First year

Autumn 2019
Induction Week
Monday 2nd September 2019

Term One
Monday 9th September 2019 to Wednesday 11th December 2019

Half Term
Monday 21st October 2019 to Friday 25th October 2019

Spring 2020
Term Two
Monday 6th January 2020 to Friday 15th May 2020

Half Term
Monday 17th February 2020 to Friday 21st February 2020

Easter Break
Monday 6th April 2020 to Monday 13th April 2020

Summer 2020
Term Three (incl. Summer Show)
Monday 18th May 2020 to Sunday 12th July 2020

Assessment Retake Period
Monday 13th July 2020 to Wednesday 15th July 2020

Diploma Second year

Autumn 2019
Induction Week
Monday 2nd September 2019

Term One
Monday 9th September 2019 to Wednesday 11th December 2019

Half Term
Monday 21st October 2019 to Friday 25th October 2019

Spring 2020
Term Two
Monday 6th January 2020 to Friday 15th May 2020

Half Term
Monday 17th February 2020 to Friday 21st February 2020

Easter Break
Monday 6th April 2020 to Monday 13th April 2020

Summer 2020
Term Three (incl. Summer Show)
Monday 18th May 2020 to Sunday 12th July 2020

Assessment Retake Period
Monday 13th July 2020 to Wednesday 15th July 2020

Diploma Third year

Autumn 2018
Induction Week
Monday 2nd September 2019

Term One
Monday 9th September 2019 to Wednesday 11th December 2019

Half Term
Monday 21st October 2019 to Friday 25th October 2019

Spring 2019
Term Two
Thursday 2nd January 2020 to Saturday 16th May 2020

Easter Break
Monday 6th April 2020 to Monday 13th April 2020

Summer 2019
Term Three
Monday 18th May 2020 to Friday 12th June 2020

Foundation

Autumn 2019
Induction Week
Wednesday 4th September 2019

Term One
Monday 9th September 2019 to Wednesday 11th December 2019

Half Term
Monday 21st October 2019 to Friday 25th October 2019

Spring 2020
Term Two
Monday 6th January 2020 to Friday 22nd May 2020

Half Term
Monday 17th February 2020 to Friday 21st February 2020

Easter Break
Monday 6th April 2020 to Tuesday 14th April 2020

AVT First year

Autumn 2019
Induction Week
Wednesday 4th September 2019

Term One
Monday 9th September 2019 to Wednesday 11th December 2019

Half Term
Monday 21st October 2019 to Friday 25th October 2019

Spring 2020
Term Two
Monday 6th January 2020 to Friday 12th June 2020

Half Term
Monday 17th February 2020 to Friday 21st February 2020

Easter Break
Monday 6th April 2020 to Tuesday 14th April 2020

AVT Second year

Autumn 2019
Induction Week
Wednesday 4th September 2019

Term One
Monday 9th September 2019 to Wednesday 11th December 2019

Half Term
Monday 21st October 2019 to Friday 25th October 2019

Spring 2020
Term Two
Monday 6th January 2020 to Friday 12th June 2020

Half Term
Monday 17th February 2020 to Friday 21st February 2020

Easter Break
Monday 6th April 2020 to Tuesday 14th April 2020

Performances 2019/2020

Coming Soon

Coming Soon
Coming Soon

Summer School/Pre Audition Courses 2019/2020

Pre Audition

Autumn 2019
Monday 21st October 2019 - Friday 25th October 2019

Applications

Applications for 2020 Entry 

You can now apply for one of our full time 2020 courses, please register and you will receive an activation email.

Audition dates are listed under Key Dates.  Further dates will be announced shortly.

If you have any further queries please email us at: admissions@theurdang.london

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