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The Federation of Drama Schools launch

The Federation of Drama Schools launch

Following the closure of Drama UK last autumn, the Federation of Drama Schools (FDS), a new organisation representing drama school training in the UK, was launched earlier this month.

The FDS was primarily established to help prospective students identify high quality, intensive, vocational training for performers, directors, designers and technicians, and is committed to exploring ways of sharing best practice in teaching and learning; enhancing equality, accessibility and diversity in recruitment; and maintaining very strong links with various parts of the industry in which trained students will find employment.

With 20 member institutions, including ALRA, the FDS brings together all of the major schools that were formerly members of Drama UK.

All member schools demonstrate a commitment to the organisation's vision and core principles, including intensive contact hours, limited class sizes and teaching by highly experienced, professionally active staff.

Commenting on the launch, Leon Rubin, Chair of the Federation, said:

"This will be a forward-looking and dynamic organisation. Our aim is to facilitate the delivery of vocational training of the highest quality, so that graduates from these schools are well equipped to serve the industry of today, as well as to lead and shape its development in the future."

Committed to equality of opportunity and diversity in all its forms, the FDS will host regular meetings of member schools with a view to sharing best practice, innovating research and liaising with the industry.

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Reasons to study at ALRA
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    ALRA is a leading conservatoire drama school with a reputation for training hard working, fully-rounded professional actors.
  • ALRA’s acting training includes includes specialist instruction in stage, film, TV, audio, comedy, voice and movement and is supported with contextual studies to prepare for work.
  • ALRA is a leading conservatoire drama school with a reputation for training hard working, fully-rounded professional actors.
  • ALRA has built strong relationships within the industry and our showcases and productions are directed and attended by agents, directors, casting directors, writers, producers and our own inspiring Alumni.
  • ALRA’s resident teams are dedicated, talented professionals with a wealth of knowledge and experience and a passion for teaching. Our students are supported in all aspects of their studies.
  • ALRA’s reputation of securing opportunities for students grows each year and our Alumni are working in the West End, Regional and Touring Theatre Productions, as well as in Film, TV and Comedy both in the UK and beyond.
  • ALRA recruits a comparatively small number of students each year so that everybody has our full attention and feels part of the school from the moment they arrive.
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5 tickets for ALRA showcases | that's alumnights

At each Friday night performance of any ALRA show there will hold back 5 complimentary tickets for our ALRA graduates.

To find out the forthcoming shows, please see the ‘What’s on’ section of the website.

Alumnight tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis; to book tickets please email info@alra.co.uk

Please note: ALRA still offer free tickets to all ALRA shows to alumni that are within their first year of graduation.

To learn more about ALRA’s graduate package please email dylan.stafford@alra.co.uk

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