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.