Federation of Drama Schools launches with Birmingham Conservatoire as member school

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Birmingham Conservatoire has been announced as a founding member of a new forum that has been established to represent drama school training in the UK.

Following the closure of Drama UK last autumn, the newly formed Federation of Drama Schools (FDS) launched on Tuesday 13 June.

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Primarily established to enable prospective students to identify high quality, intensive, vocational training for performers, directors, designers and technicians, the new organisation 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 Birmingham Conservatoire, the Federation of Drama Schools 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.

Leon Rubin, Chair of the Federation of Drama Schools, said: “This will be a forward-looking and dynamic organisation.

Committed to equality of opportunity and diversity in all its forms, the Federation of Drama Schools 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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