New Forum Established to represent Drama School Training



Following the closure of Drama UK last autumn, the newly formed Federation of Drama Schools (FDS) was launched on 13th June 2017.

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 twenty member institutions, including Rose Bruford College, 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.

‘This will be a forward-looking and dynamic organisation’, states Leon Rubin, Chair of the Federation. ‘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 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.