Equity president Maureen Beattie has argued that accreditation for drama courses is more important than ever, as training options have increased and many students are “sent out unprepared for the challenges of the industry”.
The comments were made at a reception hosted by accrediting body the Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre and Trinity College London, which awards exam qualifications.
Beattie said that when she graduated in 1974 from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), there were only a “handful” of other establishments training students for a career in the performing arts.
She added: “Now there are so many courses on offer – some better than others and some downright dubious – producing far more graduates than the industry can possibly absorb, and sending out students of all ages unprepared for the challenges of a world that can be so very rewarding, but which can be punishing and deeply stressful.
“This enormous change in the landscape is one of the reasons why we need organisations like CDMT and Trinity more than ever before.”