Dear Friends of NATD
I am writing to you to request your support at a time of monumental importance for our Association.
We have experienced periods of immense threat to the Association’s future before and previously we have always pulled through. In some senses, we have lived with such threats to our existence as a constant. It has been the strength of our drama community that we have always pulled together in times of desperate need, to drag the Association forward. At these times, the membership and the wider drama community have stood together as one to find a way to protect the ideals for which our Association stands.
I call on you once more to come together as a community to determine the future of our Association at a time when it faces the greatest challenge since its formation.
The NEC has tabled a motion for the AGM 2016 to close NATD.
I have served on the National Executive Committee for the past 6 years. Before then, I was taught by Drama teachers who had been inspired by the work of the NATD. I have read the many Journals published over the decades and even some of the Broadsheets that came before them. As such, I feel I have experienced the many shapes, forms and fluctuations of the Association across its thirty seven year lifespan. It is therefore with a heavy heart that I am a part of the committee which has been forced to table such a motion.
However, over the past year, membership numbers have reached their lowest ever; the NEC was forced to cancel the National Conference after a mere 6 delegates confirmed attendance; the NEC has run with a number of empty seats; and engagement with our various initiatives has dwindled. The time has come for a serious discussion as to whether our Association can continue to function.
Whether you have been an active member since NATD’s foundation in 1979 or whether you have signed up to be a member this year; whether you have lost contact with the Association for the past 10 years or if you have simply picked up The Journal for Drama in Education once and been inspired in some way by its content; if you have been taught by a member of the Association, if you are retired, if you are an NQT who supports the ideals of the Association or even if you simply care about a child-centred curriculum that has drama at its heart, I implore you to attend the AGM on Saturday 15th October 2016 to discuss this motion and consider how our community can continue to fight for what it believes every young person deserves.
NATD and the ideals that it holds has only ever been as strong as its members. If this is to be the last General Meeting of its community, let’s do it proud and stand up once more for drama-in-education.
Chair of NATD
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