At their recent meeting, the Executive Committee made the painful, but unsurprising, decision that Conference 2021 in Stratford-upon-Avon could not take place. Despite the roll-out of the vaccination programme, the number of possible variables to the Government’s timeline to lift all restrictions, the possible reluctance of members to travel and meet together, the fact that our overseas members will be unable to travel and that one of the stages at the RSC will definitely be closed, leads to the inescapable conclusion that numbers willing to attend might be insufficient to make the Conference viable and mean the Society makes a loss that it can ill afford. Full refunds of money already paid for Stratford will be available on request. Payments received will automatically be transferred to Conference 2022 unless otherwise requested.


The revised Conference schedule is now:

2022 – Stratford Conference 19-21 August based in the Crowne Plaza Hotel

2023 – Canterbury Conference 17-20 August based in the University of Kent in Canterbury

2024 – Manchester


HOWEVER, as a result of the success of the ‘zoom AGM’, Executive agreed to replace this year’s Conference with a virtual ENRICHMENT DAY on a ‘webinar’ style platform with the focus being on the issues that are relevant to teachers of speech and drama TODAY.

The format of the day would follow the same administrative pattern as the AGM with 4 sessions of 1 hour duration with half hour breaks in between for interaction in ‘chat rooms’ and an hour for ‘lunch’. The technology will be refined from the AGM to allow people to move easily between the various chatrooms.


The timetable for the day:

10.00am – 11.00 ‘Teaching Shakespeare – to Zoom or not to Zoom’ Simon Trinder founder of Independent Centre for Actor Training and currently in ‘The Lion King’

11.00 – 11.30 Break / chat rooms

11.30 – 12.30pm ‘Vocal Qualities within Musical Theatre’ Elaine Buckland MBE

Lecturer in Musical Theatre, University of Wolverhampton

12.30 – 1.30 Lunch break / chat rooms

1.30 – 2.30 ‘Autism – Access All Areas’ Kelly Ostler-Coyle

Chair of the South Bucks Branch of the National Autistic Society

2.30 – 3.00 Break / chat rooms

3.00 – 4.00 ‘Physical Theatre for the Camera’ Sophie Shaw

a Q & A session with the Associate Director with Frantic Assembly



FEE Members £25.00 for registrations received by July 31st [£30.00 after this date]

Non-Members £30.00


CERTIFICATES OF ATTENDANCE will be available on request.


TO REGISTER for the day, please complete the form below and return it either by post or by email. Payment may be made by BACS transfer, PAYPAL or cheque. All details can be found on the form.

Looking forward to hearing from you.


Gregan Davis STSD Conference Co-ordinator

Conference 2021 application form

Conference/Enrichment Day – Saturday 4th September