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Performing Arts Network


The RSA Performing Arts Network is for the widest range of performing arts professionals in the RSA − working in drama, dance, music, live art, opera, circus, and more. The aim is to consider the current role of the performing arts in the RSA, how we can contribute to there being more, and how we can increase awareness of the many ways in which work in the performing arts sector dovetails with the RSA's mission to enrich society through ideas and action.

Meetings of the network have considered such topics as Verbatim Theatre projects, drama in schools, commissioning in the health sector, and community focus and funding. We believe that the performing arts sector is not just about entertainment, it empowers audiences with knowledge and new perceptions, and many practitioners’ work ties in closely with the ambitions of the Power to Create.

This network was set up in the belief that there is more to this sector than the razzle dazzle of showbiz! It has two main purposes: to hold network get-togethers where participants can compare experiences, feed into RSA research and consider ways to share their practice to benefit fellow FRSAs; to present occasional one-off showcase performances of works with a strong social remit particularly aimed at FRSAs who do not work in this sector.

Jackie Elliman FRSA

Performing Arts Network Fellow Lead