Dear Members, Friends,
I regret to inform you that Actoring Society will be dissolved. The society has not operated so far in the academic year 2016/2017 and will now be closing.
I would like to take an opportunity to thank all of you for believing in our vision, contributing ideas, hours and hard work and being part of this initiative.
We set out to create an exciting forum to create, discuss and learn, an institution to connect courses, years and graduates, actors and directors. We set ambitious goals and achieved many of them.
Inspired by the work at East 15, we brought stories, reviews and opinions on theatre, dramaturgy, film and training and much more. We promoted graduate theatre companies, their shows and even conducted interviews.
I invite you to read a few of my favourite articles from the magazine.
We had a mission to inspire, to debate our art and stimulate our members by inviting notable individuals to speak to us, and I am so proud of all of us for that beautiful evening with Alison Steadman.
I am saddened by the fact we must discontinue the existence of the society, but after a bumpy spring term in 2016, we were unable to regain confidence in the vision, failed to recruit new members in the new academic year to continue our hard work and ultimately were unable to continue following our mission.
I am saddened that we won’t be able to connect graduates with first years for the years to come, but I do believe we have given the University a wake-up call and I will personally be working very closely with them to create more networking and growth opportunities for graduates and students.
Please continue to create work, criticise and question, contribute to our world in a time where artists like you, visionaries and ambitious, people with soul and drive are most needed than ever. Create global conversations, outside of East 15. Alarm people, wake them up, speak up, share your opinions, articulate them, stand up to bullies, even if those bullies are President Trump. We are needed more than ever.
In terms of money, we still have (amount shown in letter to members) thousand in our Treasury.
I would like to suggest we use that money to support an exemplary charity currently operating in Syria. The White Helmets, who have been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, rush in to search for life in the rubbles of Syria.
They have saved over 70 thousand lives so far and this number is growing by the day.
There’s a lot we can do with our art, but I urge you to pledge this money to this worthy, very important cause in Syria.
A donation will be made in your name should you not claim a refund.
Should you wish to receive a refund please submit the form (given in letter to members) below and the Treasurer will arrange a refund. Refunds will be made in cash, at East 15, Loughton Campus, between February 10th and February 20th.
Thank you once again, To all of you,
We accomplished much, and learnt a lot together.
I wish you all the very best,
for the last time as your loyal President,