IDEA | International Drama and Theatre Education Association

IDEA is open to regional and international associations and to other institutes, bodies, networks, organisations, schools, universities and individuals working in drama/theatre and education. 

We represent drama/theatre and education in a world context.

We liaise with other national and international organisations working in all fields relevant to education, especially education through the arts;

Current News

This image was taken at the IDEA General Council Meeting in Lima, Peru at the Teatro La Plaza. (Photo by Wilton Martinez) 

The event was hosted by Liliana Galván, President of IDEA's General Meeting Committee  (

Vote on Revised Constitution PASSES!

As charged by the 2017 GCM in Évora, Portugal, the revised IDEA Constitution and Operational Manual were further revised in Lima, and were presented to the IDEA membership for ratification by the Lima GCM, who voted that the President use his emergency powers to ask the membership to ratify the new documents this month. All IDEA members participated in this historic vote and the revised constitution was passed unanimously! On advisement by our team of pro-bono attorneys in Lisboa, there were a few other language changes made to the constitution to further conform to Portuguese law. The final version of the new constitution is posted here and will be formally endorsed at the Congress in Beijing, in July of 2020.

Thank you!

IDEA and IDEC are pleased to announce:

Call for Expressions of Interest for 

IDEA 2020, July 5 - 9, 

Beijing Congress:

Please download the document below to access forms to submit expressions of interest: paper or workshop proposals. Thank you!

     Family- what's that?


Call for action

The first International on-line Art Exibition of 

Young IDEA 

Initiated by our partners from UFMG and “Poeticas de Luz” in Belo Horizonte/ Brazil

2nd -10th February 2020, Lomé, Togo West Africa

Every person associates family with a space of secureness, development and life experiences in our constantly challenging globalized world.

What do children and adults need to (further) develop together in this world, to be capable to act on their own, and be emotionally rich and physically healthy?


We present a method that will enable art teachers, university students, elementary school teachers and artists to mobilize their communities to participate in a project that meets the subject and its stories, through the topic of family. The work is based on biographical research and will be developed with children from the images and narratives of their families through an artistic perspective. (Visual Arts, Theater, Dance, Performance, Music)

We aim to find answers that can be exchanged with other individuals in the world and so share stories, experiences, needs, hopes and projects. The creation of an international network to share the stories / biographies / images of the families, based on experiences in art and education, and the methods of aesthetic education.

Who can participate?

Schools, art and theater teachers who are interested in working on the topic of “Family developments globally” with their students of all ages.

What we offer:

- A work method and workshops on the topic

- Support along the project

- All artwork created will be published online and at our international Family Meeting in Togo

- The opportunity to participate in a larger international project with children around the world and learn more about Family in other countries.

We invite you to participate in this action and exchange your contributions with us from now on until February 2020!

If you are interested and want more detailed information please go to the Young IDEA website:

Recently, IDEA Vice President, Sonya Baehr gave the keynote speech at the “Kids Drama” Symposium in Chengdu, China. The symposium is evidence of a growing enthusiasm for implementing drama throughout the school curriculum in China. Teacher training is being supported, so that more classroom teachers can be taught basic drama education techniques. Ms. Baehr's speech included references to Howard Gardner's Seven Kinds of Human Intelligence. Charts illustrating these are posted below, along with the text of her speech in English and Chinese: