IDEA | International Drama and Theatre Education Association

IDEA is open to regional and international associations and to other institutes, bodies, networks, organisations 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


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:



Publication: Planting trees of Drama with Global Vision in Local Knowledge

The investigation in this paper aims to shed light on the question of how and why Reminiscence Theatre can cross cultural and linguistic boundaries and communicate with people from different cultural horizons. It also aims to define and investigate the process and significance of Reminiscence Theatre's specific kind of cross-cultural communication.

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School festivals bring young voices together against discrimination

More than 1,000 primary and secondary students, including refugee children, in 46 schools around Greece will showcase their drama and arts skills in a series of festivals this month to mark International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.


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The Overwhelmed Generation - Family Developments in the Globalization Age - Young IDEA

This is the title of an international students‘ meeting which will take place from 12 May to 26 May 2018 in Rostock, Germany. Theatre Teachers from 10 nations will meet in Rostock, Germany. The purpose is to discuss various methods of theatre work and to plan a component of the upcoming International Children and Parents Conference, (Togo 2019)

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