General Council

The business of IDEA is directed by the General Council which is made up of one appointed delegate from eligible organisational members and any individual members present at the General Council Meeting.

The business of IDEA is directed by the General Council.

General Council Meetings are held during International Congresses and at least once between them. Where there is more than one member from a country, the vote for that country is split proportionally.

The work of the General Council is to: 

  • elect the members of the Executive Committee(EC), the General Meeting Committee(GMC) and the Accountancy Committee(AC);
  • determine the principles of action for IDEA and empower the Executive Committee accordingly;
  • consider the activities report of the President, and the financial report of the Treasurer, as audited and presented by the Accountancy Committee;
  • determine the host countries for the international congresses to be held
  • ratify the nomination of the Congress Director, appointed by the Executive Committee after the organiser of the next congress has been chosen;
  • determine the host country for the IDEA Secretariat;
  • vote on the budget; and
  • fix the amount for membership fees.

The General Meeting Committee (GMC) shall be entrusted with the preparation and guidance of the meetings of the General Council.

The GMC members elected in Évora in July 2017 are:

  • Liliana Galván - President
  • Kristin Runde - Vice President
  • Winnie Nabwami - Secretary

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.

Link to IDEA Constitution

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Portuguese: Associação Internacional de Teatro Educação

French : Association Internationale Théâtre et Éducation 

Spanish: Associación Internacional Teatro y Educación 

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