IDEA is composed of national associations working in the field of drama/theatre and education, and regional organisations, institutions and individuals pursuing the same aims. Members of each member association are automatically accepted as members of IDEA by virtue of their organisation's status as a member association.
IDEA has two kinds of membership: 1) ordinary; 2) associate
National organisations can apply for ordinary or associate membership. Individuals and institutions (schools, theatres, art centres etc) can apply for associate membership only. Associate members have the same obligations and rights as ordinary members, but cannot vote.

Responsibilities of IDEA to its members

The Executive Committee of IDEA is committed to actively support its members in the development of projects, curricula, the exchange of ideas and resources, and the protection and affirmation of its members’ cultural and educational human rights. To this end, IDEA will offer or facilitate all available expertise as a consultancy service, and make available its stamp of international approval to members that fulfil our project criteria and can demonstrate our standards of preparation and evaluation.

Criteria for Membership

IDEA expects its members to:
1. support the development of cultural democracy and human rights through drama/theatre education. IDEA opposes discrimination on the basis of race, colour, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age or ability.
2. support the development and advocacy of drama/ theatre and education.
3. pay either an annual membership fee, as defined periodically by the General Council or, a 3-yearly payment to be made at the IDEA World Congress.
4. provide references from two respected drama/theatre and education institutions or practitioners (preferably from within or known to IDEA), who are familiar with the applicant’s history and can confirm the applicant meets the above criteria. In circumstances where this criterion is difficult to fulfil, IDEA will look for an alternative kind of reference (in the form of a project report or conference presentation).   

Expectations and Responsibilities of Members

1. Member associations will inform their own members about IDEA and promote the active interest of their members in the work of IDEA.
2. All members will send an annual report to the IDEA Secretary, highlighting any actions taken to advance the aims of IDEA.
3. All members will send the IDEA Secretary any information which might be useful to the membership of IDEA. This information may be used for regular newsletters to members and in online communications, such as the IDEA Facebook page.
4. Members will strive to participate in General Council meetings, even if by shaping the GC agenda and by proxy, and will inform the IDEA General Council Meeting Secretary Maria van Bakelen at one month in advance whether they expect to participate.
5. Member associations will appoint an IDEA liaison officer who will take responsibility for all communication with IDEA. This person's contact information should be communicated to the IDEA Secretary Kim Snider at and any changes in information should be communicated to the secretary promptly.
6. Member associations will encourage at least one volunteer to enter IDEA’s working committees.

Members’ Rights

All representatives of ordinary (national) and associate member organisations and all individual associate members have the right to be elected to the executive bodies of IDEA and in this way participate and contribute to the life and activities of IDEA.
Membership Application Procedure
New members are approved either at a General Council Meeting or by the IDEA Executive Committee when the General Council Meeting is not in session.
When you decide to apply for membership, you should choose either the Membership Form for Individuals or the Membership Form for Organisations through the Apply for Membership and upload it or send it to: Kim Snider (IDEA Secretary) at
If there is already an IDEA member in the country of the new applicant, IDEA will inform its member about the new candidate and ask for comments. The decision to accept the new member is, however, independently made by the General Council Meeting or Executive Committee.
Applicants will be informed when a decision has been made regarding their application. This process takes up to six weeks.

Membership Payment Procedure

Once your application for membership has been confirmed, the new member will be invited to pay the membership fee for the current year to the IDEA Treasurer, Gudny Maria Jonsdottir at
Once you have received this welcome letter, you can expect to receive an invoice for your membership fees for the next year. Each year you will be sent a renewal notice for fees. If you are unable to meet the financial requirements of your membership, you may apply for a delay or decrease of fees (Article 55) by contacting the IDEA Treasurer with the details of your request.

Membership Fees 

IDEA applies the UNESCO Bands to determine annual membership fees.

Full Membership

Band A Countries $USD 320.00  Band B Countries $USD 200.00 

Band C Countries $USD 140.00  Band D Countries $USD 65.00

Associate Membership

Band A and B Countries $USD 140.00

Band C and D Countries $USD 65.00


Communicating with IDEA

Once you have become a member of IDEA, we encourage you to 'Like' us on Facebook, join the various social media groups we host online, and post your information and events to our pages. You can also send information you would like distributed to members through the IDEA Secretary at Regular e-newsletters will be sent to members informing them of important events and information that is of interest to our community.
In the coming months you can expect to receive by email the newly-designed IDEA logo for your outgoing communication.
We hope this information has helped you to get to know IDEA better and we warmly welcome you into our Association.