WHAT IS IDEA?
IDEA is an international not for profit association. It is the peak body for drama/theatre and education. It operates across time zones, countries and cultures.
IDEA is open to national, regional and international associations and to other institutes, bodies, networks, organisation and individuals working in drama/theatre and education.
IDEA is an open and inclusive association. IDEA opposes discrimination on the basis of race, colour, national origin, language, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability.
General Council Meeting 2019; Lima, Peru
IDEA 25th Anniversary in Evora, 2017
WHAT IDEA DOES?
In overview, IDEA promotes and supports drama/ theatre and education through:
• Communication: Web page and social media
• General Council Meetings
• Research and Special Interest Groups
• Congress and events
• IDEA collaborations - World Alliance for Arts Education and others
OVERVIEW OF THE IDEA STORY
IDEA was founded in Portugal in July 1992 through the initial Congress in Oporto and was registered under Portuguese law in 1994.
While the international organisations for theatre such as ITI, ASSITEJ and AITA/IATA included education within their charters, IDEA was formed to foreground more strongly drama/theatre and education.
IDEA has provided an international forum for communicating about, promoting and advocating for drama/theatre and education in schools, communities and all fields of endeavor. It does this through advocacy, publications, projects, research, Young IDEA, congresses and conferences and collaborations.
1992, 1st Drama and Education World Congress in Porto, Portugal