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IDEA is an association of individuals and professional associations supporting and promoting drama/theatre and education. 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.

Leadership and Committees

Between General Council Meetings, IDEA is managed by the Executive Committee, in collaboration with the General Meeting Committee and the Accountancy Committee.

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The International Drama Theatre and Education Association was established in July 1992 in Oporto, Portugal. IDEA has members in more than..

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  • we organise regional and international congresses for drama/theatre and education;
  • we initiate research into and development of drama/theatre and education;
  • we produce international publications and facilitate the circulation of information relevant to drama/theatre and education;
  • we encourage the exchange of drama/theatre practitioners between our member associations;
  • we promote projects and the work of Young IDEA.

General Council

The business of IDEA is directed by the General Council which meets at IDEA Congresses and at least once between Congresses.

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The work of IDEA is directed by the Constitution registered in Portugal. In 2019, the IDEA Constitution was revised.

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your international association encouraging and supporting drama/theatre and education.


The role of the IDEA Administrator is to work closely with both the IDEA President and the elected officers to manage the business...

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IDEA Operational Manual

While the Constitution provides the legal framework for action, the Operational Manual includes the practical day-to-day guidelines for running IDEA 

Read September 2019 Draft

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