SDEA Theatre Arts Conference 2021
22 to 30 May 2021

Dear Robin,

The SDEA Theatre Arts Conference will be back in 2021 and we are open we are now accepting proposals.

This edition will take place online, so wherever you are, we invite you to submit an application and join us!

Challenge your ideas of inclusivity, community, and creativity at the SDEA Theatre Arts Conference 2021 as we question: How have our notions of ‘theatre’ been disrupted within people and places, allowing for new ways of living and working? What can we do to ensure better access and representation in our practices? How do we expand our capacity for discovery and reinvention?

What we're looking for

This 5th iteration of the SDEA Theatre Arts Conference invites attendees to explore working with the unfamiliar, the challenging, the new, and the alternative, within Singapore, Asia, and the world.

The conference will feature a range of research papers and presentations as well as interactive, experiential and practical workshops on applied drama and theatre practices within the communityeducationhealth, and performancesectors. We invite explorations and responses to the 2021 theme, Creative Disruption: Exploring New Ground, addressing but not limited to:

  • Artistry in process-driven work
  • Disability representation in the arts and creating performance using the Aesthetics of Access
  • Creating work in spaces and places of tension
  • Reimagining creative pedagogies in education
  • Inclusion in creative practice within and beyond the classroom
  • Applied arts and physical and/or mental health
  • Unconventional interventions in conventional spaces
  • Artist-led responses and strategies to creating work from disruption

Change of Format of Theatre Arts Conference 2021   

In light of disruptions caused by COVID-19, The SDEA Theatre Arts Conference 2021 has been adapted to an online digital format, and will take place between Saturday 22 May 2021 and Sunday 30 May 2021.

Despite the easing of circuit breaker measures in the host country of Singapore, the impact of COVID-19 has far reaching consequences, and much uncertainty remains on a global level. We have therefore taken the step to move the conference online, to make it accessible to those who would not have been able to make it to Singapore due to scheduling conflicts or travel restrictions.  

We welcome the challenge of organising the conference in this format, and we are looking forward to receiving your exciting presentations addressing the theme: Creative Disruption - Exploring New Ground.

To apply

SDEA Theatre Arts Conference is currently accepting proposal applications.

  1. Download the Proposal Submission Form here
  2. Email a completed form to by Sunday, 4 October 2020, 11.59pm (SGT)
  3. SDEA will get in touch with you regarding your application.
Know someone who would like to submit a proposal? Feel free to forward this email and tell them about us!

For further enquiries, please reach out to

IDEA Europe regional network - annual meeting online!

The Coordination Committee of IDEA Europe have now the following plan (below) for our meeting in October, which will be online. You are welcome to send proposals into this draft agenda.  In good time before meeting you will get technical info how the meeting will happen.

Image: IDEA EU meeting in Frankfurt November 1 2019.

Friday 23 October

15 – 18   (3.00 PM - 6.00 PM)
1)  1-minute-presentation of person/member/Main news
2)  Presentations of ideas/plans/concepts for European funded international projects and looking for partners to talk with in the second meeting
3)  How can we promote drama/theatre as a school subject on a european level?
     Short report about the studies (Katerina, Betty).
4)  Impact of Seoul Agenda and Frankfurt declaration in our countries. Political cooperation with ISME and InSEA-members in different european countries (plans, existing activities, needs). News from EAAE.
5)  Information about IDEA-GCM and requests for discussion in IEM beforehand.
6)  Planning the second meeting: Topics, small work groups.

Saturday, 24 October 
14 -17  (2.00 PM - 5.00 PM)
1)  Small work groups:
     - A. Theatre education online / ideas, experiences, concepts, exchange, platforms.......
     - B. Group(s) planning common EU-projects
     - C. Collecting ideas/requests for an "IE-action-list"
     - D. Other groups?
2)  Short reports from the groups, motions etc.
3)  IEM contribution to Young IDEA (Aine)
4)  Our European view on IDEA-GCM-topics, elections, more regional structures in IDEA, etc..
5)  Cocos for 2021
6)  New action-list

 Looking beyond the Flood

Big Drama and Theatre Education Debate: Getting our act togetherJuly 15 2020 

Robin Pascoe,  President IDEA International Drama/Theatre and Education Association, Honorary Fellow, Murdoch University.

The Drama and Theatre Education Alliance represents a network of leading association to: 

  • Create a stronger, coherent and connected lobbying voice for drama and theatre;
  • Present collective responses to government policies;
  • Share information and knowledge concerning developments in individual associations, in order to be better informed;
  • Agree and implement strategies that will raise the profile of learning through drama and theatre in schools and theatres.

This group include: Action for Children’s Arts, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, London Drama, London Theatre Consortium, National Drama, NST (Nuffield Southampton Theatres), SCUDD (The Standing Conference of University Drama Departments), Theatre Education Forum, Theatre Workout; and are supported by others

in 2019, IDEA Vice President, Sonya Baehr gave the keynote speech at the “Kids Drama” Symposium in Chengdu, China. 

Read More

Call for Expressions of Interest for IDEA 2020, July 5 - 9, 
Beijing Congress:

Please download the document below to access forms to submit expressions of interest: paper or workshop proposals. Thank you!

A collection of resources for teachers who may be teaching in a time of Coronavirus COVID-19

Schools may be closed. Teacher education and professional learning opportunities maybe moved on-line. Circumstances may be out of our collective immediate control. But the work of teaching and learning does not cease. Our need to adapt and improvise is one of our strengths as drama educators. 

Sometimes we just need to know where to start. 

I have been collecting some links and pointers to share that journey.

You will find it here


  • 25 Apr 2020 5:08 PM | Robin Pascoe (Administrator)

    Received from Nikos Govas, Greece


    Please forward to anyone interested  / Παρακαλούμε προωθείστε σε όποιον μπορεί να ενδιαφέρεται [παρακάτω κείμενο στα ελληνικά]

    «Education & Theatre Journal” –  Call for 2020 update

     Dear colleagues and friends,

    The Editor and the Editorial Committee of the “Education & Theatre” Journal would like to address the following briefing note, regarding the extension of the deadline and an update on the instructions of the submission of articles for the forthcoming 21st issue (year 2020).

     As our community remains committed to the Journal’s goals and thematic fields, in times when theatre, education and mostly the relationship between theatre and education are put into test, we hope that the next 'education & theatre' issue will capture the dynamics of the transition from the pre-epidemic “normality” to the post-epidemic “indeterminate” future

     For this reason, would like to invite articles which:

    a) are based on ideas, research, applications and facts that were developed before the epidemicin other words, contributions like those that have already been submitted for peer reviewing as usual up to now; but we also encourage articles that solely or in combination:

    b)  are based on ideas, applications and facts that are developed as we speak, under the pressure of the social dynamics imposed by the measures of personal confinement and digital mediation of communication;

    c) support approaches of a after epidemic future.

    Extension of deadline:

    We’d therefore like to inform you that the deadline for the articles’ submission is extended until 30 June 2020

    Authors should also bear in mind that the issue will be published in November 2020.

     “Education & Theatre” is a peer-reviewed journal for the promotion of research on and practice of drama/theatre and other performing arts in formal and non-formal education and issue 21 is to be published in both English and in Greek by the Hellenic Theatre/Drama & Education Network (TENet-Gr). Guidelines for contributors: “How to submit an Article”

    Greetings from Athens Greece

    nikos  govas

    Editor Education & Theatre Journal


    Περιοδικό «Εκπαίδευση & Θέατρο» - νεώτερα για το τεύχος του 2020

     Αγαπητοί και αγαπητές συνάδελφοι και φίλοι/ες,

    Ο υπεύθυνος της έκδοσης και τα μέλη της συντακτικής επιτροπής του περιοδικού «Εκπαίδευση και Θέατρο» σας απευθύνουν το ακόλουθο σύντομο ενημερωτικό σημείωμα, το οποίο αφορά την επικαιροποίηση των οδηγιών για την υποβολή εργασιών του τεύχους 21 του περιοδικού (έτος έκδοσης 2020),καθώς και την παράταση της προθεσμίας υποβολής άρθρων:  

     Παραμένοντας σταθεροί στους στόχους και τα θεματικά πεδία που το περιοδικό προωθεί, σε μια χρονική περίοδο όπου οι ανατροπές κοινωνικών και πολιτικών αυτονόητων βάζουν σε δοκιμασία την τέχνη του θεάτρου, την εκπαίδευση και κατά μείζονα λόγω τη σχέση του θεάτρου με την εκπαίδευση, φιλοδοξούμε το 21ο τεύχος του περιοδικού να αποτυπώσει, κατά το δυνατόν, τη δυναμική της μετάβασης από την προ της επιδημίας «κανονικότητα» προς το μετά την επιδημία «αδιευκρίνιστο» μέλλον. 

     Για τον σκοπό αυτό θα θέλαμε να φιλοξενήσουμε κείμενα που οι συγγραφείς τους:

    α. έχουν στηρίξει πάνω σε ιδέες, εφαρμογές και δεδομένα που εξελίχθηκαν πριν την επιδημία. Κείμενα, δηλαδή, όπως αυτά που υποβάλλονται ως συνήθως προς κρίση ή η συγγραφή τους έχει ήδη ξεκινήσει,

    ταυτόχρονα ενθαρρύνουμε άρθρα που αποκλειστικά ή συνδυαστικά

    β. αναπτύχθηκαν με βάση ιδέες, εφαρμογές και δεδομένα που εξελίσσονται τώρα, κάτω από την πίεση της κοινωνικής δυναμικής που επιβάλλουν τα μέτρα προσωπικού εγκλεισμού και ψηφιακής επικοινωνιακής διαμεσολάβησης,

    γ. θα στηρίξουν προσεγγίσεις ενός μετά την επιδημία, μέλλοντος.

     Παράταση προθεσμίας υποβολής άρθρων

    Για την επιτυχία αυτού του εγχειρήματος θα θέλαμε να σας ενημερώσουμε ότι η προθεσμία υποβολής κειμένων παρατείνεται μέχρι τις 30 Ιουνίου 2020 και οι συγγραφείς καλό θα ήταν να λάβουν υπόψη τους ότι το τεύχος θα εκδοθεί τον Νοέμβριο του 2020.

     Το Περιοδικό Εκπαίδευση & Θέατρο είναι επιστημονική έκδοση για την προώθηση του θεάτρου, του εκπαιδευτικού δράματος, του θεατρικού παιχνιδιού και των άλλων παραστατικών τεχνών στην εκπαίδευση και το επόμενο τεύχος του θα εκδοθεί στα αγγλικά και ελληνικά από το Πανελλήνιο Δίκτυο για το Θέατρο στην Εκπαίδευση.  Όλα τα άρθρα κρίνονται (ανώνυμα) από διεθνή επιστημονική επιτροπή και ειδικούς επιστημονικούς συνεργάτες. 

    Όροι υποβολής άρθρων


    νικος γκοβας

    Υπεύθυνος Έκδοσης «Περιοδικό Εκπαίδευση & Θέατρο» 


  • 6 Feb 2020 11:20 AM | Robin Pascoe (Administrator)

  • 6 Feb 2020 11:15 AM | Robin Pascoe (Administrator)

    Call for Expressions of Interest for IDEA 2020, July 5 - 9, 
    Beijing Congress:

    Please download the document below to access forms to submit expressions of interest: paper or workshop proposals. Thank you!

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