The International Drama/Theatre and Education Association

Drama Australia represents the interests of Australian drama teachers, academics, applied theatre workers and theatre in education practitioners both within Australia and at an international level. A Director of International Liaison is elected to the Board of Drama Australia and is responsible for establishing and maintaining contact with international drama education associations, communicating international news, activities  and issues of  significance to the members and representing Drama Australia in various international forums including:

  • IDEA (International Drama/Theatre in Education Association)
  • IDEA Asia (our Asia-Pacific regional group that also includes our neighbour association, Drama New Zealand)
  • WAAE (World Alliance of Arts Education)


If you are a member of Drama Australia you are also a member of IDEA. Information about IDEA and its member associations, projects and the IDEA World Congress (held every three years) can be found on the IDEA website.

Other international news and information about projects and conferences in drama education are posted on our web site and more frequent updates are posted on the Drama Australia Facebook and Twitter page.

Currently two Australian drama educators are serving on the Board of IDEA: Robin Pascoe (President) and Richard Sallis (Director of Publications). They are continuing the strong presence that Australia has had within drama education on an international level.

The current Director of International Liaison for Drama Australia is Jo Raphael


IDEA News and Updates

Please Click Here for the April/May 2015 IDEA e-bulletin where you will find all of your international drama news. 

Please Click Here for the letter to members from IDEA President Robin Pascoe re: IDEA Day 2015 Wednesday November 25 themed "Courage to Play"


IDEA Land and Home Project 


A Call for Participation is extended to IDEA members who are experienced theatre artists, teachers, directors, film makers, choreographers, poets, and environmentalists who are interested in this topic and are willing to develop opportunities for communities of people in their respective countries to express their hopes and concerns for the use of the land as it is manifested in their localities. The goal is to provide a means of expression to communities whose voices may not be heard through the global media and who may not usually express themselves through artistic means. These would include older people as well as young people, and their relationship to the land they live on may be as varied as the countries from which they come.

Through the development and sharing of these various projects, the international team of leaders should document, reflect, and explore how the act of artistic expression could make a difference in the lives of the people in these communities. Can the act of sharing these concerns between people from a variety of countries help to strengthen their voices, and grant them a hearing in the global conversation?


Those of you who are interested in having your project considered to represent the IDEA Land and Home project at the Congress in 2016, please see the attached application form and submit it as an attachment to the email address on the form by June 30, 2014. This will help IDEA in our fund raising efforts. Translations in French, Spanish, and Chinese will soon be available. 

IDEA Land and Home Application Form