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Welcome to the home of the Association for Drama in Education in Ireland
Proud  affiliates of IDEA Europe, IDEA International and IDIERI.

ounded in 1999, the ADEI provides a forum which aims to support those who are interested in using Drama in various educational settings in Ireland, through workshops, conferences and resources.

The Association for Drama in Education is a voluntary professional organisation with a committee composed of people whose educational specialisation and expertise are in Educational Drama.  Between us we teach at all levels - Primary, Secondary, Third level, Communities or any teaching and learning setting.

Our principal aims are
a) to encourage and promote the use of Drama in Education (DIE) as methodology and as art  form
b)  to engage in activities which promote an understanding of drama and to liaise with other drama and educational organisations in this endeavour
c) to provide a forum for people engaged in drama to share their experiences and to support one another.

In support of these aims, ADEI normally holds three DIE events during the academic year. Facilitators with a proven (and often international) record in the field of DIE are invited to conduct workshops which are open to all who are interested in the work.

ADEI has recently begun to develop its research role which is aimed at supporting those engaged in or about to embark on research in DIE.

ADEI is affililiated with IDEA and IDEA Europe.

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Details of ADEI's next event announced. 'BEHIND THE BARRICADES' Drama Workshop on the 1916 Rising, November 7th @ The United Arts Club. Click here for the flyer!

NAYD'S National Youth Theatre
to present the premiere of Carmel Winters' Salt  Mountain at Project Arts Centre August 2015. Click here for details.

The new Arts in Education Portal launches at Dublin Castle on May 19th. Check out http://artsineducation.ie/

ADEI featuring in this months InTouch Magazine.
Click here for the full version of Susan Kennedy-Killian's fantastic drama lesson 'Detectives' for learners with SEN as published earlier this month in InTouch. Susan and her colleague Elaine will be leading our workshop on February 28th at Trinity College Dublin. Don't forget to check our our resources section launched last year for more excellent drama lesson ideas.

ADEI's next workshop now booking!
'Drama for Learners with Special Educational Needs (SEN)'
Drama-in-Education Workshop for Teachers of Children with SEN
led by Susan Kennedy-Killian and Elaine Clotworthy
Saturday 28 February 9:30-1:30 at Trinity College Dublin

Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards will take place in 2015. Click the link for details, how to enter and to access a host of great resources for teachers.

InTouch Magazine teams up with the ADEI to publish a series of drama lesson plans. Check them out here on our website including the October issue's feature 'The Enchanted Deer' by Annie Ní Bhreacháin and 'World War II- Creating the Context' by  Deirdre O' Dwyer to feature in next month's issue.

1916: HOME: 2016 invites preliminary proposals for multidisciplinary creative and research projects relating to 1916-2016, and its lesser-known histories. For more information on this exciting opportunity click here to see the following flyer.

Saturday 4th October saw a fantastic days workshop with Pamela Bowell on Drama and Literacy. Check out some images taken on the day on our facebook page. Details of Pamela's work can be found on www.pamelabowell.com

The ADEI joins twitter! Click here and build up our followers.

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