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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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Latest News

ADEI announce details of next workshop,
Saturday 4th October 2014  Drama and Literacy Worlshop led by internationally renowned Pamela Bowell. Click here for info.

Friday & Saturday 13th-14th June
IATSE conference at All Hallows Click here for info.

ADEI supports National Volunteering Week May 12th-18th. Get Involved!

The Irish Society for Theatre Research conference
23rd-24th May 2014 at University College Cork. Click here for details and registration

Details on the All Ireland Performing Arts Conference 5th-6th June 2014 Announced 'Hard Questions, Our Answers'  

UCD/ Abbey Theatre Shakespeare Lectures announced. Click here for more information on the free but ticketed programme of lectures and discussions between May 9th and 30th.

UCD Dramasoc present Tom Stoppards Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead. Directed by Rory Crean (Director of the ISDA nominated 'Carthaginians', and the sell-out Inaugural show 'The Woman in Black'), it is shaping up to be one of the most exciting productions of the year. Click here for flyer!

Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control the ADEI event arranged for March 1st 2014
'Innovative Approaches to Text and Watching Theatre' with Alan King has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience caused and will be in touch soon with details of our next event.

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

Belfast Childrens Festival presented by Young at Art details announced click here for more info http://www.belfastchildrensfestival.com/

UCD School of English, Drama and Film hosts Research Seminar Series FEB- APRIL 2014. Click here for details

St Patricks College, Drumcondra hosts Patrick Pearse and the Theatre Symposium November 2013
Click here for further info.

NAYD 2 day training course for Nov 2013 to coincide with the publication of 'Laying the foundations: the youth drama facilitators manual'. Click here for details.

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