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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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October 2016

We are delighted to be having Erika Piazzoli back following our very successful workshop in Trinity College in February. We will host a workshop again exploring Drama and Language Learning this time in collaboration with NUI Galway on Saturday 1st of October

Full details and a link to our flyer can be found in our events section here. Bookings to dramaadei@gmail.com

JUNE 2016

Summer Course at St. Patricks College July 2016 (DCU)  'Drama, Embodiment and Education- beginning with the teacher'. Click here for details.

Feb 2016

Our next workshop will take place on Saturday 27th February 2016. The workshop will be led by Erika Piazzoli and will explore
Drama and Language Learning. The workshop will be held at  Trinity College Dublin. Get booking now on dramaadei@gmail.com. Click here for full details.

Nov 2015
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!

The new Arts in Education Portal launches at Dublin Castle on May 19th 2015. Check out http://artsineducation.ie/

FEB 2015

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 2015 at Trinity College Dublin. Don't forget to check our our resources section launched last year for more excellent drama lesson ideas.

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

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