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The principal aims of the ADEI 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.


The Association for Drama in Education in Ireland was officially launched by Dorothy Heathcote in Trinity College, Dublin on October 16th. 1999. Her  presence served to emphasise the significance of this event, as  she told delegates that this was the first time  she had been out of England since her 'retirement' over 10 years ago!

Keynote addresses were delivered by Dorothy Heathcote, Cecily O'Neill and Peter O'Driscoll.  Paul Brennan also gave a valuable insight into the NCCA's role in the development of the drama  curriculum at primary school level. Almost 400 delegates were present in Trinity on that day.

The ADEI's first event took place in February 2000 and was entitled 'Language Learning through Drama' incorporating workshops led by Dr. Aine Cregan (Mary Immaculate, Limerick) and Celine Healy.

Past events have included:

NOV 2015  
Behind the Barricades' Exploring the 1916 Easter Rising  led by Jennifer Buggie and Joanne Parkes, hosted by the United Arts Club.

FEB 2015 Drama for Learners with Special Educational Needs' led by Susan Kennedy-Killian and Elaine Clotworthy, hosted by Trinity College Dublin.

'DRAMA AND LITERACY'' led by  Pamela Bowell hosted by Marino Institute of Education.

SEPT 2013
EXPLORING EMOTION IN PROCESS DRAMA A workshop led by Julie Dunn of Griffith University Austrailia and hosted by St. Patricks University, Drumcondra.

FEB 2013 EARLY YEARS EDUCATION DRAMA IDEAS Workshop led by Una McCabe (St. Patricks University & ADEI) and hosted by Marino Institute of Education.

SEPT 2012 DRÁMAÍOCHT DON GHAEILGE AGUS ACROSS THE CURRICULUM a workshop led by Sinéad Ní Ghuidhir (NUI Galway & ADEI) concentrating on how drama can be used to teach aspects of the Irish syllabus.

APRIL 2011 THEM AND US- AN EXPLORATION a workshop led by Eileen Pennington and hosted by Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.

FEB 2011 DRAMA IN EDUCATION AND AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS a workshop led by Dr. Carmel O' Sullivan (Trinity College Dublin) and hosted by Marino Insitiute of Education

NOV 2011 Integrating Learning through Drama, a workshop led by Jane Holden and hosted at St. Patricks University, Drumcondra.

NOV 2010 'The Island' and 'Acquainted with the Night' a workshop geared towards upper primary/ early secondary teachers lead by internationally renowned practitioner Patrice Baldwin and hosted by St. Patricks University, Drumcondra.

FEB 2010 USING COMEDY IN EDUCATIONAL DRAMA workshop led by Joe Winston (University of Warwick) hosted by Queens University Belfast;
A workshop exploring the use of comic conventions as part of a Drama in Education /Process Drama.

The Dramatic Antidote to Reading Round the Class
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