The International Theatre Institute is considered one of the largest performing arts centers in the world. It was founded in 1948, and was initiated by the first UNESCO Director General, Sir Julian Hexley and the playwright, JB Priestly. It was initiated right after the Second World War and at the beginning of the Cold War, where the Iron Curtain divided the East and the West.
The aim of this organization was to build a platform that aligned with UNESCO’s ideals on culture, education and the performing arts, which focuses on improving the status of performing arts and its members.
The vision of the organization was to create a platform for international exchange and engaging in the education of the performing arts, for both beginners and for professionals alike. This space is also used by performers for mutual understanding and peace.
The International Theatre Institute, ITI, is the world’s largest performing arts organization, which was founded in 1948, by theatre and dance experts along with UNESCO. It strives for a society where performing arts and artists thrive and flourish. ITI achieves UNESCO’s goals of mutual understanding and peace which advocates protection and promotion of cultural expression. This is regardless of age, gender, creed and ethnicity. It also works in international and national areas of performing arts education, international exchanges and collaboration and youth exchange.
ITI envisions a world that puts a strong value and importance to the performing arts sector.
· It presents a world where artists are able to present their creative ideas to audiences.
· It shows a world where local, regional and national authorities, including sponsors and donors, who invest in Performing arts and fund organizing institutions and artists in the fields of music, theatre and drama.
· It presents and envisions a world where education and techniques of the performing arts and all related subjects are taught on all levels: from primary to high school and university.
· It envisions a world where theatre is used in communities, for development, mutual understanding and building peace amongst the conflicted areas of the world.
· It shows a world where diverse cultures and expression are safeguarded.
1. ITI/ UNESCO Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts:
The ITI/ UNESCO Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts is a joint initiative with more than 40 higher education and research institutions. It focuses on higher education in the performing arts including theatre, drama, dance, musical theatre, playwriting and all other disciplines.
It is overseen by an executive board from its member institutions, which is voted by the members of the Network. This is coordinated by ITI’s General Secretariat from Shanghai.
· Make education of the performing arts accessible to all demographics of students regardless of their socio-economic condition.
· To promote professional education for performing arts all around the world.
· To exchange knowledge and methodologies for education in the performing arts.
· To initiate collaboration with the Network
· To advocate peace and mutual understanding with the performing arts
· To create and designate intangible heritage with the performing arts.