Theatro EDU

International Conference 2008

Theatre & Education at Centre Stage

Hellenic Theatre/Drama & Education Network,
in partnership with IDEA-International Drama/Theatre & Education Association,
Ministry of Education-International Relations, General Secretariat for Youth-Greek Ministry of Education,
University departments from Greece and abroad and other scientific, educational and artistic institutions.


2008 Conference Working Groups

All presentations in 2008 Conference will take place in four Working Groups, as brief statements and discussions between the participants, instead of the usual presentation-monologues. Discussion in the Working Groups aims at giving the opportunity to the participants (academics, artists, educators and educational and cultural policy planners) to be part of more substantial dialogue and exchange views and experiences of "good practice". The participants will contribute with opinions-suggestions stemming from theory and research or with conclusions drawn by implementation of projects.

The duration of each Working Group is 2,5 hours and among that participants are: a coordinator, who will coordinate the process and pose the questions, a reporter, who will present the main points of the discussions at the closing of the conference in the final plenary session and the speakers-commentators who will give a brief statement that relates to the thematic of the group. Additionally, all conference attendees who participate in each group can contribute with suggestions and observations.

Saturday 29th March 2008


WORKING GROUP 1: Theatre/Drama and Formal Education
Patrice Baldwin, theatre/drama educator, Chair of National Drama, UK (Coordinator)
Steven Clark, English and Theatre Studies teacher, IDEA Director of Projects, ANRAT International Officer, France (Reporter)
Ömer Adıgüzel, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Ankara University, Turkey
Alkistis, Associate Professor, Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Thessaly, Hellas
Ismail Güven, Associate Professor, Social Studies Teaching, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Ankara University, Turkey
Andy Kempe, Senior Lecturer, Institute of Education, University of Reading, UK
May Kokkidou (M.ed, PhD), musician, music educator, kindergarten teacher, special scientist and researcher at the Department of Elementary Education, University of Western Macedonia, Hellas &
Panayota Hatzikamari, teacher, playing-through-theatre animator, Hellas
Panayota Kotarinou, mathematics teacher, MA in Mathematics Teaching, Hellas,
Despina Koutli, physics teacher, responsible of school library, Hellas &
Natassa Chrysanthaki-Apostolopoulou, Greek language teacher, MA in Educational Process, Hellas
Lakis Kouretzis, educator, director, author, playing-through-theatre animator
Shifra Schonmann, Professor, Laboratory for Research in Theatre-Drama Education, Faculty of Education, University of Haifa, Israel
Mirka Yementzaki, director, Hellas


WORKING GROUP 2: Theatre in Education: Research & Practice
John Somers, Honorary Fellow, Sch. of Performing Arts, Exeter University, UK (Coordinator)
Antigone Parousi, Lecturer, Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Athens, Hellas (Reporter) &
Vassilis Tselfes, Associate Professor, Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Athens, Hellas
Andrea Copeliovitch, PhD, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
János Deme, Lecturer, University of Pécs, researcher, Káva Cultural Group, Hungary
Helen Nicholson, Reader in Drama & Theatre, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
Anna-Lena Østern, Professor of Arts Education, Department of Teacher Education, The Norwegian University of Technology and Science, NTNU, Norway
Ross Prior, Principal Lecturer, University of Northampton, UK,
Dimitris Sarris, music teacher, Special School ELEPAP, Agrinio, PhD candidate, CMC Department, Panteion University, Hellas
Alivizos Sofos, Assistant Professor, Aegean University, Hellas,
Maria Kladaki, tutor, Aegean University, Hellas &
Despina Georgiadou, Elementary School teacher, Hellas
Asterios Tsiaras, visiting Professor in the Department of Theatre Studies, University of Peloponnese, Primary Education teacher, Hellas
Takis Tzamargias, director, Primary Education Department, University of Athens, Hellas

Sunday 30th March 2008


WORKING GROUP 3: Theatre, Education and Socio-Cultural changes
Giorgos Moschos, Deputy Ombudsman, Head of Children’s Rights Dept., Hellas (Coordinator)
David Pammenter, Principal Lecturer, University of Winchester, UK (Reporter)
Stig Eriksson, Associate Professor, Bergen University College, Norway
Fokion Georgiadis, Primary School teacher, MA in Comparative Education (Intercultural Education), Institute of Education, University of London, PhD candidate, IOE, University of London, Hellas &
Apostolos Zisimos, Primary School teacher, MA in Primary Education, London Brunel University, PhD candidate, PTDE, University of Thessaloniki, Hellas
Betty Giannouli, Secondary School teacher, sociologist, Hellas &
Anna Tsichli-Boissonnas, theatre director, theatrologist, University of Peloponnese, Hellas
Marios Liagis, RE teacher, PhD candidate, Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Hellas 
Eleni Makrogianni, dramatherapist, Hellas &
Gianna Rakla, therapist, vocational guidance councellor, Center of Independence of Drug Abuse “18 ANO” – Dept. “School”, Hellas
John O’ Toole, Professor, Arts Education, University of Melbourne, Australia
Marcia Pompeo-Nogueira, State University of Santa Catarina, Brazil
Tríona Stokes, Lecturer in Drama Education, Froebel College of Education, Ireland
Constantina Ziropoulou, philologist, PhD in Theatre Studies, Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, member of the Board of Hellenic Centre of International Theatre Institute, Hellas 


WORKING GROUP 4: Arts & Education: Policies & Priorities
Larry O’Farrell, Professor, Drama & Arts Education, Queen’s University, Canada (Coordinator)
Nikos Paizis, researcher, Labour Institute (INE) of Greek Workers Federation (GSEE), Hellas (Reporter)
Maria Argiriou, Music Education teacher, President of Primary Education Music Teachers Association, Hellas
Dan Baron-Cohen, President of IDEA, Chair of the World Alliance for Arts Education, member of the International Committee of the World Social Forum,
Nikos Govas, President of Board of the Hellenic Theatre/Drama & Education Network (TENet-Gr), Hellas
Arian Kotsi, film director, scriptwriter, Head of the Educational Programmes Dept. of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Hellas
Tadeusz (Tadek) Lewicki, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Social Communication Sciences, Pontifical Salesian University, Rome &
Angela Marchese, Assistant Lecturer, “La Sapienza” University, Rome, Italy
Heraklis Logothetis, director of the Greek National Centre of Theatre & Dance, Hellas
Stathis Markopoulos, President of UNIMA-Hellas (Puppet Association)
Xanthoula Papapanagiotou, President of Greek Society for Music Education (member of ISME), Hellas
Joachim Reiss, theatre teacher, President of the German National Association for Drama/Theatre in Education (BVDS), Germany
Triantafyllos Tranos, painter, arts educator, Secondary Education Teachers Union (ELME), Hellas