Drama and Theatre

Education Alliance


The Drama and Theatre Education Alliance (DTEA) is an alliance of UK associations working in drama and theatre with, for and by children and young people. Our collective membership includes thousands of individuals, theatres, businesses, schools and universities across the UK.

Our Mission

The three key objectives of the Alliance are:

  1. The inclusion in the curriculum of Drama as a Foundation Subject in the National Curriculum with the same status as Art and Music;

  2. The entitlement of every child to at least one annual engagement with professional theatre.

  3. A drama curriculum and theatre repertoire that is more representative of the UK's diverse population.

The unprecedented challenges for schools, theatres, universities and theatre companies in recent decades led to the coming together of multiple individuals and organisations to launch of the Drama, Theatre and Young People’s Manifesto in 2019, and the subsequent establishment of the Alliance in 2020.


The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement have further sharpened focus on the risks to children’s health and wellbeing when they have limited access to learning experiences that comprise creativity, artistic collaboration and the imagination, and that those opportunities which do exist are not equally available to all sectors of society. It has become evident that the place of drama and theatre throughout the school curriculum should be firmly established as quickly as possible. The case has never been stronger!


The decline in drama and theatre provision has steadily been growing for over decades. Drama has been increasingly marginalised in schools, theatre education departments have been cut, and the numbers of applications for drama teacher training and drama and theatre degree courses have been in sharp decline. Only by investing in drama and theatre in education now can we overcome the effects of the pandemic and secure the thriving theatre industry of the future.


The Drama and Theatre Education Alliance represents a network of leading association to:


  • Create a stronger, coherent and connected lobbying voice for drama and theatre;

  • Present collective responses to government policies;

  • Share information and knowledge concerning developments in individual associations, in order to be better informed;

  • Agree and implement strategies that will raise the profile of learning through drama and theatre in schools and theatres.

Our Members:
Key Supporters
  • Theatre Workout visit site

  • UK Education