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Our members are national associations working in drama and theatre for, with and by children and young people. Collectively we have many thousands of members, including indivdual teachers, artists, practitioners and educators; arts and cultural organisations; and educational institutions.

Steve Ball: Chair

Dr Steve Ball, is Associate Director at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre where he leads on learning and participation. He trained as a teacher and taught in Essex and Barcelona before training as an actor at the Welsh College of Music and Drama. He worked for a number of children's theatre and theatre in education companies and moved to Birmingham in 1986 where he founded Language Alive! one of the region's leading  educational theatre companies. He has also been employed  as a writer and producer for BBC Education, lectured at universities in the US and Australia and was Head of Arts for Birmingham City Council from 2001 to 2003. Steve has contributed to a number of journals and books, has an MA in Arts Management and a doctorate in Theatre in Health  Education.  Steve was the National Participation Co-ordinator  for  the award winning project with artist Jeremy Deller and the National Theatre and was Executive Producer of ON THE EDGE, the ASSITEJ World Festival of Theatre for Young Audiences, held in Birmingham in July 2016. 

Action For Children's Arts visit site

Cultural Learning Alliance visit site

As a member of the Cultural Learning Alliance, Adam Milford (the founder and Creative Director of Theatre Workout, the leading workshop producer in London's West End), is a founding member of the DTEA. The Alliance presents a valuable opportunity to unify multiple voices as it advocates for the importance of drama and creative learning within all aspects of education.

Education Young People's Forum visit site

A collaboration between the SOLT (Society for London Theatre) and Mousetrap Theatre Projects

London Drama visit site

London Theatre Consortium visit site


NATD (National Association for the Teaching of Drama) visit site


NAYT (National Association of Youth Theatres) visit site

"The National Association of Youth Theatres is committed to playing a role in this alliance to continue in our role in supporting children and young people to have access to quality drama and theatre experiences. We recognise that these experiences must take place both in and outside the formal education environment and we are proud to act as a voice for the informal sector in these ongoing conversations."

National Drama visit site



PYA England (a sub-group of Assitej UK) visit site


SCITED (Standing Committee in Teaching of Education Drama)

UK Education

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