The International University Theatre Association was established at Université de Liège (Belgium) in 1994 to develop and promote recognized post-secondary activity in theatre training, creation, research and theoretical and practical research, throughout the world, at the level of university or higher studies. The IUTA is present in every continent and has members in over fifty countries.
Designed by and for people from universities and other types of post-secondary learning institutions, the IUTA is a unique forum where teachers, practitioners, creators, scholars and theorists can share discoveries and discuss common concerns. The IUTA provides a space for both exchanges and services (through the presence of festival organizers), and is open to all members of the academic community with an interest in theatre. The IUTA holds a World Congress every two years.
The aim of the international Association of University Theatres is to develop and promote university theatre worldwide. ‘University theatre’, in this context, means any theatrical activity carried out within higher and tertiary education institutions, as training, creative or research activities, either theoretical or practical.
Aware of the role theatre plays in fostering dialogue and understanding between cultures, the association promotes exchanges and collaboration between university theatres (be it spontaneous student theatre, assisted, vocational or professional work) as well as contacts with amateur and professional theatres.
The association, rich in its diversity, will not tolerate political, national, linguistic, racial, religious, sexual or any other kind of discrimination.
Founded on the principle of solidarity and cooperation the IUTA is an independent network open equally to all its members according to their individual circumstances.
Creating the International Association of Theatre at University (IATU), Development tool of university theatre.
The mission of the IUTA will be the following :