ITI/UNESCO Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts


Together with the President and the Secretary the Board is the legitimate decision-taking centre of the ITI/UNESCO Network between General Assemblies. Its members are elected by the General Assembly and should represent the diversity of world cultures. Board members are proactive in the ITI/UNESCO Network and often responsible for Project Groups.


Daniel BAUSCH, Switzerland

Vice-dean and Head of Continuing Education and Support Services to the territory, Professor of improvisation theater

After graduating from the Dimitri Theatre Academy, he passed the acting exam at the Zentralstelle für Bühnen- und Fernsehberufe Institute in Germany. He also received training in the teaching of the Feldenkrais method.

He has worked as an actor in various theatres throughout Europe: he has been on world tour for five years with the tour company Ton und Kirschen Wandertheater, in Berlin he worked with the Berliner Ensemble and the Deutsche Oper, especially together with the director Achim Freyer. He acted at the Teatro Stabile in Brescia under the direction of Italian director Cesare Lievi. He has also produced numerous musical plays in collaboration with the University of Music of Lugano. For the 2014/15 season he was responsible for the programming of the Teatro Dimitri. Since 2012 he has been Vice-Dean of the Academy.

"The Network is important to connect theatre education Institutes and to confront different principles, methods and ways of teaching. The Network should also generate a new generation of young performing art artists, who will believe in the importance of ITI."

Alvaro Andrés FRANCO RODRIGUEZ, Colombia

Alvaro Franco is part of the Coordinating Committee of the Red de Escuelas de Teatro de Colombia RET (https://www.retcolombia.org/) and Academic Coordinator of the Drama Department of the Universidad Central (https://www.ucentral.edu.co/fcsha/departamento-arte-dramatico). He has a degree in Social Communication and after he graduated from the Teatro Libre Actor´s School, he has worked as an actor in several productions of different Colombian Theatre Groups and Theatre Companies, such as Teatro R 101, La Compañia Estable, La Gata Cirko, La Barracuda Carmela and Teatro Libre. For a brief time he was stage director for opera projects within the Universidad Central. He has also worked with Teatro Libre and other institutions in their field of productions.

He is teacher of Cultural Management and Stage Production at the Universidad Central and also he is the coordinator of the Drama Undergraduate National Tour Project since 2007. Since 2012 he has been the Academic Coordinator of the Universidad Central Drama Department and a member if the Coordinating Committee of the RET.

"In simple words the Network could tell the theatre schools that they are not alone. In different parts of the world we find different versions of the same problems the we encounter and together we can try to find its solutions, like when we work together in the stage."

Assisted by Luis Manuel LLERENA DIAZ

General Director of the “Instituto Universitario de Danza Alicia Alonso-Universidad Rey Juan Carlos” since 2000. (“Alicia Alonso” Universitary Dance Institute), also Professor of the Institution’s degree Higher Degree in Dance (Choreography and Performance of Dance and Pedagogy of Dance). Director of the Universitary Degree Visual Arts and Dance (Specializations in Spanish Dance, Classical Dance, Contemporary Dance, Acrobatic Dance and Circus Arts, and Dance Theatre). Director of the Master’s Degree in Performing Arts of the “Instituto Universitario de Danza Alicia Alonso-Universidad Rey Juan Carlos”. Member of the Executive Council of the International Theatre Institute (ITI). President of the International Dance Committee of ITI. President of Spanish Centre of ITI. Honorary President of the 35th ITI World Congress. President of the First Research in Performing Arts World Congress, organized by the Alicia Alonso Dance Foundation, Spanish Center of ITI, at the National Museum Art Center Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain. Lecturer of Dance Anthropology and History, Cultural Management and Production (2000 until today), "Alicia Alonso" University Dance Institute University Rey Juan Carlos. Presidency Government of Spain: Counselor for Culture and Education President’s Office. (2004/2011). Coordinator of the National Support Programme for Classical Dance. Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Culture and Council of Fuenlabrada (2008-2011). Lecturer of the Master's Degree in Cultural Management. University of Salamanca, Spain. Technical Advisor for the script of the documentary “Alicia Alonso nació para que no muriera Giselle" [Alicia Alonso was born so that Giselle would not die]- Serie imprescindibles of RTVE Radio Televisión Española (2010). “Alicia Alonso" Director Chair of Dance (1992-1999). Universidad Complutense de Madrid

“Alicia Alonso" Director Chair of Dance (1997-1999), University of Alicante. Delegate of the Rector for the European Higher Art Education Area (2005-2017), Univ. Rey Juan Carlos.

Secretary General of the Spanish Fashion Association (1991-1992).
Member of the Sector Commission of Culture of the Autonomous Region of Madrid (2007-2010). Member of the Board of Governors of the International Arts Fund (2005-2017). Advisor to the Latin American New Cinema Foundation. Havana, Cuba.(1998-2017). Director of the Centre for Development of the Cuban Fund of Cultural Assets (1987-1989). Guest Lecturer of the Higher Institute of Foreign Trade, Havana, Cuba (1986-1989). Director of the National Centre for Environmental Design. Cuban Fund of Cultural Assets (1985-1988). Principal Auditor, Ministry of Culture, Republic of Cuba. Directorate-General of Audits and Systems (1982-1985). Adviser to the First Vice-Minister of Culture (artistic education, theatre, dance and shows and varieties) (1980-1982). Vice-Director of Economy. Provincial Government. City of Havana. Director of the Department of Economy, Budgets and Planning. Provincial Government. City of Havana (1977-1980).

“The Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts of ITI/UNESCO is a strong and necessary international space of encounter for the promotion and consecution of the performing arts institutions aims and of the people they represent, teachers, students, managers in these fields, to give the visibility, sharing, support, and solutions they need to bring and let performing arts live in the higher education environments”.

Luis Manuel LLERENA DIAZ, Spain
Assistant of Alberto GARCÍA CASTAÑO

Secretary General of the Chair of Dance “Alicia Alonso”, University of Alicante (1995). He is Secretary General of the higher education in performing arts institution “Instituto Universitario de Danza Alicia Alonso, University Rey Juan Carlos”, in Madrid, Spain, since 2001. Vice-President of the Spanish Center of ITI. Coordinator of the Master’s Degree Management and Leadership of Cultural Projects of the “Instituto Universitario de Danza Alicia Alonso, University Rey Juan Carlos”.
He teaches in different fields of knowledge in the Higher Degree in Dance (Choreography and Performance of Dance and Pedagogy of Dance) and the Universitary Degree Visual Arts and Dance (Specializations in Spanish Dance, Classical Dance, Contemporary Dance, Acrobatic Dance and Circus Arts, and Dance Theatre), and also as Professor in the Master’s Degrees such as research methodologies, new technologies applied to the performing arts, author’s design, cultural project’s management and production, among others. Among his activities as lecturer he has presented “Competencies development in the artistic teaching” (European Space of Higher Education, Conservatoire of Granada, Spain, 2011); Series of lectures on “Higher Artistic Training within the framework of the European Space of Higher Education”(Dance and Music conservatoires of Madrid, Murcia, Sevilla, Córdoba, Almería, A Coruña, Granada, Santander, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Málaga); “Research in Performing Arts. Statistical Approach” (Conservatoire of Cádiz, 2009); “Marketing and Performing Arts” (Barcelona, 2003); “Profile of Multiple Intelligences: a study with dancers from the Mersin University State Conservatoire”, First Research in Performing Arts World Congress (October, 2019). He has collaborated with the Corvinus University in Budapest, the Catholic University of Santo Domingo, the Latin American University of Santo Domingo, the Independent National University of Santo Domingo in subjects related to the collaboration in the development of an European-Caribbean Higher Space, ACP Projects Group. Also has leaded the group of the Spanish Center of ITI and Alicia Alonso Dance Foundation as Partner in the Creative Europe Program’s project Legends on circular ruins (archaeological sites + performing arts + communities) as part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 leaded by Astragali Teatro (Italy).


Derek Goldman is Chair of the Department of Performing Arts and Director of the Theater & Performance Studies Program at Georgetown University and Professor of Theater & Performance Studies with a joint appointment in the Walsh School of Foreign Service as Professor of Global Performance, Culture and Politics. He is Founding Director of the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, based in the School of Foreign Service, which he co-founded with Ambassador Cynthia Schneider in 2012 with a mission "to harness the power of performance to humanize global politics" (www.globallab.georgetown.edu). In 2015 he was honored to receive the prestigious President's Award for Distinguished Scholar- Teachers.

He is an award-winning stage director, playwright, producer, adapter, developer of new work, teacher, and published scholar, whose artistic work has been seen around the country, Off- Broadway and at numerous major regional theaters, as well as internationally. From 2007-2016, he served as Artistic Director of the Davis Performing Arts Center at Georgetown. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), and co-creator of the Global Theatre Initiative, which promotes cross-cultural collaboration and cultivates new strategies to maximize the global theatre field’s opportunities and impact. His engagement in the convergence between global performance and politics has taken his work in recent years to the Sudan, China, Poland, South Africa, Australia, Russia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Peru, Bulgaria, Armenia, Chile, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, France, New Zealand, and throughout the UK, and into collaborations with artists from Iraq, Pakistan, Belarus, Israel, Afghanistan, Palestine, the Congo, Czechoslovakia, India, Serbia, Sweden, Germany, the Philippines, Uganda, among other places. He is the recipient of numerous awards and major grants, including as Principal Investigator on grants from the Doris Duke Foundation and the Association of Performing Arts Presenters for Myriad Voices: A Cross-Cultural Performance Festival, a two-year festival engaging with Islamophobia, as well as major grants from the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and others.

He is the author of more than 30 professionally produced plays and adaptations, including work published by Samuel French and produced internationally, and he has directed over 90 productions around the world. He received his Ph. D. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University.

"I deeply value how this network brings students and faculty/ artists together from around the world to share and exchange their approaches in a respectful, collaborative and non-hierarchical way, in which all approaches are valued. I think these relationships we form and the exchanges we make across geographic and cultural boundaries are essential not only to the future of the artform and the field but to the world."

GONG Baorong, China

Gong Baorong is currently head of the International College of Shanghai Theatre Academy. He served this later institution as vice president in charge of international exchanges for about eight years.

After his graduation from Fudan University, he was enrolled by Central Academy of Drama as MA student through national examinations. He was sent to France by the Chinese government and continued to his studies of French theatre at Université de Provence, Unversité de Paris Sorbonne nouvelle. He has obtained a DEA degree at the fisrt and a Ph.D. at the second. Since he returned to China, he has become professor at Shanghai Theatre Academy, teaching Western theatre history, French contemporary theatre, analyse of drama and theatre, etc. During his term of office as vice president, he was very active in the field of international cooperation with foreign institutions such as International Theatre Institute ITI-UNESCO, Asian-Pacific Bound of Theatre Schools, Piccolo Theatre, Berlin Free University, GITIS etc. The impact of STA’s Shanghai International Experimental Theatre Festival has been enhanced significantly.

"Since the differences between Eastern and Western theatres are enormous, I do hope that through exchanges of artists and scholars initiated and promoted by the Network, peoples and artists in the world could understand better others’ performing arts and cultures. By this, more and more artistic works could be created by artists of the new generation and appreciated and beloved by the whole world."

Dr. Professor, Levan KHETAGURI (Georgia)

International expert in Theatre Studies, Higher Arts Education, Cultural Policy, Cultural Research. Invited international expert in EU Eastern Partnership Cultural Program. Founder member of EC world traditional theatre forum.
He is Director and Professor of Arts Research Institute of Georgia and Director of Gurdjieff Tbilisi Institute, Ex-Chair of adviser’s board of Eastern European Partnership culture program. He is member of different international institutions, advisers and scientific boards. Invited professor of Georgian Polytechnic University.

Since 1997 Secretary General of ITI Georgian National Centre and Director of the European Theatre Research Institute in Georgia. Member of FIRT. 1997 Member of Gulliver /European Intellectuals Network/.
Since 2006 Bologna Expert in Higher Arts education, Quality Assurance. Author of various curriculums and educational frames for BA,MA and PhD levels. International Consultant for Bologna Reforms and Quality Assurance in Higher Arts Education.
2004-2010 He was vice Rector of Theatre and Film State University.
Since 2007 supervisor of MA and PhD programs.2016-2017 research expert for UNESCO CDIS research.
He is the chair of academic council of the magazine Arts Theory and Practice Studies and representative of European Festivals Association in South Caucasus- head of EFFE Hub.
As practitioner since 1990 he runs several hundreds of local and international projects as initiator, manager, producer or participant.

Levan Khetaguri is a president of Stichting Caucasus Foundation /The Netherlands/.
Since 1981 author of over 80 publications /editor and translator/ in the magazines and newspapers (Georgian, Russian, English, Polish, German, Azerbaijanian, Chinese, Slovak etc) about performing arts. Author of several books (French Theatre, Austrian Theatre, UK drama, Grotowski, Kantor, Gurdjieff, World theatre history etc). In 2000 was awarded by Swedish Writers Guild. Since 2008 member of European Cultural Parliament and strategic group of A Soul for Europe movement. Since 2008 Secretary General of Georgian Regional Theatre Network and since 2011 Secretary General of UNIMA Georgia.

Since 1991 organizer of various cultural programs: seminars, conferences, festivals. Since 1996 as invited professor and expert he gave lectures and workshops (in European and Asian countries) and takes part in different international conferences and symposiums, special courses: World theatre history, Theory of drama, XX century theatre, History of European civilization, intercultural dialogue, visual communication and expression, performing arts management, cultural policy, international cooperation in the arts etc.

"The network is important to develop interdisciplinary research approach, stimulate process of PAHE integration in HE space. More artistic and creative work, good balance of PA history, practice and theory"

Hamadou MANDÉ, Burkina Faso

Dr. Hamadou MANDÉ is professor-researcher in dramatic arts and cultural policies at the University Joseph Ki-Zerbo of Burkina Faso. Director of theater troupe, he also assumes various artistic and associative functions, including the pedagogical director of the Centre for Training and Research in Living Arts (CFRAV), president and artistic director of the International Festival of Theater and Puppetry in Ouagadougou (FITMO), president of the Burkina Faso Centre of ITI, vice-president of the International Theatre Institute (ITI). He is also a member of the Board of the International Stage Arts Network (iSTAN), member of the technical committee and focal point for Burkina Faso of the Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa (OCPA) and member of the Board of Regional Centre for the Living Arts in Africa (CERAV / Africa), a category 2 centre of UNESCO.

Dr. Hamadou MANDE has been involved for many years in training, research, creation and theatrical distribution in Africa. For him, the social art theater and artistic education are important development issues. Director, teacher, festival promoter, researcher and head of artistic associations, Dr. Hamadou MANDE inscribes his action in the versatility and the need of an interaction between the actors of the field of the arts.

"The ITI/UNESCO Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts should be a framework for sharing and innovating artistic practice around the world.
That is why we must work to make it a common home for all practitioners of all origins, a true reflection framework for promoting the values of solidarity, peace and humanism."

Abdelkader GONEGAI, Morocco

Abdelkader Gonegai holds a PhD in Linguistics & Communication from Paris VIII. He has served as either a member or coordinator in different commissions locally and internationally (The high Committee of the Moroccan University Reform; Hannover International Festival of Arabic Theatre).

He is currently the president of Casablanca International Festival of University Theatre and Director of Casablanca International Festival of Video Art.

He has worked as member of jury of different international festivals (Germany, Sudan, Italy and lately Mexico). Abdelkader Gonegai has been Keynote and guest- speaker on Linguistics, Theatre and Cultural Management in many conferences both in Morocco and abroad. He has also contributed, published and edited a good number of articles and books nationally and internationally.

Anatoly POLYANKIN, Russia
Assisted by Dmitry TRUBOCHKIN

Polyankin Anatoly - actor, director, theatre practitioner . 50 years of service in professional theatre organizations in Russia, 33 years as the artistic and administrative director of theatres, 23 years as the director of the State Theatre "Satirikon" named after Arkady Raykin.

Currently, he is the founder and rector of the Higher School of Performing Arts (Moscow), a member of the Union of Theatre Workers of Russia, Acting President of the Russian National MIT UNESCO, President of the Professional Guild of Theatre Managers of Russia.

Pedagogical activity of Anatoly Polyankin: Head of the educational program on the history of theatre management in Russia at the faculty of Theatre, Music and Dance of the University (USA, Anchorage, 1993-1996); from 1999 to 2004 - The author and head of the training program in the specialization "The manager of theatrical services sales" at the School-Studio of the Moscow Art Theatre named after A.P. Chekhov (Moscow), Associate Professor of the Department of Performing Arts in GITIS (Moscow), Associate Professor of the Higher School of Performing Arts, Professor G. G. Dadamyan (Moscow).

Polyankin Anatoly is a Laureate of the National Theatre Prize "The Seagull" in the field of production, was awarded the sign of the Government of the Russian Federation "For great contribution to the development of domestic law" in the field of culture. In his biography, there is more than one theatre built, not only the building and structure, but also his “aura,” the setting that largely determines the creative life of the theatre.

Anatoly Polyankin - author of the idea, creator, director and artistic director of the SAMMI Theatre and Production Association (Russia, Bashkortostan, 1987-1992); The author of the idea, creator, first founder, Director General and artistic director of the Sakhalin International Theatre Centre. A.P. Chekhov (Chekhov Centre), founder of the Sakhalin Theatre College (Sakhalin, 1992-1996); the author of the concept and project, creator, President of the A. Raykin Center for Culture, Art and Leisure (Moscow, since 2008); the author of the idea and the project, the holder of patents for inventions “Higher School of Performing Arts” (patent No. 2360085) and “Open Theater” - a multifunctional technological stage space for mass theatrical performances and open-air festivals (patent No. 2367754).

"We look forward to a new level of international cooperation and exchange.
The network is a unique platform for international exchange of experience in the field of theatre education."

Dmitry TRUBOCHKIN, Russia
Assistant of Anatoly POLYANKIN, Russia

Dmitry Trubotchkin is Doctor of Sciences in Art Studies, Professor of Theatre Studies; he is Vice-rector at the Graduate School of Performing Arts; Head of Department of the European Classical Art at the State Institute for Art Studies; and also Assistant of the Artistic Director of the Vakhtangov Theatre in Moscow. He is a member of the Board of the Theatre Union of Russian Federation and the Head of the Section on Art Studies of the Russian Fund for Basic Research.

He has published extensively (in Russian, English and Italian) and presented at conferences and public lectures around the world on European classical theatre and on contemporary Russian theatre. His monographs, in Russian, include: Ancient Greek Theatre (Moscow, 2016); Rimas Tuminas: Moscow Productions (Moscow, 2015); Understanding the Theatre of Arkadiy Raikin (Мoscow, 2011); Ancient Literature and Dramaturgy (Moscow, 2010); Roman Palliata in Action (Moscow, 2005).

He was awarded by the Russian Natonal TV Award “TEFI” (2009) for the series of TV programmes on the arts “The Colour of Time” where he acted as TV presenter; he also acted as TV presenter and speaker in the series of TV programmes on the contemporary performance arts «Critic» for which he was awarded by the National Award of Cinema Critics and Cinema Press «White Elephant» (2016). He is the winner of the Moscow Award in Literature and Arts (2018) and of a few other professional awards including the Silver Medal «For Consolidation of Authority of Russian Science».

"The Network provides an excellent, very effective international platform for sharing expertise, professionalism and experience in theatre education. It helps a lot to widen the vision of contemporary performance arts and to develop, together with students and colleagues, towards new ideas of knowledge."

Christine SCHMALOR, Germany

After studying in Berlin and USA, Christine Schmalor worked as a freelance director until she turned to practical research of acting methods and teaching.

Together with Dr. Jurij Alschitz, she founded the International Theatre Centre AKT-ZENT in 1995 in Berlin, today known as the World Theatre Training Institute AKT-ZENT / ITI.

As programme director since 1995, she develops and conducts European and international collaborative theatre research programmes; currently “ALthatthatre” introducing Hybrid Theatre Training, “The World Theatre Training Library / Laboratory”, and the M.A. programme “Teaching Professional Theatre Practice”.

As researcher, she is responsible for the curriculum development of this Master Degree and the methodological documentation of the Institute’s work results. She built one of the first hybrid theatre platform for online education launched in 2017.

As trainer, she teaches in the Team of Teachers of the European Association for Theatre Culture (EATC), and at various academies.

As editor, she launched „ars incognita” which publishes theatre teaching books, with the aim of creating a forum for practical theatre research. Editor of the teaching handbooks of Jurij Alschitz.

As networker for cultural affairs, Christine Schmalor served first as vice-president, and later from 2004-2011 as president of the ITI – Theatre Education & Training Committee.

As expert, she participated in international congresses on theatre education; was invited as speaker or as adviser for the Bologna Process and as jury-member of international theatre school festivals.