ITI/UNESCO Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts

About the International Theatre Institute ITI

Vision and Aims

The International Theatre Institute ITI, the world’s largest organization for the performing arts, was founded in 1948 on the initiative of the first UNESCO Director General, Sir Julian Huxley, and the playwright and novelist, J.B. Priestley. The organization strives for a society in which the performing arts and their artists thrive and flourish, and advances mutual understanding, creative cooperation and peace. It advocates the protection and promotion of cultural expressions, regardless of age, gender, creed, or ethnicity.

The International Theatre Institute creates and animates platforms for international exchange and for engagement in the education of the performing arts, for beginners, artists and professionals alike. The organization has more than 90 Centres spread across the five continents. Every year, ITI organizes the World Theatre Day and the International Dance Day.

On the initiative of Tobias Biancone, Director General of ITI, with the assistance of academics and ITI members, the ITI/UNESCO Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts was created with assistance in the form of valuable guidance from the UNITWIN department of the Educational Sector of UNESCO. According to the pilot structure unanimously approved by the 2018 General Assembly, the ITI General Secretariat works as the ITI/UNESCO Network’s Secretariat. The Director General of ITI is the President of the ITI/UNESCO Network. The Deputy Director General of ITI is the Secretary of the ITI/UNESCO Network.