ITI/UNESCO Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts


The ITI/UNESCO Network Secretariat’s primary objective is to facilitate cooperation and exchange between the member institutions of the Network. It relays initiatives, applications and other information to the President and the Board for decision-making. It releases all official Network news, assists Network members in the creation and production of Network Projects, and sometimes creates its own Network events in the guise of Student Festivals or Academic Conferences.

The ITI/UNESCO Network Secretariat is carried out by the General Secretariat of the International Theatre Institute (ITI). It is located in Jing´an District, Shanghai, China. Please feel free to contact the Secretariat for any Network related enquiry you have: secretariat(at)



LOU Yan has obtained her BA in English Education from Shanghai International Studies University and MA in Translation and Interpretation from City University of Hong Kong. Since 2014 she has been working full-time at International Cooperation Office of Shanghai Theatre Academy (STA) as the project coordinator and translator. She was involved in several International art festivals as the interpreter of STA delegation, such as The Holland Festival, International Nisville Jazz Theatre Festival, International Festival of BRICS Countries Theatre Schools, etc.

She also works for ITI/UNESCO Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts. As a Network coordinator, her duty is to help organize Network events and activities and to communicate between ITI, STA and other Network members.

DU Mengxuan
Project Officer

DU Mengxuan (Annie) obtained her BA degree in Communications and Culture at Fordham University (New York), where she dedicated herself to Cultural Studies. She is experienced in stage performances, film productions, and event organizations. With a strong passion for the performing arts, she joined the General Secretariat Team of the International Theatre Institute in 2020.

For the ITI/UNESCO Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts, she is a Project Officer working on the administrative tasks of the Network and the preparation and execution of Network events and activities.

Georges FAVRAUD, PhD

Georges Favraud is a French cultural anthropologist and a teacher of Chinese bodily techniques (martial arts, breathing exercises, meditation). His academic research concerns traditional Chinese knowledges and practices, intangible cultural heritage, social interactions, local networks, and contemporary social change.

After having worked in France and China in higher education institutions (CNRS, CEFC, Paris-Nanterre University), he currently teaches Sinology and Anthropology at Toulouse University (South-West of France). He also teaches Taijiquan and Daoyin in local associations, and gives courses in teacher training programmes in France, Belgium and Switzerland.