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.

LU Yankun
Project Officer

LU Yankun was born in China. She attained a Bachelor's degree from the China Conservatory of Music (Beijing), followed by a Master's degree from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music (Shanghai), both in Arts Management. She won several scholarships for her excellent academic performance. One of her greatest passions is piano, which she has played and studied for nearly 20 years, giving her a deep understanding of, and interest in, the performing arts.

Yankun has been a member of the International Theatre Institute's General Secretariat team since 2018, where she has held a position of Administrative and Project Officer. For the ITI/UNESCO Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts, she is an Administrator in which her roles include the maintenance of Network materials as well as the preparation and execution of Network events and activities.

Project Officer

Tom Johnson was born and raised in the United Kingdom. He studied English and Philosophy at the University of Liverpool where he won awards for essay writing and cultivated an interest in culture and the arts. In 2016 he moved to Shanghai, China, as an English teacher, and shortly thereafter joined the International Theatre Institute at their headquarters in the city.

He has been working full-time as a Project Officer for ITI since 2017, where he oversees ITI's written content and contributes to the organization of their global events. A key aspect of his role, and one which he relishes, is the work he carries out for the ITI/UNESCO Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts. As a Network Project Officer, it is his duty to be a point of contact for all the members as well as get involved in the creation 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.