IIAN is part of the global ASSITEJ network

ASSITEJ countries should not leave out any children, especially disabled children,  when it comes to creating a portfolio of national work. There must be some opportunities for them to be able to access theatre, and witness people like themselves, creating theatre.

If you’re country is creating little or no work that can include them, or is not encouraging individuals to work for them, then please join the debate in order to change the scene. Let’s all help each other.

All children matter.

IIAN’s Map of Inclusivity.
IIAN, with the support of Rose Bruford College and in partnership with the IIAN International Champions has launched the IIAN Map of Inclusivity.

Click here, and the link to view the map.

IIAN’s Home and Academic Partner, Rose Bruford College .

IIAN is extremely lucky to have Rose Bruford College, UK as an Academic partner. As well as being our physical home, their post graduate students are administering our IIAN Champions programme.

The 2020 cohort are:

MA/MFA Theatre for Young Audiences
Trinity Griffin (USA), Emily Cooper (UK), Robert Wilson (UK), Nishna Mehta (India)

MA/MFA International Theatre and Performance Practice
Caitlin Arndt (USA), Levi Sterling (USA), Huanzhang Zhang (China), Charlotte Lu (China) and Rebecca Cohen (USA)

MA Actor-Musicianship
Erica Flint (UK)

Who can be in a ASSITEJ IIAN Champions group and who is the lead Champion?

It’s down to each ASSITEJ National Centre how they choose their own Champions who will share information between themselves, and then how they choose their lead Disability Champion/s  to pass on information to IIAN. That is all we ask.

As to who is involved, it’s very important to have Disabled artists leading the debate, but the individual artists and companies who dedicate their working lives to creating work with Disabled artists and for Disabled children are equally important in collecting ideas and experience.

Why not aim to have leads from each group?

The job

We ask that you contribute whatever time you can, in order to pass on news (good and bad) from your country, ideally every four months – in order for us to build a world picture and share on our website.

We are all busy and we don’t want huge documents.

Information could be in the form of bullet points with relevant web sites, or short work videos. Were also interested in articles, and research papers, and items to be put forward for the ASSITEJ newsletter.

We would welcome information in English if possible.

Again, how you collect the information is down to you, but we are all volunteers and we have no money to offer, especially being a world network.

Please understand, the position is a voluntary one and there are no fees involved.

Should you wish to attend ASSITEJ festivals or create events in your own country, we ask you to look into grants and awards and find your own funding.

If you would like to be an ASSITEJ IIAN Champion then please contact your National Centre directly. List of National Centre’s can be found here

If you have any questions about the IIAN Champions, please email

Our current IIAN Champions are:

ASSITEJ Member Country

Name/s of Champion

Work position

ARGENTINA Hector Presa Director General del Teatro La Galera
AUSTRALIA Francis Italiano, Michelle Hovan Co-Artistic Directors, Sensorium
BELGIUM Yannick Boudeau CoFounder and President, ASSITEJ Belgium
BRASIL Cleiton Echeveste CBTIJ/ASSITEJ Brasil
COTE d’IVOIRE Ba Gueanena Enoc Anicet Music teacher
CHILE Bebê De Soares Amazons Network Founder, IPAY board member
CANADA Aimee Bouchard Community Programs Manager
CHINA Simeng Kong ASSITEJ China
CUBA Milagros Reyes Trujillo  y Eduardo López González
DENMARK Lars Werner Thomsen Artistic Director, Glad Teater
FINLAND Sanna Kuusisto Dance artist, choreographer and dance teacher
FRANCE Francois Fogel ASSITEJ Fance and ASSITEJ International EC Vice President
ENGLAND Debbie Bandara Artistic Director, Forest-Tribe
ENGLAND Gill Brigg /Ben Fletcher-Watson Academics
EGYPT Mohamed EL Ghawy Director Hakawy International Festival, Ciaro
ESTONIA Reeli Lonks ASSITEJ Estonia
GERMANY Meike Fechner Secretary General, ASSITEJ Germany
HUNGARY JánosNovak Hungary ASSITEJ looking
INDIA Srividya Srinivas Aakaara
IRELAND Phillida Eves Immersive theatre for neurodiverse children, their families and carers.
ISRAEL Sharon Gavrielov A Theater maker who makes relaxed performances and the co-founder & artistic director of “Safe Place”
ITALY Martina Zambelli Teatro La Ribalta work with disabled young people
JAPAN Kentaro Miyamoto Secretary General, ASSITEJ Japan Centre
KOREA Seohyun Lee
LATVIA Varis Klausītājs Laima Helena Mūrniece (visually impaired) and/or Liene Šmukste; a theater director and actress
LITHUANIA Karolina Žernytė Director (corporation) at Theatre of Senses / Pojūčių teatras
MEXICO Eduardo Dominguez Artistic Director of “Seña y Verbo” creation with deaf actors and actresses
NIGERIA Jerry Adesewo Founder/AD AROJAH Royal Theatre, Abuja, Nigeria
NEW ZEALAND Stace Robertson Access, Inclusion and Participation Advisor
NORWAY Ketil Kolstad Actor
NORTHERN IRELAND Andrew Stanford Lead Artist Inclusion, Replay Theatre Company
PAKISTAN Aamir Nawaz President & Artistic Director Maas Foundation, Lahore
RUSSIA Marina Medkova

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SCOTLAND Natasha Gilmore AD Barrowland Ballet
SERBIA Olivera Kovacevic Crnjanski Choreographer and actor, waiting for confirmation from Diana Krzanic Tepavac
SINGAPORE Jean Loo AD Superhero Me!
SPAIN Jaume Belló works in different areas of Disability
SOUTH AFRICA Christelle Dreyer Freelance dancer/actress
SOUTH AFRICA Jayne Batzofin Freelance Artist in the social upliftment of the soul
SWEDEN Sandra Johansson Eecutive director at Moomsteatern
SWITZERLAND Manuela Runge Theater and dance teacher with disabled children and adults together in inclusive groups.
SWAZILAND/ESWATINI Sizwe Ndlela Drama therapist and teacher
TURKEY Hakan Silahsizoglu Atta Festival Director/Founder
URUGUAY Myriam Caprile President ASSITEJ Uruguay
USA Fran Sillau Special needs teacher, director, educator
VIETNAM NGUYEN Truong Son Dancer, choreographer and stage director
WALES Ellen Groves Head of Casting at Hijinx Theatre and Co-Artistic Director Likely Story
ZAMBIA Brian Kambenja Munali High School for the Disabled
ZAMBIA Dr. Cheela Chilala Academic