March 13, 2019

March 13, 2019 

Arsenio J. Lizaso, president of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and executive director of IUTA Philippine Center, announced today that the members of the executive committee of the International University Theatre Association (IUTA) unanimously voted to hold the organization’s 13th World Congress in Manila, Philippines in 2020. 

This was officially confirmed in a letter addressed to Lizaso by Vito Minoia, the current IUTA president.

The IUTA World Congress is held biennially or every two (2) years. The most recent congress was held in Moscow, Russia in September 2018 which Lizaso attended. He was subsequently elected by the IUTA execom members to serve as IUTA Vice President for a term of two (2) years during the 2018 congress. 

Aside from Moscow, ten (10) other cities have hosted the twelve (12) IUTA World Congresses since 1994, these include: Caldas in Colombia; Liege in Belgium; Minsk in Belarus; Leicester in England; Pueblo in Mexico; Urbino in Italy; Olympia in Greece; Krakow in Poland; Dakar in Senegal; and Quebec in Canada. Liege, Belgium hosted two (2) world congresses. 

The IUTA was established at the Université de Liège in Belgium in 1994 with the goal of developing and promoting recognized post-secondary activity in theatre training, creation, research and theoretical and practical research at the university level or higher studies, throughout the world. IUTA has members in over fifty (50) countries. 

Students and educators of local colleges and universities and around 200 delegates from IUTA’s member network of theater associations from 1,500 universities around the world are expected to attend the world congress. 

This is the second time that the Philippines will host an IUTA event. In June 2011, the IUTA Philippine Center successfully organized the IUTA Regional Festival/Conference/Workshops at the Miriam College in Quezon City. 

Over 150 theater students, educators, and practitioners from colleges and universities across the Philippines; resource persons from foreign countries; and twenty (20) members of the IUTA executive committee attended the event.


CCP president and IUTA Philippine Center executive director Arsenio J. Lizaso (left) with IUTA president Vito Minoia (right) during the 12th IUTA World Congress in Moscow, Russia. The congress carried the theme: “Theatre and University in the 21st Century”. The 13th IUTA World Congress would be held in Manila in 2020.