School of Human Development


Primary Department
School of Human Development
Academic Staff
Phone number:
01 700
St Patrick's Campus
Room Number
SPC M 202

Academic biography

Irene White is Assistant Professor in English and Drama Education in the School of Human Development at the Institute of Education, Dublin City University. She is Programme Chair of the Professional Master of Education and teaches across a range of initial teacher education programmes. Irene taught English and Drama at post-primary level for twelve years, during which time she was a mentor for initial teacher education students and a State Exams Commission examiner for the Leaving Certificate Applied Programme.

Irene’s PhD examined creativity in participatory arts initiatives and articulated a Participatory Arts for Creativity in Education (PACE) model, an applied participatory arts model aimed at fostering creativity in education. 

Irene's work in the field of participatory arts includes her role as artist and director with Upstate Theatre Project on The Crossover Project, a cross-border, cross-community participative drama programme funded by Border Action, and her work with students from the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, New York University on the study abroad programme. Irene has also worked with Smashing Times Theatre Company on the ‘Acting for the Future' programme using drama and theatre performance to promote positive mental health and raise awareness of issues surrounding suicide and suicide prevention with adolescents in second-level schools north and south of the border. Irene is Chair of the Board of Directors for Upstate Theatre Project and she is a member of the Association for Drama in Education in Ireland (ADEI).