Carla Delfos, Executive Director, ELIA


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Carla Delfos was born in The Netherlands and graduated from the Theatre school in Amsterdam 1976. She worked as an actress, theatre director and writer until 1988 and was involved in the organisation of international events and director of Foundation EuroTheatre from 1987 until 1989. She worked as a drama teacher in the Theatre school in Amsterdam from 1976 until 1999. She was a Board member of the Theatre school Amsterdam from 1982 until 1989 and played a role in the merger into the Amsterdam School of the Arts.


In 1989 she started developing the Founding Conference for the European League of Institutes of the Arts – ELIA, an international organisation now representing over 350 higher arts education institutions and universities in 47 countries. ELIA is the primary independent membership organisation representing all subject disciplines and has a membership of more than 350 arts institutions in 47 countries. Through its membership network ELIA promotes dialogue, mobility, research, sharing of best practice and activities between artists, teachers, administrators and leaders, altogether representing more than 300,000 art students.


Since the founding of the organisation in 1990 she is Executive Director of ELIA and guided the organisation to where it is today. In 1996 Carla Delfos was awarded by the French Government and was knighted Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In 2001 she was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Art by the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen; in 2009, an Honorary Doctorate from Columbia College, Chicago and Honorary Fellowship of Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts.


She serves in several national and international boards and sporadically teaches theatre.