ISTA began, in 1978 with just one High School festival in Europe.
Our first Middle School festival took place in 1986, along with our first training programme for students and teachers of IB Theatre.
In 1982 we opened up to membership, growing to 50 member schools by 1989. 1992 saw our first festival in Asia and two years later we hit Australia, by then producing 8 festivals a year. In 1995 ISTA became a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. 2006 saw us finally establishing our first office and current office in Cornwall.
And the rest is history...
Now producing over 50 annual festivals and training programmes with a membership of around 200 schools worldwide, ISTA is bigger, better and still growing!
We were able to meet and socialise with people from totally different backgrounds. It made the experience much more remarkable and unforgettable - it became much more varied and unique. It allowed me to understand, take and see things from a different perspective, and not stress out about everything so much. Instead, it reassured me that it wasn't impossible.
Student at New York TaPS, October 2013