International Schools Theatre Association.
A community of young people, teachers and artists.

“Life isn’t measured in the breaths we take, but in moments that take our breath away.”

Our world depends on confident, internationally minded, collaborative and culturally literate young people who are empowered to engage with and change the world. ISTA brings together young people, artists and teachers from different countries in different settings to experience, create and learn about theatre.

We passionately value diversity, collaboration, celebration, play, friendship and collegiality.

CREATE, LEARN, INSPIRE

80 EVENTS
200 MEMBER SCHOOLS
100 COUNTRIES
4000 STUDENTS

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LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE

EVENTS

We produce and run more than 80 events each year designed to inspire and engage students and teachers alike. From our fabulous festivals to our inspiring teacher workshops, our events are designed to leave lasting memories and transform the lives of everyone who takes part.

Ho Chi Minh City HS festival

January 18 - January 20 2019

Singapore PS festival (1)

January 18 - January 20 2019

STEAM (Singapore) 1-day Studio

January 23 - January 23 2019

JOIN ISTA

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

Our Global Partners

ISTA is home to a thriving community of internationally renowned and celebrated insights. They frequently share their knowledge, passions and expertise with us. Prepare to be inspired.

40 years of the International Schools Theatre Association

December 10

By Sally Robertson, Executive Director of ISTA Story [noun] An account of imaginary or real people and events told for entertainment. Anyone you speak to who tells you about ISTA will have a different story. A story that is dependent on their...

40 fantastic films

October 28