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What is the challenge?

July 24

by Tom Scott How often do you challenge yourself? I mean, really challenge yourself. To the point where you get that hollow feeling in your stomach as the adrenaline kicks in and your body does everything it can to stop you? But...

On being current; ISTA presents at key international conferences

July 18

by Dinos Aristidou The work we do at ISTA in the field of global learning through theatre strives to both contribute to and influence learning and teaching in the arts. With this in mind, it’s important to us to work in collaboration...

Home – A Digital Theatre Project

July 11

Home... What is home? How do you build a home? Where is home? These are just a few examples of questions that initially come to mind when exploring this idea. ISTA's digital theatre project 'Home' connected 10 students from 2...

An executive director reflects on…play

July 4

Ensemble is the heart of ISTA and play is the heart of ensemble. It is through the ensemble method that ISTA brings people together, forging new connections, creating communities of learning.  Play is the spirit with which we work here...

Festival locations & dates… so far

June 29

UPDATE 30th June 2022: New festivals have been added to the list! Things are heating up in the world of festivals and we are delighted to announce the first of our festival dates, locations and hosts for 2022-2023. A huge thanks go out to...

Keeping your practice alive

June 21

By Helen Abbott ISTA Artist Manager and Event Manager When the opportunity to go from part-time to full-time with ISTA came up I found myself having to think long and hard about whether to jump on the opportunity. Not out of any...

Being Different: The YCIS/YWIES Hybrid Drama festival

June 12

Imagine this… An international drama festival with 160 students from 5 different cities and artists from around the globe working together to explore what ‘being different’ means to them. Sounds like the making of a classic ISTA...

An Executive Director reflects on… what are the alternatives?

June 7

It’s good to start with questions. Inquiry is at the heart of ISTA and our approach to our work. Questions are also on our mind. As we begin the new ISTA year, all of us are thinking about this question.  The future, of...

Festival hosting FAQs… Answered!

May 30

Thinking about hosting a festival? We've got your most frequently asked questions answered to help make the decision to host a festival even easier. Q: Do we need a theatre to host? A: Nope! It is not a necessity to have a...

Scene – New look and call out for contributors!

May 24

As you know, ISTA is undergoing an exciting period of change. We are in the process of examining what we offer to our members and, as part of this, are looking at ways to develop Scene, our quarterly journal. Scene is an integral part of...

Why host an ISTA festival? Because I can’t get enough of it

May 15

by Keriann O'Rourke A fresh new festival season is upon us - it’s been a long time coming after a loooooong hiatus from being able to even consider face to face festivals again. But baby… they are back! I have great admiration for...

ISTA Global challenge – A world of difference

May 11

A world of difference is ISTA’s global challenge for 2022-2023. We hope that ISTA’s global challenge for 2022-2023 A world of difference, will be an exciting focus for the year and engage children and young people with...

An Executive Director reflects on… go beyond the obvious

May 1

I picked this card today on the aeroplane on my way to Chiang Mai, Thailand and as usual it seems perfectly fitting. After so much time being unable to travel, flying seems something beyond the obvious especially as long-distance journeys,...

The DP Theatre Student Handbook is in the works! 

April 18

ISTA is proud to announce... The first IB authorised student textbook to be produced and published by ISTA! Written by experts to give students comprehensive coverage of the DP theatre guide for first assessments in 2024. The DP...

An Executive Director reflects on… listen

April 4

To listen is an essential part of my every day.  It’s the basis of being collaborative, of being connected and of being current- keeping an ear to the ground, keeping informed of the latest ideas regarding both learning and artistic...

Music & Drama Awards Update

March 31

The Music & Drama Awards ceremony was on Wednesday 23rd March 2022 in London, UK. We were absolutely over the moon to be a finalist for these prestigious awards in the category of Outstanding Drama Initiative for our Digital Global...

Brand new face to face ISTA TaPS – revived and refreshed

March 14

Introducing ISTA TaPS - Perspectives 3 days - Specialist workshops – IB DP Theatre focussed – Two productions The ISTA TaPS experience engages young people with the IB DP Theatre course.  ISTA TaPS: PERSPECTIVES gives IB...

Music and Drama education awards – Outstanding Drama Initiative finalist

March 7

Did you know that ISTA’s Digital Global Production - 2020 Vision - is a finalist for Outstanding Drama Initiative in the 2022 Music and Drama Education Awards? The Music and Drama Awards celebrate the extraordinary contribution made by...

An Executive Director reflects on… digging deeper

March 1

When I picked this card today, I used it to reflect both on my first month at ISTA as well as our forthcoming month-long celebrations for World Theatre Day on the 27th March. The past month has involved a lot of deep digging. We’ve been...