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Creating community in the virtual theatre classroom

August 18

By Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson Photo by Headway on Unsplash After one week in my virtual classroom in March of 2020, I was floundering. I was faced with students not having reliable internet connections, their books were in their lockers at...

Theatre in the classroom for non-theatre teachers

July 7

We all know that theatre and the arts have wide reaching benefits for young people, but how can we implement theatre and drama in a more academic setting? For a while now we’ve wanted to involve non-theatre teachers more and based on feedback over...

Leave the light on: A look at past member school productions 2019-2020

July 7

Originally published in Behind the Scenes June 2020. Celebrating ISTA members' school performances 2019-2020 This was the year when education around the globe was abruptly halted and rerouted to an online environment leaving many school...

Traditional Japanese Theatre

June 29

by Ellis Van Maarseveen Watch as ISTA artist Ellis van Maarseveen takes us on a journey of traditional Japanese theatre including Noh, Kyogen and Kabuki. Ellis holds a Masters of Applied Theatre Studies and lived in Japan for many years...

We’ve made the news! The International Educator publication

June 22

We are delighted to announce that an article written by Sally has been recently published in the global education publication The International Educator (TIE) on 8th June 2021. View the TIE article here When the pandemic began in...

Press Pause – wellbeing considerations for teachers and artists

June 18

1. Introduction This is our first dose of wellbeing vibes to help disconnect you from your working week and reconnect you with what gives you joy, meaning and purpose. We hope you find this session - and the next 6 sessions run by...

Breaking Brecht: the anarchic power of text interrupted

June 18

Originally published in ISTA's Scene Provocative Theatre issue in January 2016. Free from theatrical cliché, sentimentality and tired convention. Bringing Brecht to the stage should be an act of sabotage and as such it should improvise...

Summer PD&L workshops for IB DP Theatre teachers

June 14

Here's a quick look at all the Professional development and learning experiences we have on this July for teachers of the IB DP Theatre programme. Watch as each workshop leader explains their workshop, learning outcomes and how the workshop...

Never safe

May 28

By Allyn Rathus Originally published in Scene January 2016. Why would I want students to practice safe theatre when the very act of making theatre is provocative? Ms. Rathus, why not just do a crowd-pleaser? Why are we doing a...

Meet our members – St John’s School, Canada

May 26

HELP! It's a zombie apocalypse! Well, not a real one obviously. But the students and teachers at St John's School in Vancouver, Canada sure made us believe that one was happening through their very unique school show format of a live...

Summer season 2021 schedule

May 25

This summer we hope that you take the time to relax and unwind (much needed after a huge year in teaching). We want to be sure you do things just for you – and what better way to feel good than through exploring new learning...

Summer 2021 and beyond: join us on the journey

May 20

As we come to the end of our 2019-2020 year I realise it’s timely to spell out our plans for 2021-2022 and beyond. We now have a much clearer picture of what next year will look like and I wanted to share those ideas with you so that we can begin...

Sally and Jo’s 20th anniversary!

May 3

In 2001, at a local toddler group in Trannack, Sally met Jo, and both an amazing friendship and tremendous working relationship was formed. Twenty years later, they are still going strong, and in celebration of this (and how they transformed ISTA)...

Global partner stories – Dulwich College, Singapore

April 28

Dulwich College, Singapore became an ISTA Global Partner school in 2019. The major focus of our partnership was the creation of a cross-arts festival. ISTA has worked with Kat Hegarty and Corin James for many years, across a number of schools and...

Building community at the Canadian Academy, Kobe

April 20

ISTA member school Canadian Academy, Kobe, Japan wanted to change up student learning. With the pandemic continuing on Head of Arts and middle school teacher Kristyn Art had a vision on how she could add a little creative disruption to her...

AiR stories

April 13

In response to COVID-19 ISTA has had to adapt and innovate our previous ways of working to a more online environment. While these online experiences will not replace our face to face events in the future, it's going to be an important part of our...

Face to face TaPS events are back

April 6

As we start to see the world opening up again after a challenging year, ISTA is keen to restart cultivating togetherness and collaboration with face to face events. We're delighted to start this off with the launch of our TaPS...

Storytelling in the Early Years

April 2

By Elaine Nielsen This article was originally published in the ‘Storytelling’ issue of Scene in May 2016. Some ideas towards an idea of progression in working with stories and storytelling in drama with pre-Kindergarten and...

Happy World Theatre Day!

March 26

After the past year of watching theatre performances come to stand still, drama classrooms get flipped on their heads and amazing innovative theatre be born, it is definitely time to celebrate! Here's our list of things to celebrate - from arts...