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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...

Tag! You’re it! 8 energising tag games

February 23

This was originally published in ‘The artist toolbox’ issue of Scene in January 2015. Need that extra burst of energy? Try out these 8 fun tag game exercises to energise any group and get them moving. Applause tag So good! If you...

Face to face events are making a comeback

February 16

It feels so good to be back! We have just come off of the back of our first face to face (F2F) IB workshop in Atlanta since our IB training has gone online and the experience of coming together had such an impact on our artists and...

An Executive Director reflects on… welcoming adventure

February 8

4th February 2022 Well, it’s the end of my first week in the new role and I’ve decided to use the reflection cards to inspire my reflections. Picking a random card and then thinking about what the message might be. The card I picked...

Letter to the community from Dinos Aristidou – ISTA’s new Executive Director

February 1

It’s a great honour to be taking on the role of Executive Director of an organisation I love so dearly and have worked with over so many years in the different roles of teacher, artist, board member and consultant. I’m very excited to be...

The beginner’s mind

January 25

By Jubilith Moore This article was originally published in ISTA's Scene magazine in 2017. “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” So begins this most beloved of all American Zen...

New ISTA Executive Director announcement

November 30

On behalf of the ISTA Board of Trustees, I am delighted to announce that Dinos Aristidou has been named as our new Executive Director, effective February 1, 2022. Those of you who know Dinos will be just as excited as we are. He has been a...

How in-school artists helped boost creativity

September 30

by Alex Soulsby Alex Soulsby is a creative education specialist and the creative director for Prem Tinsulanonda International School and its Artist Residency Thailand programme. They are also an ISTA Global Partner. This article was...

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...