ISTA present...

Americas - DP Theatre Category 1 online IB workshop

October 22 - October 24, 2020

Booking Closed

The timings of this workshop are scheduled for Eastern Standard time (EST).
While scheduled, primarily, as a workshop for teachers based in the Americas, Theatre teachers globally are invited to attend. Please check synchronous session times prior to booking.

Artistic information

Americas – DP Theatre Category 1 online IB workshop

Workshop goals
This workshop is recommended for teachers of Theatre from schools which have taken the decision to apply to offer the Diploma programme or new or recently appointed Theatre teachers from IB World Schools.
The overall purpose of workshops in this category is to provide professional development and assistance for schools that have decided to apply for IB authorisation. They are equally relevant for educators who are new to a school with an existing IB programme and those interested in joining an IB school.

Master class and theatre information

Master class
All participants will take part in one interactive online master class on Marcel Marceau – And the truth of illusion with ISTA artist Bill Bowers. This will take place on Friday 23rd October 2020 from 1:00-2:30pm [EST].

Master class description
Coming soon

To prepare for the master class:
• Please wear loose comfortable clothing to move in and space around your computer.

All participants will watch The Winter’s Tale performed by Cheek by Jowl (run time 2 hour 25 minutes). Teachers will watch this in their own time, asynchronously. Please make sure that you have enjoyed the performance prior to the start of the IB workshop.

Or watch it on Youtube here.

Cheek by Jowl also provides a complementary education pack that includes teaching materials, interviews and the live captures. If you wish to access these materials please sign up at this link:

Artist biographies

Mike Caemmerer – Teacher workshop leader (TWL)
After working in school theatre programmes since 1989, most recently at the American Embassy School in New Delhi for 15 years as theatre director and teacher, and programme director for a performing arts organisation in Leavenworth, Washington, I finally took the exhilarating leap in 2019 into the freelance art world, writing for theatre and film by day and throwing ceramics by night.

I get excited about a great line of dialogue mixed with the perfect gesture and the transformative track of music. I love the details of characters, spaces and designs. Teaching makes me happy. It’s like writing a new piece of a play every day.

I taught the IB DP Theatre course for 13 years. This combined with 15 years as a student ensemble leader for TaPS, four years as a TWL and 12 years as an IB Theatre examiner has given me a strong understanding of both the challenges and rewards of teaching the IB DP Theatre course.

Bill Bowers – Master class leader (MCL)
I have appeared on Broadway in The Lion King and The Scarlet Pimpernel and in theatres throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. A student of the legendary mime Marcel Marceau, I now perform my solo plays throughout the world. I also teach Movement at New York University and Stella Adler Studios in New York City.

I live in New York City but grew up in the wilds of Montana, and from a young age had an attraction to the ‘big quiet’ of the vast western landscape. I began to study what can be said without using words which led me to the art of mime. I present master classes for TaPS and IB teacher training, perform my solo plays at ISTA events and have been a SEL at numerous ISTA festivals.

Important information

This is an online workshop.
Sessions will take place for 4 hours per day on the 3 days of the workshop.
All sessions will take place on Zoom and will be synchronous, interactive and collaborative in approach.
The workshop leader will set tasks for teachers to complete in between the live sessions on days 1 and 2.
ISTA will provide the links and passwords to all participants shortly before the workshop.

Sessions will take place at the following times [Eastern Standard Time (EST)]
Thursday 22nd October 2020 – 1:00-5:00pm
Friday 23rd October 2020 – 1:00-5:00pm
Saturday 24th October 2020 – 1:00-5:00pm

Event Coordinator
Sophie Galton

For participants
Registration is now open.
Registration will close on Monday 19th October 2020.


Registration fees
ISTA members – GBP £450.
Non ISTA members – GBP £485.

Download & Forms

Please find below the relevant documentation for you to download:


Starts on Thursday 22 October at 13:00
Finishes on Saturday 24 October at 17:00


• Aaron Decicco
• Ian Oxlande
• James Stroud
• Joe Dimonico
• Morgan Matos
• Ms. Ruqaya Aamer
• Patricia Grunz
• Tim Brown