ISTA presents...

Bangkok Studio - Concept based learning for the Middle School Theatre teacher

September 5 - September 6, 2020

Artistic information

Concept based learning for the Middle School Theatre teacher

Concept based learning focuses on the development of a student’s understanding of ‘big ideas’ and is driven by student centred inquiry. In a practical theatre course, concept based learning helps students to understand ideas regarding theatre as well as the way theatre functions as a form of art. It also develops a student’s understanding of any concepts, themes, issues and ideas in plays that they study or in any material that is being used by the students to create original theatre.

Theatre is also a powerful and effective tool for developing conceptual understandings. Learning through theatre offers opportunities for an experiential approach, one of the most powerful ways to develop conceptual understandings and for authentic and real world teaching and learning. Providing a powerful and unique approach to understanding concepts, it establishes theatre as a means of exploring the world, expressing ideas and communicating these to others.

This workshop will explore the nature of concept driven learning in theatre and the value and significance of a concept based theatre programme as part of the middle school curriculum. We will examine the nature of theatre skills and how they can be developed through a concept driven programme as well as consider theatre as a tool for learning.

Through practical activities and exercises, participants will gain a better understanding of how to approach and plan concept based theatre programmes, develop strategies that use theatre as a conceptual learning tool and have the opportunity to develop new concept based units of work.

Target audience
Appropriate for all middle school theatre teachers and for IBMYP drama teachers.

Please note
This workshop has particular relevance, as a continuation, from our 2019 Studios focussing on curriculum design. However, attendance at our 2019 Studios is not a prerequisite for attending this workshop

Learning outcomes

How this workshop aids curriculum delivery

Session outline

About your workshop leader

Important information

School address
Bangkok Patana School
643 Bang Na
Bangkok 10260

School website

The event starts at 9:00am on Saturday 5th September 2020.
The event finishes at 3:00pm on Sunday 6th September 2020.

Event Coordinator
Helen Abbott

For participants
Registration is now open.
Registration closes on 14th August 2020.

For artists
The artist team will be activated 12 weeks prior to the event.
Artist travel details are due 10 weeks prior to the event.


Registration fees
ISTA members – GBP £350.
Non ISTA members – GBP £385.

Please note
Registration fees include lunch and tea/coffee breaks.
Any bookings or amendments taken in the six weeks prior to the event will incur an additional GBP £50 late booking/amendment surcharge, subject to availability.

Travel and visas

For participants
Participants from Bangkok will travel daily. Participants attending from outside Bangkok and from overseas are advised to arrive into Bangkok by evening on Friday 4th September 2020 and should not plan to leave BP until after the last session finishes at 3:00pm on Sunday 5th September 2020. Please ensure you have the correct visa to enter Thailand.

For artists
All artists should plan to fly into Bangkok by evening on Friday 4th September 2020 and should not plan to leave BP until after the close of the final session at 3:00pm on Sunday. Please ensure you have the correct visa to enter Thailand.


For participants
For participants travelling from outside Bangkok and from overseas, we will ask you to book your own accommodation for the number of nights required. We recommend you book somewhere close to the BP campus for ease of travel.

For artists
ISTA will book and pre-pay for single room accommodation for the nights of 4th, 5th, and if required, 6th September 2020.


For participants
Breakfasts will not be provided. Lunch and coffee/tea/snack breaks as well as lunches on the two days of the workshop are provided. Evening meals are not included.

For artists
All meals for the duration of the workshop will be provided and/or subsistence given.

Download & Forms

Please find below the relevant documentation for you to download:


Starts on Saturday 05 September at 09:00
Finishes on Sunday 06 September at 15:00 .


Bangkok Patana School
643 Soi Lasalle (Sukhumvit 105)
Bangna Bangkok 10260
Tel: +66 (0) 2785 2200