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Bangkok Studio - Reimagining a 21st Century Middle School Drama programme

September 7 - September 8, 2019

Booking Closed

Reimagining a 21st Century Middle School Drama programme

The power of play to awaken and develop curious and creative minds should be at the heart of a Middle School Theatre curriculum. This notion will underpin all our work at this Studio, as we examine the ways you can engage a diverse range of students from those that love drama, to those for whom Theatre is a challenging environment. We will re-evaluate what an international drama curriculum in Middle School might look like, through the planning and delivery of concept and context based drama learning opportunities that will engage with young people’s creative minds and bodies.

Target audience

Middle school Drama and Theatre teachers from any curriculum.

Learning outcomes

To develop curriculum planning skills.
To learn and experience strategies to place the idea of play at the heart of what we do as drama teachers.
To develop links between Middle School Theatre and the wider school community and mission.
To develop fresh ways of practical inquiry which marry theatre specific content with conceptual and contextual understanding.
To create meaningful, authentic assessment tasks
To engage with a diverse range of students
To utilise the power of collaboration to invigorate inquiry.
To become part of a network of MS theatre teachers and to share ideas and resources with other teachers.

How this workshop aids curriculum delivery.

This professional development and learning opportunity will enable drama and theatre teachers to advance a culture of creative pedagogy and learning in their classroom as they plan a new Middle School Theatre curriculum. The approaches considered in this Studio will be directly transferable to the classroom and can be altered for any learning environment. Students will benefit from their teacher being creatively reinvigorated and the strategies teachers will engage with, will allow for students to understand the relationship between collaboration, play, contextual understanding, and creativity. This will empower them to grasp concepts and become stronger innovators in a fast changing world through an enhanced creative mindset.

Session outline

#1: What does a 21st century Middle School Theatre programme look like?
#2: Theatre, service and action: developing an approach which engages with the school and wider community.
#3: Theatre and context: a Middle school devising model.
#4: Theatre and concept: opportunities for self discovery.
#5: Learning through the body: a somatic approach to inclusive classrooms.
#6: Reflection, recording process and building authentic assessments.
#7: Planning a vertical curriculum and building networks.

About your workshop leader

Simon Bell is a freelance Theatre artist who works as an actor, director, movement director, educator, examiner and workshop leader. He has many years experience of teaching Theatre at both Middle and High school level in a diverse range of learning environments. He works as a teacher trainer and examiner for IB Theatre. He works for ISTA as an Artist in Residence, festival ensemble leader and DP Theatre student ensemble leader. He is currently assisting many schools around the world with their planning and delivery of curriculum and assessments. He has a specialism in Devising (in particular the approaches of Frantic Assembly and Complicite), Lecoq training and Physical Theatre.

Event coordinator

Keriann O’Rourke


Bangkok Patana School
643 Lasalle Road (Sukhumvit 105)
Bangna Tai, Bangna

Host school website

Important information

The workshop begins at 9:00am on 7th September 2019.
The workshop finishes at 3:00pm on 8th September 2019.

Booking is now closed. Please email if interested in booking.

Please note:
Places are limited, so please register early.
Participants should plan to attend the workshop in its entirety.
If travelling from outside the host city, please organise travel accordingly.


Registration fees:

Teachers from member schools – GBP £350
Teachers from non-member schools – GBP £385
ISTA artists – GBP £315

Please note: Registration fees include lunches and tea/coffee breaks daily.

Travel and visas


Teachers attending will be responsible for organising their own travel, ensuring they can attend the Studio in full.

Participants will fly into either the Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) or the Don Mueang Airport (DMK).

ISTA artists
Your event coordinator will confirm final travel plans/dates with you.
Artist travel plans are due by 26th July 2019.
ISTA artists are responsible for booking their own flights to Bangkok and will use our travel agency for this. Workshop leaders will be activated 12 weeks prior to the Studio and your EC will talk you through the process for booking flights at the time of activation.
Artists are also responsible for ensuring they have the necessary visa to enter Thailand.

Accommodation and meals

Accommodation for participants
ISTA will suggest a hotel close to the venue and teachers will be asked to make their own booking.
Teachers attending from Bangkok will travel daily.

Meals for participants

For teachers travelling daily:
Breakfast will not be provided, lunch and tea/coffee breaks are included in your registration fees.
Dinners are not included.
For teachers travelling from overseas:
Same as above; breakfasts will be taken at the hotel.

Accommodation for ISTA artists:
ISTA will book single room accommodation for the nights of the workshop.

Meals for ISTA artists:
ISTA will cover all meals for the duration of the workshop.

Please find below the relevant documentation for you to download:


Starts on Saturday 07 September at 09:00
Finishes on Sunday 08 September at 15:00


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


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