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Developing and expressing visual design ideas with Kieran Burgess

January 21, 2023 - January 22, 2023

Multi Region Event: Asia & Europe / Americas & Europe

Booking Closed

Please note that this event is available to book in two regions. For more detailed time zone information, please see the ‘Important information’ section below and select your chosen region when you ‘Book now’.

About the workshop

Developing and expressing visual design ideas

Workshop description
We will explore different ways of expressing design ideas, helping you to help students move away from textual descriptions, towards a range of visual-first communication methods. For courses including assessment tasks in the form of portfolios, notebooks or process journals (for example, the DP Theatre Production Proposal criterion B specifically asks for visuals), it will be important for even the most reluctant visual artists to develop skills for sharing their ideas: “I can’t draw” won’t be a barrier anymore!

Area of Learning
The world of theatre

Learning outcomes
On completion of the workshop, educators will:

  • be able to guide students to express broad directorial concepts through a range of visual methods
  • be able to guide students to express specific styles and moments, via multiple production elements, through a range of visual methods
  • understand the role of annotated visuals in accessing higher order thinking
  • have a toolkit of teaching activities/units for further development in their own school
  • have a deeper understanding of how to leverage visuals to access the top mark-band in DP Theatre tasks

Target audience
Educators of MS/HS age range, including DP Theatre teachers

Some experience of facilitating performance/production proposals and/or directorial units will be helpful

How will the workshop benefit the teacher in their curriculum delivery?
Teachers will have a greater understanding, through collaborative inquiry with fellow participants and the workshop leader, of how students can best access the top band in relevant criteria in DP Theatre, including PP Criteria B & C, STP Criterion B, CP Criterion B. Teachers working with all MS/HS curricula will be able to use these strategies to help students develop the skills required to both utilise production elements effectively, and be able to explain their intentions and choices in a more advanced way.

About your workshop leader

Kieran Burgess
I am a practitioner, teacher and student of theatre – a photographer, an author and a supporter of the world’s greatest football team: Manchester United. I have worked professionally in theatres across the United Kingdom, Japan and Singapore as a designer, stage manager, director and actor, and currently live in Switzerland.

I enjoy immersive theatre, devising socially relevant theatre and playing with architecture and visual aesthetics to accentuate a story. I pursue simplicity – in both voice and movement and in scenography. I believe in the strength of the ensemble – where the best ideas are not handed down from one director-god but come equally from performers and designers.

Building on my pre-teaching career as a professional designer and stage manager, I have taught Technical Theatre and Production Arts for almost 20 years. I am an experienced teacher and senior examiner of IB DP Theatre, and teacher of A-Level, MYP and GCSE Theatre.

Important information

Event Manager
Keriann O’Rourke

Workshop timings
Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd January 2023 – same time both days

Region 1: Asia/Europe
7am – 10am GMT [Greenwich Mean time]
8am-11am CET [Central European Time]
3pm-6pm SST [Singapore Standard Time]

Region 2: Americas/Europe
8am-11am PST [Pacific Standard Time]
11am-2pm EST [Eastern Standard Time]
4pm-7pm GMT [Greenwich Mean Time]
5pm-8pm CET [Central European Time]

The workshop will take place on Zoom.
Joining instructions will be emailed to participants 24 hours before the event.
Some familiarity with Google Drive, Google Docs etc. would be helpful, but is not a requirement.

Places are limited to 25 participants per region


ISTA Members: GBP £176 per person
Non members: GBP £220 per person

Please note that once booked and invoiced the registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable as per our event terms and conditions.

What to bring

Any materials shared with you prior to the workshop, such as the workbook. A notebook and pencil are always useful.

Space requirements
If possible, please try to have a small amount of space near to you for any practical work.

Download & Forms

Please find below the relevant documentation for you to download:


Asia & Europe

Starts on Saturday 21 January at 15:00
Finishes on Sunday 22 January at 18:00
(SST - Singapore Standard Time)

Americas & Europe

Starts on Saturday 21 January at 17:00
Finishes on Sunday 22 January at 20:00
(CET - Central European Time)


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