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Discovering who you are and how you work: Reflection and the Creative Journal with Dinos Aristidou

October 30, 2021

Multi Region Event: Asia & Europe / Americas & Europe

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

Discovering who you are and how you work: Reflection and the Creative Journal

Workshop description
Reflection is a requirement of most theatre courses and is a key part of being a young artist. It’s the way we make sense of our experiences in theatre and learn from them. Guided reflection helps us create and develop our theatre work. This workshop looks not only at how to reflect effectively but also how to document this through creative journaling.

Learning outcomes for participants

  • Discover who you are as a theatre maker
  • Use different approaches for reflection
  • Use different strategies for recording reflection
  • Develop ability to explain your processes and discoveries

Why/how is this session of value to Theatre students?
Reflection is a core skill for young artists and creative journaling is an empowering process that allows you to discover who you are and how you work. Reflection is key for most courses and assessment tasks. This workshop helps students to reflect on their learning and processes in order to communicate their understandings and evaluate their theatre work and their life as a young theatre artist.

Target audience
All theatre students

Though it will be particularly useful to those enrolled in courses requiring them to record and reflect upon creative processes, artistic choices and personal growth as theatre makers.

About your workshop leader

Dinos Aristidou
I’m a playwright, director and education consultant working internationally. Covid-19 has changed my process working digitally to make/share work. I am working with Birmingham Royal Ballet and as creative learning director of UCAN, developing Storystarters. As artistic director/playwright of the Hear Us Out Verbatim Theatre Festival I am working with older people and their stories.

My passion is for Verbatim theatre, working with communities to discover empowering ways of theatrically presenting untold stories. My work with students and teachers focuses on reflection, its role in learning, social activism and building compassion. As an artist I am interested in what it means to make art with kindness.

I work closely with the IB and created the current Teacher Support Materials (TSM) and designed all workshops for Cat 1 and 2 teachers for the IB as well as the IBTAPS sessions for ISTA. I am passionate about journaling and the role it can play in learning and in making sense of our experiences. My work on reflection has led to the development of creative strategies designed to make journaling and reflection engaging.

Important information

Event Coordinator
Helen Abbott

Workshop timings
Region 1 – Asia & Europe
08:00 – 10:00 BST (British Summer Time)
09:00 – 11:00 CEST (Central European Summer Time)
15:00 – 17:00 SST (Singapore Standard Time)

Region 2 – Americas & Europe
06:00 – 08:00 PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)
09:00 – 11:00 EDT (Eastern Daylight Time)
14:00 – 16:00 BST (British Summer Time)
15:00 – 17:00 CEST (Central European Summer Time)

The virtual workshop will take place on Zoom.
Joining instructions will be emailed to participants 24 hours before the event.
Places are limited to 25 participants per workshop.


The cost of the session is GBP £20 per student.

What to bring

Any materials shared with you prior to the workshop, such as the workbook. Plus anything requested by the workshop leader which will be shared with you prior to the workshop.

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 30 October at 15:00
Finishes on Saturday 30 October at 17:00
(SST - Singapore Standard Time)

Americas & Europe

Starts on Saturday 30 October at 15:00
Finishes on Saturday 30 October at 17:00
(CEST - Central European Summer Time)


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