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Hong Kong IB workshop - DP Theatre Category 1 and 2 (combined)

September 6 - September 8, 2019

Booking Closed


Diploma Programme Theatre
Category 1 and Category 2 (combined)

Master classes

All participants will take part in one 90 minute master class with Avital Manor Peleg focusing on mask.

Acting with the white neutral mask

The mask is a unique object that hides the actor’s face, but in doing so awakens a psychophysical mechanism of openness mode. Using the neutral mask allows the performer to be both in an inner state of mind and a heightened awareness with the audience. When our face is being covered it’s more likely to unleash our emotional state and expose it through body language, eye contact and gestures. We will use the white neutral mask to learn basic skills and techniques of acting with masks as it pushes the actor to create highly focused, economical and dramatic body movement.

In this session participants will experience the white neutral mask as an improvisation training tool for psychophysical release. Together we will learn basic skills and techniques of acting with masks, experience the power of economical movement as a nonverbal strategy to devise a scene, develop an understanding of the potential of the mask as a nonverbal tool and practice neutrality as a starting point for the flow of creativity.


All participants will attend one lecture-based performance by Avital Manor Peleg on-site at the workshop venue.

Face to face – fragments of mask
The mask is an awakening object that has a remarkable community memory trail throughout the history of mankind. Use of masks relate to special events that take us out of our daily routine; it appears in ancient religious rituals, social ceremonies, popular carnivals and different theatre styles. Face to face is a lecture-based performance which includes an introduction to a global perspective of the phenomena of mask in different cultures, alongside with a personal artistic journey. It’s an opportunity to share a performer’s passion, vision and practice with masks – through slide presentation, videos, live improvisation and dialogue.


Hong Kong Baptist University
Shaw Campus
Renfrew Road
Kowloon Tong
Hong Kong

Venue website


ISTA event coordinator

Keriann O’Rourke


Important information

Booking is now closed. Please email if still interested in a place. Late booking and amendment fees now apply.

Early-bird registration closed Friday 26th July 2019. Late registration closed 23rd August 2019.
Artist travel forms are due 9th August 2019



All artists should plan to fly into Hong Kong International Airport.

Participants are advised to arrive into Hong Kong by evening on Thursday 5th September 2019 and should not plan to leave HKBU until after the last session finishes at 3:00pm on Sunday 8th September 2019. Early departures should be avoided, but if incurred will mean ISTA can only issue a certificate of partial attendance.



All participants will be asked to book their own hotel accommodation.


Registration fees

Teachers from member schools – GBP £595.

Teachers from non-member schools – GBP £645.

Fees include lunches and tea/coffee breaks daily; master class and theatre ticket.


ISTA t-shirt – GBP £12.
Late registrants will not be able to order a t-shirt.

Any bookings or amendments taken in the six weeks prior to the workshop will incur additional GBP £50 late booking/amendment surcharges, subject to availability.


Lunches are provided daily along with tea/coffee breaks; breakfast and evening meals are not included.

Please find below the relevant documentation for you to download:


Starts on Friday 06 September at 09:00
Finishes on Sunday 08 September at 15:00


Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU)
Shaw Campus
Renfrew Road
Kowloon Tong
Hong Kong


• Andrew Stevenson
• Christopher Hoskins
• Dawnette Dryer
• Ellen Williams
• Emily Norman
• George Juma
• Jasmine Moir
• Jonathan Sanger
• Kathleen O’Connor
• Kirk Holland
• Tiarnee Kim


• Avital Manor Peleg
• Steve Reynolds