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How do we know what we know: Theatre and theory of knowledge with Nita Dewse (Reprise)

November 5, 2022

Multi Region Event: Asia/Europe / Americas

Booking Closed

This event is a reprise of the workshop run by Nita in May 2022.  The content and activities will be the same.

Please note 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

Workshop title
How we know what we know: Theatre and Theory of Knowledge (Reprise)

Workshop description

Art is the lie that brings us closer to the truth.
This workshop is inspired by Pablo Picasso’s famous quote which helps us to glean the purpose of the Arts. This workshop will help you engage philosophically with knowledge in the arts and theatre specifically. It will help you to make connections between your teaching, the methodology of other subject areas and the big questions of life related to how we know anything! All in an hour and a half!

Can you spot the lie yet?

Area of Learning
The global learner

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  • engage with big questions using personal knowledge to support your ideas, and analyse where this knowledge comes from (experience, culture, community) and how this might affect our perspectives, ethics and bias;
  • understand the different interpretations of the word ‘truth’ from objective truths to personal faith and the role that evidence plays in this;
  • better understand the methodology and purpose of theatre and its role in discovering ‘the truth’ and how this in turn influences how your students know things about themselves and the world around them

Target audience
Secondary theatre and arts teachers, teachers of DP Theatre, and any teacher interested in philosophy


About your workshop leader

Nita Dewse

I’ve been teaching Theory of Knowledge for the last 4 years and really love how it has added depth to my regular teaching. Despite the fact that this sort of thinking regularly makes my brain hurt, it has also helped to confirm why the Arts are so important in a student’s life; how grappling with emotion, intuition and faith provide balance to an education system that mostly assesses language, memory and reason.

However, it has also helped me see the connections between other subject areas as well – the beauty of mathematics or the imagination of a scientist for example. The main unifyng thing, however, is humankind’s constant quest for finding ‘the truth’. Despite the different approaches taken across subject areas, mankind’s desire to understand ‘how we fit into the world/universe’ is a great unifier and Theatre plays a great role in this across all cultures and ages.

Important information

Event Manager
Keriann O’Rourke

Workshop timings for Saturday, 5th November 2022

Region 1: Asia/Europe
8:00am-9:30am GMT [Greenwich Mean Time]
9:00am – 10:30am CET [Central European Time]
4pm-5:30 pm SST [Singapore Standard Time]

Region 2: Americas
2:00pm-3:30 pm PDT [Pacific Daylight Time]
5:00pm – 6:30pm EDT [Eastern Daylight 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 £52 per person
Non members GBP £65 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:



Starts on Saturday 05 November at 16:00
Finishes on Saturday 05 November at 17:30
(SST - Singapore Standard Time)


Starts on Saturday 05 November at 17:00
Finishes on Saturday 05 November at 18:30
(EDT - Eastern Daylight Time)


• Bernie DeLeo
• Eva Kristina Strassmayer
• Joanna Cassidy
• Jodie Dodington
• Rachel Laney
• Sarah Graves
• Shannon Lynch
• Sofia Martyn
• Tori Scoles
• Tria Sismalinda


• Nita Dewse