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New York IB training - DP Theatre Category 1, 2 & 3 (Staging Play Texts)

October 19 - October 21, 2023

Booking Closed

PLEASE NOTE: Category 1 & 2 are now full. Category 3 spaces still available.

PLEASE NOTE: All bookings from 15th September 2023 will not include theatre tickets.

This IB training runs alongside our New York student TaPS Perspectives event. Click here for more information.

About the workshop

Training goals
Category 1 (now FULL)
This training is recommended for teachers of Theatre from schools which have taken the decision to apply to offer the Diploma programme or new or recently appointed Theatre teachers from IB World Schools.

Category 2 (now FULL)
This training is recommended for experienced Theatre teachers from IB World Schools. Teachers must have either attended a previous Category 1 training in Theatre OR have been teaching DP Theatre for a number of years.

Category 3 – Staging Play Texts
This workshop provides a forum for you, as DP theatre teachers, to focus on directing and designing play texts, internal assessment, the staging play texts syllabus area and the production proposal assessment task. You will engage in practical activities to deepen your understanding of the concepts behind the internal assessment component of the Production Proposal and its requirements.

The workshop will also address key areas regarding teaching and the exploration and staging of play texts, as well as presenting new ideas regarding how to best prepare students for the production proposal assessment task. Student samples will be used both to help you understand how the criteria are applied and to demonstrate particular features of staging play texts.

You will also practically examine a range of play texts and their staging. You will collaboratively generate useful resources, engage with new approaches and develop appropriate materials in a manner that supports the IB mission statement, the learner profile and other core areas of the Diploma Programme.

Target audience
All teachers of the NEW DP Theatre course beginning in 2022 for cohorts graduating in May/November 2024.

Unsure about which Category of training is the best fit for you? Check out our Guide to selecting the best fit Category here.

Specialist Session
All participants will take part in one specialist session.

Details to be confirmed.

All participants will view two professional theatre performances as part of the workshop.

Thursday 19th October
Kimberly Akimbo

KIMBERLY AKIMBO features Tony Award-winning book and lyrics by DAVID LINDSAY-ABAIRE (Rabbit Hole), a Tony Award-winning score by JEANINE TESORI (Fun Home), choreography by DANNY MEFFORD (Dear Evan Hansen) and direction by Tony-nominated director JESSICA STONE.

Kimberly (Tony Award winner VICTORIA CLARK) is about to turn 16 and recently moved with her family to a new town in suburban New Jersey. In this “howlingly funny heartbreaker of a show” (The New Yorker), Kim is forced to navigate family dysfunction, a rare genetic condition, her first crush…and possible felony charges. Ever the optimist, she is determined to find happiness against all odds and embark on a great adventure.

Venue: Broadway at the Booth Theatre (222 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036), located on 45th Street between 7th and 8th Avenue

Friday 20th October
The Making of a Great Moment
Directed by JAMES BARRY

Big dreams travel best on two wheels! Actors Mona and Terry are on an ambitious quest: tour their play Great Moments in Human Achievement across the country… by bicycle. Surely they’ll bring inspiration to millions! But as they pedal across the nation reenacting history’s high points, finding laundry facilities proves just as tough as their unruly audiences. When the day is done, can our heroes manage a great moment of their own? An exuberant comedy about all the potholes on the road to sheer brilliance.

Venue: 555 8th Avenue, RM 1800 New York, NY 10018

Please note that The Making of A Great Moment is performed in a small theatre. All participants will see both shows but on different nights to accommodate the smaller theatre space of Urban Stages. Urban Stages have arranged a double viewing of the production so on Thursday there will be two performances and Friday night there will be one performance. All participants will see the shows in their school groups and further information will be shared in due course.

About your workshop leader


Important information

Ripley Grier Studios
520 8th Ave 16th floor
New York
NY 10018
United States

Event Manager
Sophie Galton –

For participants
Registration is now open.
Registration will close on 5th October 2023.

Workshop timings
The workshop begins at 9am on Thursday 19th October 2023 and ends at 12:30pm on Saturday 21st October 2023.

Please note
It is a requirement of the IBO that participants attend all sessions on all days to receive a certificate.
Participants with unavoidable conflicts must contact the Event Manager before the training begins.


Registration fees
ISTA Members – GBP £790
Non ISTA Members – GBP £845
T-Shirt – GBP £20

Total cost per participant
ISTA Members – GBP £810
Non ISTA Members – GBP £865

Please note
Fees include tickets for two theatre performances.
Any bookings or amendments taken in the six weeks prior to the workshop will incur an additional GBP £50 late booking/amendment surcharge, subject to availability.
Once booked and invoiced the registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable as per event terms and conditions.
Late registrants will not be able to order a t-shirt.

Travel and visas

Participants are advised to arrive in New York City on the evening of Wednesday 18th October 2023 and should not plan to leave Ripley Grier Studios until after the close of the last session at 12:30pm on Saturday 21st October 2023.

Please note
It is a requirement of the IBO to attend all sessions on all days to receive a certificate.
Late arrivals and early departures will result in the participant not receiving a certificate for the training. Please plan travel accordingly.
Participants with unavoidable conflicts must contact the Event Manager before the training begins
Please ensure you have the correct visa to enter the United States
Participants are responsible for getting to and from the venue and theatre during the event.

Nearest airports/train stations
JFK International
La Guardia International
New Jersey Newark International

Train stations
Penn Station
Grand Central Terminal


Participants will be asked to book and pay for their own hotel accommodation. We advise you choose accommodation close to Ripley Grier Studios.

No meals or refreshments are provided as part of this event due to restrictions at Ripley Grier.

What to bring

Current DP Theatre Course Guide (ask your IB coordinator to provide if you do not have it) .
Any materials shared with you prior to the workshop such as the workbook.
A notebook and pencil are always useful.

Download & Forms

Please find below the relevant documentation for you to download:


Starts on Thursday 19 October at 09:00
Finishes on Saturday 21 October at 12:30
(Local Time)


Ripley Grier Studios
520 Eighth Avenue (Bet. 36th & 37th Streets)
16th Floor
New York, NY 10018

Venue website:


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