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

October 17 - October 19, 2024

About the IB workshop

Workshop goals

Category 1
The Category 1 DP Theatre workshop is designed to prepare participants to teach DP theatre in a manner that supports the IB mission statement and philosophy.

This workshop is recommended for teachers of IB DP Theatre from schools that are applying to offer the Diploma programme, or new/ recently appointed Theatre teachers from IB World Schools. They also provide professional development and assistance for educators in schools that have decided to or are considering, applying for IB authorisation. Educators who are new to a school with an existing IB programme or are interested in joining an IB school are also eligible. No previous knowledge is required.

Target audience
This workshop 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
This workshop is designed to provide a forum for experienced DP theatre teachers to focus on ways to develop programme delivery, assessment, teaching and learning.

This workshop is for experienced Theatre teachers from IB World Schools. Teachers must have either attended a previous Category 1 workshop in Theatre OR have been teaching DP Theatre for a number of years. The overall purpose of workshops in this category is to provide a forum for experienced IB educators to focus on assessment and programme delivery.

Target audience
All teachers of the NEW DP Theatre course beginning in 2022 for cohorts graduating in May/November 2024.
Diploma Programme (DP) Theatre teachers who have prepared students for at least one DP exam session in Theatre.

Category 3
ISTA’s Category 3 workshop is designed as a sophisticated platform for seasoned educators looking to expand their professional development repertoire. It offers participants an opportunity to delve deeply into specialised topics, honing their areas of interest and refining their expertise.

This advanced workshop encourages in-depth exploration and critical analysis, allowing educators to immerse themselves in the nuances of their chosen subjects. It’s an environment conducive to the exchange of high-level ideas and practices, aimed at further elevating teaching and learning experiences.

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

Specialist workshop
All participants will take part in one face to face specialist workshop.

At ISTA, we offer specialist workshops as part of all our IB DP Theatre Workshops. Our specialist workshop sessions aim to give participants a thorough insight into a specific aspect of theatre, enhancing their understanding and skills in a more concentrated manner. They aim to equip our IB DP Theatre teacher participants with new skills and knowledge that broaden their existing toolkit. By concentrating on a specific aspect of theatre practice, we introduce participants to the core of the field, igniting inspiration for further exploration and application in their teaching or creative work. Our sessions are designed to stimulate creative thinking and offer new approaches to theatre that participants can bring back to their classrooms or practice.

Title: TBC
Specialist workshop leader: TBC
Description: TBC

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

About your IB 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 3 October 2024

Workshop timings
The workshop begins at 9:00am on Thursday 17 October 2024 and finishes at 12:30pm on Saturday 19 October 2024.

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 workshop begins.

Financial information

Registration fees
ISTA Members – GBP £895
Non ISTA Members – GBP £955
T-Shirt – GBP £20 (optional)

Total cost per participant
ISTA Members – GBP £915 (with t-shirt)
Non ISTA Members – GBP £975 (with t-shirt)

Please note
Fees includes 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 & visas

Participants are advised to arrive at New York City on the evening of Wednesday 16 October 2024 and should not plan to leave Ripley Grier Studios until after the close of the last session at 12:30pm on
Saturday 19 October 2024.

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 workshop. Please plan travel accordingly.
Participants with unavoidable conflicts must contact the Event Manager before the workshop begins
Please ensure you have the correct visa to enter the United States of America.
Participants are responsible for getting to and from the venue and theatre during the event.

Nearest airports/train stations
John F Kennedy International Airport
Newark Liberty International Airport
LaGuardia International Airport
Penn Train Station

Accommodation & meals

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

Sadly owing to restrictions at Ripley Grier Studios we are unable to provide any lunches/refreshments.
There are a variety of eateries in the close vicinity of Ripley Grier Studios.

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 17 October at 09:00
Finishes on Saturday 19 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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• Jamie Sowers
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