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New York TaPS Perspectives 2022

October 20 - October 22, 2022

Wait List

This event is currently sold out.  Please contact the Event Manager to inquire about a waiting list.

Please note there is also an IB Workshop for DP Theatre Category 1 alongside this event. Please see here for details.

TaPS goals

ISTA TaPS PERSPECTIVES gives IB DP Theatre students the unique opportunity to work intensively with a series of 4 current and practising theatre professionals who each specialise in:

Collaboratively creating original theatre
Staging play texts
Exploring world theatre traditions
Performing theatre theory

Working with IB theatre students from different schools, DP Theatre students will engage with each of these specialists as well as having a workshop with an IB DP Theatre specialist. The IB DP Theatre specialist will help the students to reflect on and consider how to apply their learning from TaPS to their own IB DP course. This gives students the opportunity to frame and make the most of each of their sessions with the professional artists.

Primarily working with specialist artists, usually sourced from cultural organisations where the TaPS will be held, offers us the opportunity to work with and contribute to the cultural ecology of the places where TAPS takes place.

ISTA TaPS Perspectives provides students with an understanding of how the syllabus areas of the IB DP Theatre course are applied to real-life, current theatre practice. It acts as a launchpad for students’ explorations of theatre to further pursue once back in their own schools.

Working with DP Theatre students from different schools broadens perspectives, forges friendships and enhances all learning.

Master classes
All teacher chaperones will take part in two master classes (MCs) focusing on a specific aspect of Theatre.
MCs for this TaPS Perspectives will be confirmed by May 2022.

All participants will attend two professional theatre performances.
The productions on offer at this TaPS will be confirmed by June 2022

Download the TaPS perspectives fact sheet here.



Registration fees
Member schools – GBP £320
Non member schools – GBP £384

ISTA T-shirt: GBP £12

Total cost per student
Member schools – GBP £332
Non member schools – GBP £396

Regisration fees
GBP £120

ISTA T-shirt: GBP £12

Total cost per teacher/chaperone
GBP £132

Please note
Registration will open on 1st June 2022
Registration closes on 8th September 2022.

All registration fees and surcharges will be invoiced once the registration window has closed.

We appreciate that some schools will already have confirmed students so please register your group as soon as possible from this date onwards.

All registrations must be submitted by 8th September 2022 to allow for finalising theatre tickets.

A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit will be sent with the booking confirmation; this amount will be deducted from your final invoice.
The deposit will be as follows:

For bookings of 1 – 10 students GBP £500.
For bookings of 11 – 15 students GBP £750.
For bookings of 16 or more students GBP £1,000.

Please refer to our event terms and conditions for details of late registration/cancellation fees.


Theatre performance #1

Theatre performance: Leopoldstadt play
Venue: Longacre Theatre
220 West 48th Street
Date and time: Thursday October 20th 2022

About the performance
‘An unforgettable play from the heart.’ – The Telegraph
TOM STOPPARD returns to Broadway with his critically acclaimed, Olivier Award-winning new play, the humane and heartbreaking ‘LEOPOLDSTADT.’
Set in Vienna, the play takes its title from the Jewish quarter. This passionate drama of love and endurance begins in the last days of 1899 and follows one extended family deep into the heart of the 20th century. Full of his customary wit and beauty, Stoppard’s late work spans fifty years of time over two hours.
‘This is a momentous new play. Tom Stoppard has reached back into his own family history to craft a work that is both epic and intimate; that is profoundly personal, but which concerns us all.’ – Financial Times
With a cast of 38 actors and direction by Patrick Marber, ‘LEOPOLDSTADT’ will play on Broadway beginning September 14.
This ‘unforgettable family saga’ (The Sunday Times) must not be missed.
Website: Leopoldstadt play

Theatre performance #2

Theatre performance: 1776
Venue: American Airlines Theatre
Date and time: Friday 21st October 2022

About the performance
What will it take to get two dozen powerfully passionate, exceedingly complicated, and all-too-human individuals to settle their differences, while they hold the very future of a nation in their hands? This Tony Award-winning Best Musical is tuneful, funny, and constantly surprising, especially in this revolutionary new production from directors Jeffrey L. Page and Diane Paulus. You may never think about our country—who we are and why—the same way again.
Website: 1776

Travel & visas

For participants
Participants are advised to arrive into New York City by evening on Wednesday, 19th October 2022 and should not plan to leave the venue before 3:00pm on Saturday, 22nd October.

Please note:
International travel should be planned accordingly.
It is the responsibility of the schools/participants to ensure they have the appropriate visas, as required.
Schools/participants are responsible for ensuring they meet any COVID-19 travel regulations as required.

For ISTA artists
For non-local artists
Artists are advised to arrive in New York City in time for dinner on Wednesday 19th October 2022 and should not plan to leave the venue before 3:30pm on Saturday, 22nd October 2022.

We plan a standing ovation session for artists following the close of the event.

For NYC based artists
Artists will arrange their own local transportation and are advised to arrive at the venue at least 30 minutes before their first scheduled session each day.

Please note:
International travel should be planned accordingly.
Please ensure you have the correct visa to enter the United States.
Artists are responsible for ensuring they meet any COVID-19 travel regulations as required.


For participants
All participants are responsible for booking their own accommodation in New York City for the duration of TaPS. We advise that you book hotels/hostels near the venue.

For ISTA artists
ISTA will book accommodation for non-local ISTA artists for the nights of the 19th, 20th and 21st October 2022.


For participants
No meals are provided as part of this event.

For ISTA artists
Artists will be provided with a per diem for meals. Breakfast will be provided at the hotel.

Download & Forms

Please find below the relevant documentation for you to download:


Starts on Thursday 20 October at 09:00
Finishes on Saturday 22 October at 15:00
(Local Time)


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

Venue website:


• Central High School, Springfield
• Clarkstown North High School
• Glenlyon Norfolk School
• Melbourne High school
• San Jacinto Valley Academy
• St John’s School – Vancouver
• Sturgis Charter Schools
• The Newman School, Boston
• United Nations International School (USA)
• Upper Canada College