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New York TaPS Perspectives 2023

October 19 - October 21, 2023

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Please note there is also an IB Workshop for DP Theatre Category 1, 2 & 3 (Staging Play Texts) alongside this event. Details available soon.

Artistic information

New York TaPS Perspectives

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 from Movement Theatre Studio led by Adrienne Kapstein
Staging play texts led by Ianthe Demos from One Year Lease Theater Company
Exploring world theatre traditions led by Department of Fools
Performing theatre theory led by Leon Ingulsrud with a focus on SITI Company

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.

Specialist workshop
All educator chaperones will take part in one 3 hour specialist workshop focusing on a specific aspect of theatre.

Specialist Workshop leader and session information for this TaPS Perspectives will be confirmed by May 2023.

All participants will attend two professional theatre performances.

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.

Important information

Event dates
Thursday 19th to Saturday 21st October 2023

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

Venue website

The event starts at:
10:00am on Thursday 19th October 2023
The event finishes at:
3:00pm on Saturday 21st October 2023

Event Manager
Sophie Galton

For participants
Booking opens 13th March 2023
Registration opens 13th March 2023
Registration closes 7th September 2023

All final information will be available for participants 2-3 weeks prior to the event.


Registration fee
Member Organisations: GBP £340
Non-member Organisations: GBP £395

Registration fee includes the TaPS Perspectives Student Journal/Handbook.

ISTA t-shirt – GBP £20

Total cost per student
Member Organisations: GBP £360
Non-member Organisations: GBP £415

Registration fees
Members: GBP £140
Non-members: GBP £160

ISTA t-shirt – GBP £20

Total cost per teacher/chaperone
Members – GBP £160
Non-members – £180

Please note:
Registration will open on 13th March 2023
Registration closes 7th September 2023

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 7th September 2023, to allow for finalising theatre tickets and where applicable, catering, transportation etc. ahead of the event.

Once submitted, you will receive a non-refundable and non-transferable deposit invoice. Deposits are charged as follows:

1-5 students – GBP £500
6-10 students – GBP £800
11-15 GBP £1,100
16 or more £1,500

Your place at the event will only be confirmed if we receive payment of your deposit within 21 days.

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

Travel and visas

For participants
Participants are advised to arrive into New York City by evening of Wednesday 18th October 2023 before day 1 and should not plan to leave the venue before 3:00pm on Saturday 21st October 2023.

Please note:
It is the responsibility of the schools/participants to ensure they have the appropriate visas, as required.

Are you looking to add some sightseeing experiences to your trip? Check out ISTA’s exciting travel add-on opportunities.

Click here to view the New York travel add-on experiences


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 participants
No meals are provided as part of this event.

What to bring

Appropriate attire
All participants must bring clothing that is suitable for physically active workshops during the day (athletic wear, PE kit, performance blacks, etc.)
Outfits suitable for attending theatre performances in the evening.

Please note:
Participants not dressed appropriately for physically active workshops may be asked to sit-out.
Participants may be asked to remove footwear, jewellery etc. for some workshops.

e-Programme downloaded on laptop or printed out (working on phones is not ideal)
Notebook for note taking
Any materials requested by the Workshop leaders (printed text, notes on pre-reading/viewing activities etc.) details will be in the e-Programme
Pens, pencils, highlighters etc.
Refillable water bottle

Download & Forms

Please find below the relevant documentation for you to download:


Starts on Thursday 19 October at 10:00
Finishes on Saturday 21 October at 15:00
(Local Time)


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

Venue website:


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