ISTA present...

New York TaPS

October 10 - October 12, 2019



There will also be IB DP training at this workshop – Category 1 and Category 2. For teachers interested in attending IB training, whether bringing students or attending alone, please visit the New York IB workshop webpage.

Master classes

Students will take part in 2 master classes, each lasting 90 minutes.
Moment Work with Tectonic Theater Project and Beijing Opera with Chinese Theatre Works.

Professional development and learning (PD&L)

We invite all teachers/chaperones not taking part in IB training to take part in two PD&L workshops at no additional cost.
Either Moment Work with Tectonic Theater Project or Beijing Opera with Chinese Theatre Works.

Theatre performances

All participants will attend two professional theatre performances.

Firstly and in a change to that previously advertised.

Beetlejuice at The Winter Garden Theatre.

The ghost-with-the-most comes to the stage in this edgy and irreverent musical comedy based on Tim Burton’s dearly beloved film. BEETLEJUICE tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager obsessed with the whole “being dead thing.” Lucky for Lydia, her new house is haunted by a recently deceased couple and Beetlejuice, a delightful demon with a real zest for life. When Lydia calls on Beetlejuice to scare away anyone with a pulse, this double-crossing specter shows his true stripes, unleashing a (Nether)world of pandemonium, and the biggest sandworm Broadway has ever seen.


And To Kill a Mockingbird at the Shubert Theatre.

The world premiere of Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin’s new play, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher (Oslo, The King and I), comes to Broadway in a production starring Jeff Daniels, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Will Pullen, and Gbenga Akinnagbe. Published in 1960, Harper Lee’s debut novel To Kill a Mockingbird was an immediate and astonishing success. Now, for the first time ever, Harper Lee’s open-hearted dissection of justice and tolerance in the American South will be brought vividly to life on the Broadway stage.

To Kill a Mockingbird

Please note – theatre productions may be subject to change according to numbers and factors outside our control.



ISTA event coordinator

Sophie Galton

Important information

Booking is now open.

The registration window will open on Thursday 29th August 2019.
The registration window will close on Thursday 12th September 2019.

Travel forms from artists are due on Thursday 12th September 2019.

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


Participants are advised to arrive into New York by evening on 9th October 2019 and should not plan to leave the venue before 3:00pm on Saturday 12th October 2019.

Please note:
All international travel should be planned accordingly.

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


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

ISTA will book accommodation for ISTA artists for the nights of 9th, 10th and 11th October 2019.




Registration fee:
Students from member schools – GBP £300.
Students from non member schools – GBP £335.

ISTA t-shirt – GBP £12.

Total cost per student
Member schools – GBP £312.
Non member schools – GBP £347.


Registration fee
GBP £90 (2 x theatre tickets).

ISTA t-shirt – GBP £12.

Total cost per teacher
GBP £102.

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

A GBP £500 – non refundable, non-transferable deposit will be sent with the booking confirmation; this amount will be deducted from your final invoice.


No meals are provided as part of this TAPS.

Please find below the relevant documentation for you to download:


Starts on Thursday 10 October at 09:00
Finishes on Saturday 12 October at 15:00


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

Venue website:


• Atlanta International School
• Bellaire High School
• British School of Brussels
• Central High School
• Cheshire Academy
• Clarkstown High School North
• Glenlyon Norfolk School, Canada
• Rampart High School
• Ridley College
• San Jacinto Valley Academy
• Sturgis Charter Schools
• Windermere Preparatory School


• Kate Friend
• Marsha Yalden
• Mike Caemmerer
• Sam Pierce
• Timothy Reid
• Tom Scott