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Practical and physical research in Theatre with Fenella Kelly (online 3 - Saturday morning Americas)

December 12, 2020

This event is for students only.

This event takes place at 4:00-6:00pm UK time (11:00am-1:00pm US Eastern Standard time).

While scheduled, primarily, as a Saturday morning workshop for students in the Americas, DP Theatre students, globally, are invited to attend.

About the workshop

Practical and physical research in theatre

Workshop description
This workshop focuses on all the types of research that are required during the Diploma Theatre course and for the four assessment tasks. It will explore the nature of sources that are required, how to document research, cite sources and also explore academic and somatic research approaches.

Why is this focal area important within the context of the course?
All areas of the core curriculum and the four assessment tasks require research in some shape or form, and all require slightly different approaches.

Learning outcomes for participants
Students will learn:
The range of different types of sources available.
How to identify appropriate resource material for different areas of research.
Ways to approach reach academically and practically.
How to meet the needs of Academic honesty in presentations, processes and written documents.

Why/how is this session of value to DP Theatre students?
Students must carry out research into world theatre traditions, conventions, plays, devising companies and starting points. For HL students this includes research into theorists and theory. This workshop prepares students to carry out this research effectively and independently.

Target audience
All students of IB DP Theatre

About your workshop leader
I have worked for ISTA since 1999, was on the board of trustees for six years and am now an Honorary Life Member. Since 1999 I have hosted festivals on four continents (introducing ISTA to South America) and taken on the roles of creative director, Rep, teacher workshop leader, student ensemble leader for TaPS and artist in residence.
I have been teaching Diploma Theatre since 2001. Since 2003 I have been a Diploma Theatre examiner and have been the Principal Examiner for the Research Presentation since 2013. I am also a Kathakali workshop leader and performer.
During my 30 year international career I have been fortunate enough to work with many communities around the world to address issues through theatre. Through my work with a theatre company in Brazil, villages in Ethiopia, with children and mothers in slums in India, with asylum seekers in the UK, I have developed ways to implement theatre tools to explore challenging issues. Each experience has demanded a different approach. Learning how to enable people to have a voice, so they can address issues and bring about change for good, is one of the roads I continue to travel.

Important information

Event coordinator
Sophie Galton

The workshop will take place using the platform Zoom.

Places are limited to 20 participants per workshop.

You will receive a link to the Zoom call the day before the workshop.


The cost of the session is GBP £20 per person.

What to bring

Current research
Notebooks or paper and pen

Space requirements
If possible, please try to have a small amount of space near to you for any practical work.

Download & Forms

Please find below the relevant documentation for you to download:


Starts on Saturday 12 December at 16:00
Finishes on Saturday 12 December at 18:00


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