ISTA present...

Practical and Physical Research with Fenella Kelly

November 27, 2021

Multi Region Event: Asia & Europe / Americas & Europe

Please note that this event is available to book in two regions. For more detailed time zone information, please see the ‘Important information’ section below and select your chosen region when you ‘Book now’.

About the workshop

Practical and Physical Research

Workshop description
This spotlight focuses on how to carry out academic and practical research for a variety of assessment tasks in the theatre classroom. It will also focus on the stages of a process of learning, how to document a process and what is meant by applied research.

Learning outcomes for participants

  • Different approaches to research and the range of different types of sources available.
  • How to apply research to the needs of a variety of assessment tasks.
  • Ways to approach research academically and practically.
  • Ways to carry out and document physical research processes
  • How to meet the needs of Academic honesty in presentations, processes and written documents.

Why/how is this session of value to Theatre students?
Many theatre programmes require students to carry out academic and practical research as part of their theatre making process and as a component of assessment tasks. Effective research practices allow the student to maintain an authentic voice through their work, embracing Academic Honesty, with the work of others identified at the point of use.

Target audience
All theatre students

About your workshop leader

Fenella Kelly
I am an international drama specialist, teacher, teacher trainer and dancer. I co-founded the International Theatre company in Istanbul, was a member of the Physical Theatre company in Brazil and in contemporary dance companies in the United Kingdom, India, Brazil and Egypt. Now I am a freelance artist based in the UK.

I love all the performing arts and play the flute and saxophone in bands, learn drumming and sing in choirs. I also teach and perform Latin American dances including salsa and tango. Since 2008 I have been learning Kathakali and now teach and perform this dance-theatre tradition.

My own research has been vast over the years. On top of research in an educational capacity, I carried out academic, physical and applied research to become a Laban dancer and Kathakali performer. For over 25 years I have taught students in schools how to research and have trained teachers for almost as long. I am the principal examiner for the DP Theatre Research Presentation where I train examiners how to assess research. I also advise teachers and students on the best way to present research findings.

Important information

Event Coordinator
Sophie Galton

Workshop timings
Region 1 – Asia & Europe
07:00 – 9:00 GMT (Greenwich Mean time)
08:00 – 10:00 CET (Central European Time)
15:00 – 17:00 SST (Singapore Standard Time)

Region 2 – Americas & Europe
09:00 – 11:00 EST (Eastern Standard Time)
14:00 – 16:00 GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)
15:00 – 17:00 CET (Central European Time)

The virtual spotlight will take place on Zoom.
Joining instructions will be emailed to participants 24 hours before the event.
Places are limited to 25 participants.


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

What to bring

Any materials shared with you prior to the spotlight, such as the workbook. Plus anything requested by the workshop leader which will also be shared with you prior to the workshop.

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:


Asia & Europe

Starts on Saturday 27 November at 15:00
Finishes on Saturday 27 November at 17:00
(SST - Singapore Standard Time)

Americas & Europe

Starts on Saturday 27 November at 15:00
Finishes on Saturday 27 November at 17:00
(CET - Central European Time)


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