ISTA present...

TEAM and analysing live theatre with Simon Bell (morning Americas)

April 24, 2021

Booking Closed

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

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

About the workshop

Exploring TEAM and analysing live performance

Workshop description
The workshop will explore what we mean by Tension, Emotion, Atmosphere and Meaning, how they can be created and how to look for them and explain them.

Why is this focal area important within the context of the course?
TEAM is related to all four areas of the course: working with play texts, theatre theory, collaboratively creating theatre and examining world theatre traditions. You need to be able to identify moments of TEAM, know how to create them and how to interrogate them. If you are able to do so, then you will have greater success in specific criteria in all four assessment tasks.

Learning outcomes for participants
Having taken part in this workshop students will:
Understand the meaning of TEAM.
Be able to create moments of tension, emotion, atmosphere and meaning.
Be able to analyse live performance through a variety of approaches.
Understand how to identify moments of TEAM in live performance.
Interrogate how TEAM has been created in live performance.

Why/how is this session of value to DP Theatre students?
The acronym TEAM (Tension, Emotion, Atmosphere and Meaning) is mentioned throughout the Theatre Guide. It is a way of looking and analysing Theatre. Students need to understand all facets of this in order to approach the four assessment tasks. Through participating in this session, students will gain confidence in understanding this crucial aspect which sits at the heart of the course.

Target audience
DP Theatre students

About your workshop leader

I was born in the United Kingdom, trained as an actor in Bristol and worked professionally as an actor/director before becoming a theatre teacher in the UK and US. I am now a freelance theatre artist who travels the world looking for exciting creative opportunities and the best beaches.

My main interests as a theatre artist are in devised collaborative theatre and physical acting. My training is focussed in Lecoq’s pedagogy and in my own devised work, and I am passionate about exploring social and political ideas through physicality. I have experience working with Complicit√©, Frantic Assembly and Gecko, and these companies inform much of my practice.

I have extensive experience with the IB DP Theatre and MYP courses and have led Category 1, 2 and 3 teacher training workshops for ISTA. I also work as a creative director, SEL at TaPS/festivals and master class leader and am thrilled to be part of such an incredible community of theatre artists.

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

Theatre journal

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 24 April at 16:00
Finishes on Saturday 24 April at 18:00


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