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Teaching Staging Play Texts using the DP Theatre Student Handbook

June 28, 2023 - July 13, 2023

Multi Region Event: Asia Pacific / Africa, Europe & Middle East / Americas

Booking Closed

New Approaches to Teaching

Staging Play Texts and the Production Proposal with ISTA DP Theatre specialists

Please note that this event is available to book in three 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

Staging play texts and the production proposal: Using the IB DP Theatre Student Handbook

Workshop description
The staging play texts syllabus area engages students with play texts and the processes involved in transforming a play text into stage action using performance and production elements. This workshop will present activities and approaches that will support students in the creation of the production proposal assessment task

About the DP Theatre Student Handbook:
This unique resource has been produced to both supplement course delivery from a subject-specialist teacher and to help steer those students who are working independently. It is suitable for both individual and collaborative work, with each chapter mapping the important stages of the theatre assessment tasks.

  • Developed to closely follow the IB Theatre guide (first assessment 2024)
  • Written by experienced international theatre education experts
  • Loaded with accurate assessment support, directly from the IB
  • Fully aligned with the IB philosophy and principles

Area of learning The world of theatre

Learning Outcomes
Participants will explore and experiment with selected material and activities designed to support students in the following areas:

  • Productions you have experienced
  • Choosing a play text
  • The ideas in the play
  • Theatre-maker intentions
  • Visual design ideas
  • Staging moments of tension, emotion, atmosphere and/or meaning
  • Preparing for assessment: Structuring your production proposal

Target Audience:
DP Theatre teachers teaching the new course (First assessment 2024)

Level: All

About your workshop leaders

Simon Bell – Americas
Simon Bell trained as an actor in Bristol and worked professionally as an actor/director before becoming a theatre teacher in the UK and US. In addition to working as a freelance theatre artist who travels the world looking for exciting creative opportunities and the best beaches, he also now teaches drama and theatre at United Nations International School in Manhattan, USA. Simon has extensive experience with the IB DP Theatre and MYP courses and leads Category 1, 2 and 3 DP Theatre teacher training workshops for ISTA.

Fenella Kelly – Africa/Europe/Middle East
Fenella Kelly is a master Drama teacher, theatre principal examiner, educational consultant, dancer, musician and respected teacher trainer of Drama and Theatre (MYP, GCSE, A Level and IB Diploma) with over 30 years of experience in International Schools. She started out as a primary teacher, but the majority of her experience has been with MS/HS and DP students. She is an experienced director, devisor, choreographer, dance/theatre company member and events coordinator. She performs and teaches Kathakali dance theatre, which she has been studying since 2004. She has extensive experience of contemporary & Latin dances and plays the flute and saxophone

Kieran Burgess – Asia Pacific
Kieran Burgess is a practitioner, teacher and student of theatre as well as a photographer, an author and a school leader. He has worked professionally in theatres across the UK, Japan and Singapore as a designer, stage manager, director and actor, and currently lives in Switzerland. He is a passionate advocate of an IB education, facilitating workshops in leadership, pedagogy and programme implementation, including DP Theatre, and conducting school evaluation visits. He was a member of the DP Theatre curriculum review team and piloted the 2022+ course, and enjoys his role as senior examiner.

Important Information

Event Manager
Keriann O’Rourke

Workshop timings

Please note that workshops fall on different days in different regions. Please read dates and times carefully when making your selection.

Here is a helpful website to determine times for time zones not listed below: World Clock Meeting Planner – Time Zones

Region 1: Asia Pacific with Kieran Burgess
Wednesday, 28th June 2023
10:00 am – 11:30 am BST [British Summer Time]
11:00 am – 12:30 pm CEST [Central European Summer Time]
5:00pm – 6:30 pm SST [Singapore Standard Time]

Region 2 Africa / Europe / Middle East with Fenella Kelly
Monday, 3rd July 2023
9:00 am – 10:30 am BST [British Summer Time]
10:00 am – 11:30 am CEST [Central European Summer Time]
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm SST [Singapore Standard Time]

Region 3: Americas with Simon Bell
Thursday, 13th July 2023
9:00 am – 10:30 am PDT [Pacific Daylight Time]
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm EDT [Eastern Daylight Time]
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm BST [British Summer Time]

  • The workshop will take place on Zoom.
  • Joining instructions will be emailed to participants 24 hours before the event.
  • Some familiarity with Google Drive, Google Docs etc. would be helpful, but is not a requirement.
  • Places are limited to 25 participants per region


ISTA Members: GBP £60 per person
Non members: GBP £75 per person

DP Theatre Student Handbook is not included in the price of the workshop and must be purchased separately.

Please note:

  • Once booked and invoiced the registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable as per our event terms and conditions (which can be viewed in ‘Downloads and Forms’).
  • Invoices must be paid prior to the event (either within 21 days of issue or for later bookings any time prior to the event) or the booking will be cancelled.

What to bring


  • Copy of the current DP Theatre Course Guide (May 2022)
  • Any materials shared with you prior to the workshop.
  • A notebook and pencil are always useful.

A copy of the DP Theatre Student Handbook.

Purchasing information

For orders of 8 or more copies please email

The book is available for anyone to purchase through the book distributor Booklogix (based in the USA).



For ISTA Members

ISTA Members are provided with an additional purchasing option of ordering directly through ISTA (shipping from the UK). Members are required to log into their ISTA account to view their purchasing options in the ‘Membership Benefits‘ section of their account.

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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 Pacific

Starts on Wednesday 28 June at 17:00
Finishes on Wednesday 28 June at 18:30
(SST - Singapore Standard Time)

Africa, Europe & Middle East

Starts on Monday 03 July at 10:00
Finishes on Monday 03 July at 11:30
(CEST - Central European Summer Time)


Starts on Thursday 13 July at 12:00
Finishes on Thursday 13 July at 13:30
(EDT - Eastern Daylight Time)


• Anna Werbińska
• Chansil Seo
• Csilla Szabo
• Erin Housam Umicevic
• Esin Cole
• Fay Eddy
• Gillian Lynch
• Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson
• Hannah Northcott
• Hazel Rigg
• Helen Bamford
• Jamie McBurney
• Jane Williams
• JL Murdoch
• Jodie Dodington
• Jody Hanna
• Jonathan Cohen
• Julia Watson
• Mandi Randell
• Mary Bogrette
• Sabina Sitoianu
• Sara Carter
• Sebnem Ramzey
• Sharin Park
• Soyoung Kim
• Tamarin Carlson
• Tiara Mia
• Tiffany Greer


• Fenella Kelly
• Kieran Burgess
• Simon Bell