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The Journal: documenting your Theatre journey with Fenella Kelly (afternoon Asia)

February 27, 2021

This event takes place at 6:00-8:00am UK time (2:00-4:00pm Singapore time).

While scheduled, primarily, as a Saturday afternoon workshop for students in Asia, DP Theatre students globally are invited to attend.

About the workshop

The Journal: documenting your Theatre journey

Workshop description
This workshop will explore what it means to journal and how this is essential and relevant to the course and assessment tasks. We will also explore a range of ways to approach documenting work from the different perspectives (performer, director, designer, creator and spectator) and how this material can be applied to the assessment tasks.

Why is this focal area important within the context of the course?
The journal and documentation of all areas of the core curriculum is at the heart of the Diploma Theatre course. Work recorded in the journal feeds directly into the assessment tasks and it is therefore essential that students know the value of their journal and how to use it effectively throughout their 2-year journey.

Learning outcomes for participants
Students will leave this session being able to do the following:
Utilise a range of ways how to approach journaling.
Understand the appropriate ways to journal for academic and practical tasks, workshops, processes and reflections.
Use journal entries in their learning processes.
Apply the content of their journal to the assessment tasks.
Journal effectively from a range of perspectives.

Why/how is this session of value to DP Theatre students?
Students need to use the journal to effectively document and reflect upon their work throughout the 2-year course and then refer to it to inform their assessment tasks. Therefore students need to understand the options available to them about how to record work in the journal (appropriate to the task or perspective), how important the journal is and how they can use it to its ultimate effect.

Target audience
Students of DP Theatre

About your workshop leader

I am an international drama specialist, teacher, teacher trainer and dancer. I co-founded the international theatre company in Istanbul, was a member of 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. I now teach and perform this dance-theatre tradition.

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 CD, Rep, TWL, SEL for TaPS and Artist in Residence.

Important information

Event coordinator
Keriann O’Rourke

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


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:


Saturday 27 February at 06:00