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Tuning in; Using theatre as a tool for community change. Hands on training for working with refugee and displaced young people

January 12 - January 14, 2024

Booking Closed

Due to the current situation unfolding in the Middle East, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone our upcoming studio ‘Tuning in’ that was due to take place in Jordan in January 2024. Whilst this was a difficult decision to make, given the unknown developments of the ongoing war in the region, we felt that postponing to a later date provides space for us to understand the developments and our work with Amala and the centre in Jordan. We are committed to the partnership we have with Amala and we are confident that we can share new dates soon with those who have already signed up to attend.

For anyone interested in our work with Amala and the partnership with the Amala centre in Jordan, please email

Beyond the international school
Hands on training for working with refugee and displaced young people

ISTA is continuing its partnership with Amala, an organisation whose mission is to use the power of education to transform the lives of refugees, their communities and the world, to offer a unique professional development and learning opportunity for artist-educators interested in theatre as a tool for change.

Following a hugely successful event in November 2022 – we are delighted to be able to return to Amman for another whilst we also explore further opportunities for us to collaborate in this hugely important work.

Please note, places are limited and we encourage you to apply early.

About Amala Education

Amala was established in 2017 with a bold aim to provide alternative upper secondary education to young refugees and crisis affected youth aged 16-25 who often face insurmountable obstacles to accessing education. By providing high quality education, Amala wants to enable refugee and conflict-affected youth to improve their own lives, participate in society and drive wider societal change.

About the workshop

Tuning in; Using theatre as a tool for community change

Workshop description
Working alongside ISTA trainers and Amala facilitators in an Amala learning site in the centre of Amman, Jordan, this three day training will provide you with new skills and approaches to apply to your own work both in and beyond your own context.

Providing participants with techniques and exercises using the ISTA Ensemble method which they can use as an approach to community building and communal consultation,
developing participants leadership and delivery skills individually and within a community setting

The hands-on training for artists educators will run in conjunction with and parallel to this. It will involve a combination of training, supporting, observing and participating.

Area of Learning
The global learner

Learning outcomes
The hands-on training for artists educators will run in conjunction with and parallel to this. It will involve a combination of training, supporting, observing and participating.

Target audience
This is a professional development opportunity for teachers and artists with an interest in community and refugee work.

Event Programme

Day 1: Working in different contexts
As artist educator you will work with ISTA artists, Amala representatives and Amala educators to:

  • Explore the ISTA Ensemble Method and how it can be applied in diverse learning environments
  • Learn about Amala and their work
  • Explore approaches to learner centred learning and inquiry
  • Learn strategies that develop community facilitators with practical theatre techniques and exercises that can be applied to community settings
  • Collaborate with facilitators who work with refugees and displaced young people.
  • Develop and build strategies for working with refugee and displaced young people.
  • Visit a local cultural location

Day 2: Learning in action: Community theatre techniques
As an artist educator you will work alongside the Amala students using the ISTA Ensemble Method to explore and deliver the following:

  • ISTA Ensemble building skills – ‘from I to we’
  • Communication and listening skills
  • Advocacy skills and how to use community stories to influence and bring about change
  • Frameworks and techniques for selecting and structuring your community story as a tool for change

Day 3: Learning in action: Staging stories as a tool for advocacy and change
As an artist educator you will support the learners using a variety of theatre techniques supporting them in the development of

Strong communication and presentation skills

Ways of using the arts and specific theatre techniques to explore community ideas and issues through forum and image theatre

Strategies and techniques for understanding how theatre can be used as a tool for change

In addition you will have a separate session to reflect on the workshop and plan how you will take your learning into your communities in order to continue this work.

Important Information

Amala Education
Q. Nour St.,
Amman, Jordan

Event Manager

Workshop dates & timings
Friday 12th January 2024 – Teacher session
Saturday 13th January 2024 – Amala students and teachers
Sunday 14th January 2024 – Amala students and teachers

Please note
Participants’ places are limited to 6 and are by application only. Please apply using this form


Member organisations – GBP £480
Non-member organisations – GBP £560

Please note that once booked and invoiced the registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable as per our event terms and conditions.

Travel & visas

Participants are responsible for making their own way to Amman, Jordan and to/from the venue each day.

Please ensure you have the appropriate visa to enter Jordan.
Please check the travel and visa requirements from your departure location for entry into Jordan.
Further information can be on the Jordan Embassy website found here
All participants are responsible for travel or entry requirements.

Accommodation & meals

Participants are responsible for booking and paying for their own accommodation for the duration of the event.

Recommended hotels can be provided on request.

Lunch and tea/coffee breaks will be provided for the duration of the event.

What to bring

Any materials shared with you prior to the workshop, such as the workbook. A notebook and pencil are always useful.

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 Friday 12 January at 08:30
Finishes on Sunday 14 January at 17:00
(Local Time)


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