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Canada West Coast virtual IB workshop - DP Theatre Category 3 - Subject Specific Seminar

February 4 - February 6, 2022

Booking Closed

*Please note this event has moved from a face to face experience to a virtual event. It replaces the previously scheduled Vancouver event hosted by Mulgrave School.

Artistic information

DP Theatre – Category 3 – Subject Specific Seminar (SSS).

Workshop Goals
The new DP theatre guide will be published by the IB in February 2022 for first teaching from September 2022 (for northern hemisphere schools) and January 2023 (for southern hemisphere schools).

We will be running the ‘Subject Specific Seminar’ or ‘SSS’ workshops for the new theatre course, both as face-to-face and online experiences. These bespoke one-off workshops will provide teachers with the understandings, tools and resources needed to adapt and develop their current courses in line with the revised DP theatre guide. SSS workshops will address all the key areas regarding teaching and learning, assessment tasks, and corresponding criteria using authentic student samples to ensure that teachers understand some of the subtleties in the change of criteria wording. Participants will examine the course guide with an eye for practical implementation, be clear about the reasons behind the revisions, and to be prepared to implement the changes to their own programmes. They will collaboratively generate useful resources and appropriate activities in a manner that supports the IB mission statement, the learner profile and other core areas of the Diploma Programme.

The IB recommends that all current DP Theatre teachers attend an SSS workshop, including those teachers who have participated in the recent DP theatre pilot process.

Please note
SSS workshops are not appropriate for teachers who are new to teaching DP theatre. These teachers should look to attend training at one of our new Category 1 workshops in the summer of 2022.

Important information

This is a virtual workshop.
Sessions will take place for 5 hours per day on the 3 days of the workshop.
All sessions will take place on Zoom and will be synchronous, interactive and collaborative in approach.
ISTA will provide the links and passwords to all participants shortly before the workshop.

Sessions will take place at the following times [PST]:
9:00am – 2:00pm on Friday 4th February 2022.
9:00am – 1:30pm on Saturday 5th February 2022.
9:00am – 1:00pm on Sunday 6th February 2022.

Event Coordinator
Keriann O’Rourke

For participants
Registration is now open.
Registration closes on 21st January 2022.

For artists
The artist team will be activated 12 weeks prior to the event.


Registration fees
ISTA members – GBP £600.
Non ISTA members – GBP £650.

Please note
Any bookings or amendments taken in the six weeks prior to the workshop will incur an additional GBP £50 late booking/amendment surcharge, subject to availability.


Below is the outline for the workshop schedule.

Download a PDF of the schedule here: Canada West Coast Virtual IB workshop SSS_Schedule

What to bring

Please have the following available for the workshop:

– Resources for PERSONAL USE ONLY
– The current two year overview of your course
– A play text you use currently for the staging play texts (not a play that students have chosen at the end, but one which is used for exploration in class) and you think makes a good text for teaching and learning about staging text
– A hard copy of the new Theatre Guide
– Laptop/tablet
– Phone (for filming)

Download & Forms

Please find below the relevant documentation for you to download:


Starts on Friday 04 February at 09:00
Finishes on Sunday 06 February at 13:00
(PST - Pacific Standard Time)


• Adrienne Smook
• Brian Grunkowski
• Caroline Miesle
• Elizabeth Sykora
• Joshua Hatt
• Kailey Maynard
• Kris Dueck
• Kristina Cummins
• Luke Bridges
• Sarah Bernstein
• Sofia Martyn
• Thaba Niedzwiecki