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5 things I would like to see with ISTA in 5 years

August 2

In 2017, our tri-annual publication Scene turned 15 and to mark the occasion (in the 55th issue) we had contributions from students, teachers, artists, staff, heads of school and many more who shared with us some of ISTA’s ‘best...

5 heads of schools tell us what ISTA means to them

July 21

In 2017, our tri-annual publication Scene turned 15 and to mark the occasion (in the 55th issue) we had contributions from students, teachers, artists, staff, heads of school and many more who shared with us some of ISTA’s ‘best...

Five parents tell us about ISTA’s impact

July 14

In 2017, our tri-annual publication Scene turned 15 and to mark the occasion (in the 55th issue) we had contributions from students, teachers, artists, staff, heads of school and many more who shared with us some of ISTA’s ‘best...

Five students share what ISTA means to them

July 7

In 2017, our tri-annual publication Scene turned 15 and to mark the occasion (in the 55th issue) we had contributions from students, teachers, artists, staff, heads of school and many more who shared with us some of ISTA’s ‘best...

Theatre technology at warp speed

June 21

By Patrick McGowan This article was originally published in the January 2018 edition of Scene - Digital Theatre When I was in school I dreamt of the days when we would have hoverboards, transformable fighter planes and starships that could...

Postcards from a newbie: changing the world with a new collection of souvenirs

June 14

By Julia Roberts This article was originally published in the September 2017 edition of Scene - Theatre to Change the World. Don’t be afraid of new beginnings. Don’t shy from new people, new energy, new surroundings. Embrace new chances at...

Write here, right now

June 7

By Sherri D. Sutton The following article is from the May 2018 edition of Scene and was first published in the December 2006 Scene issue “Writing”. My thoughts on this article in 2018: I need to take my own advice. I have found myself stuck...

Meet our new trustees

June 7

We are delighted to announce that Jillian Campana and Rob Warren have joined ISTA’s board of trustees as of 1st June. We received so many applications from the community which was heartening. We are committed to having at least one member...

Our event review

June 1

We are now 12 months in to our event review and have gathered some fascinating data from teachers, artists and students about the festival experience. “ISTA is committed to providing best practice at all our events. As such we have a...

Every person, every voice

June 1

By Jess Thorpe This article was first published in the April 2014 Scene issue “Resources and research”. My thoughts on this article in 2018: I have to admit it is with some sadness that I now re-visit this article I first wrote for...

Work smarter not harder

June 1

By Keriann O’Rourke I am a self-professed “drama tech nerd”. I love everything to do with the newest gadgets, online learning communities and digital tools to use in education. I am constantly learning and experimenting with different ways...

Tweet.Poke.Send.Forward

May 20

By Ash Huxtable Trying to analyse and pull apart the many processes that combine when you create a production and explain these with any coherence is, I’m finding, almost impossible. Hopefully I will be able to offer an insight into how I...

The bloke of Avon

April 25

By Will Kerley I am writing this the day after Shakespeare died. It’s the 24th of April. Well, when I say the day after he died, of course I mean four hundred years and a day after he died. Yesterday was also his birthday. Not necessarily...

My First ISTA Festival

March 14

We asked ISTA students, teachers and artists from around the world to share with us the stories and memories of their first festival. This blog will be updated every time we receive a new story. Enjoy, and if you'd like to share yours please email...

TEREZÍN: Surviving the Holocaust

March 7

Every year we hold a festival in Terezin, a former Nazi concentration camp in German-occupied Czechoslovakia, and everyone who goes describes it as life-changing. We wanted to capture part of Terezin's story. So last year, Tom Scott and Logan...

Trustees, traditions and Ted

January 26

By Sally Robertson Twice a year the ISTA board of trustees meet at Ted’s house in the South of France: we spend a few days thinking, discussing, brainstorming and challenging without the hassles and pressure of daily life. This January I have...

The ISTA Team’s Highlights from 2017

December 22

As the sun sets on 2017, we took a little time to reflect on our highlights from the year. Each year is full of moments, big or small, happy or sad, that stay with us and linger long in the memory. Sharing stories, making magic moments happen and...

ISTA’s Event Review

November 27

ISTA has been delivering high quality creative experiences for young people since 1978. As we approach our 40th birthday we reflect on our growth from a small, informal association of teachers to a global arts organisation producing over 60 events a...

Box Office Questions Answered – with Jo Parish

November 27

Three times a year we send out Scene, the magazine for our members, and each issues also includes Behind the Scenes, a fun way for our members to get to know different members of the extended ISTA family. Will now be bringing you little insights...