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2020-2021 TaPS and ISTA/IB workshop calendars

November 5

The 2020-2021 TaPS calendar ISTA is delighted to announce our calendar for next year’s TaPS. Booking opens on Monday, 13th January 2020 (9:00am UK time). Each event will have its own webpage with important information enabling you to make your...

Introducing ISTA’s global challenge

October 31

What is a Global Challenge and how does it work? We’re excited to announce an initiative that we believe will enhance our festivals as an international learning experience through theatre. The Global Challenge (GC) will unite all festivals,...

Why host a festival?

September 24

  Part of the ISTA school member experience is the opportunity to share in the creative and exciting world of hosting your very own event. Watch the video of some of our ISTA hosts explaining the value that the ISTA experience has brought to...

40 quotes for graduating students

June 13

Social media can have both positive and negative effects on our lives but there are some times when it can prove very useful indeed. ISTA artist and teacher, Debbie Kidd (@DebraKidd) turned to her twitter following to gather 40 pieces of advice (as...

Switching off for summer

June 13

By Sophie Galton No, not the new song title from Ed Sheeran but rather a leading thought in most people’s minds these days as we find ourselves ever tangled in the world of digital delights. Have we gone too far? Have we tipped over into the...

The Price of Freedom

April 4

Powerful, intense, emotional, inspiring...these four words can probably be used to describe every ISTA Festival yet they are particularly fitting for the Connect Festival that took place in Atlanta at the start of March. Hosted by Atlanta...

Our 40 favourite theatre books

April 3

And so the 40th celebrations continue! This list contains 40 theatre books picked by our community as essential reading. We hope you find something to inspire you and if there's something we've missed please let us know. Act One by Moss...

Behind ‘Behind the Scenes’

April 3

by Janet Schorer It’s 3:00am Amsterdam time and I haven’t slept a wink. I have my first ever ‘Skype with Sal’ and I’m a total ball of nerves. I don’t know why I’m so nervous – it’s like stage-fright! She seems terribly nice and...

#MyFreedomDay – Atlanta Festival Begins

March 15

Before you carry on reading, take a moment to pause and answer these questions - what makes you feel free? And what does freedom mean to you? It’s these questions that have been posed to school children, politicians, and celebrities across the...

2019/20 Festival Season Launches!

March 6

Festivals are where ISTA began 40 years ago and while we’ve branched out into other types of events over the years, festivals remain our raison d’etre. I’m hugely excited and proud to announce and share with you the 2019-2020 festival...

Good Morning Vietnam

March 4

By Tom Scott I always come away from ISTA events with a warming sense of awe and wonder. Four hours by car, 15 hours by plane (with a cheeky stop in Brunei) and then another 20 minutes by car that seemed to take a lifetime. Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh...

40 songs, soundtracks and musical numbers

March 4

As part of ISTA’s 40th birthday celebrations we are putting together lists of resources and things we love – and here you’ll find 40 songs, soundtracks and musical numbers loved by different people from the ISTA community. Enjoy! And if you...

New Season of TaPS launches!

February 10

I’m delighted to both announce and launch the forthcoming season of TaPS events for students of DP Theatre. Not to mention next year’s IB workshops (but more of those later). Each year ISTA: - Produces TaPS events in the Americas (New...

Introducing ISTA’s new Chair of the Board, Sheila Healy

February 10

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Sheila Healy as ISTA’s new chair of the board. For the first time in ISTA history we embarked on a process of advertising internationally, shortlisting and interviewing for this post. The board...

No drama teacher is an island

January 16

By Keriann O'Rourke Lost? Lonely? Drama department of one? I can relate. A common issue that drama teachers face is feeling isolated within their own school. We hear this sentiment often in discussions with teachers at ISTA events. These drama...

40 novels

December 13

As part of ISTA’s 40th birthday celebrations we are putting together lists of resources and things we love – and here you’ll find 40 novels loved by different people from the ISTA community. Enjoy! The Secret History by Donna Tartt I...

40 years of the International Schools Theatre Association

December 10

By Sally Robertson, Executive Director of ISTA Story [noun] An account of imaginary or real people and events told for entertainment. Anyone you speak to who tells you about ISTA will have a different story. A story that is dependent on their...

In Conversation: ISTA Directors Sally Robertson & Ian Pike

November 1

Our executive director, Sally Robertson, and assistant executive director, Ian Pike, chat about ISTA - the organisation they call home. Ian: What are the most significant changes within ISTA you have seen over the years? Sally: The obvious...

40 fantastic films

October 28

As part of ISTA's 40th birthday celebrations we are putting together lists of resources and things we love - and here you'll find 40 fantastic films that should go straight on to your 'must watch' list. We asked members of the ISTA community what...