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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...

Planting a seed

October 14

By Daphne Said This article was originally published in the September 2017 edition of Scene – Theatre to Change the World “The first step towards change is awareness…” N. Branden Theatre allows individuals to get in touch with...

Folktales – more varieties than ice cream flavours

October 7

By Julie Pasqual This article was originally published in the May 2016 edition of Scene - Storytelling It is not often that saying something is boring is a compliment but when I tell you that my upbringing was boring – I mean it in the...

The Great Big ISTA Bake Off!

October 1

No birthday celebration is complete without cake and (preferably) a lot of it! We want to kick off the celebrations for ISTA’s 40th year in style and we need your help. In a perfect world we’d get the whole ISTA community together for a great...

40 websites, apps and online resources list

September 27

As part of our 40th birthday celebrations we’re delighted to launch the first of ten ‘40th lists’. Ranging from 40 films to holiday pearls, recipes to songs and music for the theatre classroom – this will be an insightful, useful and...

New festival film launched!

September 13

How can you put the experience of a festival into words? How can you capture the magic, joy, learning, excitement, friendships, adventures, laughter, and heart-warming glow that we know our festivals bring? From the shores of a tropical island...

ISTA Introductions

August 7

As we kick off our 40th year we'd like to welcome and introduce you to our two new event coordinators. After receiving over 20 applications and a rigorous selection process we are delighted to announce that Sophie Galton and Helen Abbott have now...

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...