Our Governance

Our board of trustees are:

Rob Warren – Interim Chair (California, USA)

I am currently the Director of the Arts at St. Mary’s School in Southern California, USA. Hailing from the United Kingdom, I have been involved in international arts education for over 25 years. In my current position and also as Director of the Arts for Atlanta International School for over 20 years, I helped facilitate the development of two outstanding IB Arts Programs K-12. I am passionate about how the arts play an important role in innovation and impact and have been actively involved in integrating both STEAM Education and Design Thinking at both schools.

I continue to be actively involved in teaching both DP and MYP Theatre & Film. As a Principal Examiner for the IBO, I sat on the review committee for the development of the new IB DP Theatre course. I have been actively involved with ISTA since 2003 as a teacher workshop leader, student ensemble leader and artistic director and I feel deeply honoured to be on the board of trustees to help move ISTA forward.

 

Liane Campbell – Vice Chair (Wellington, New Zealand)

With my theatre education and business degrees in hand, I have had a fortunate life travelling the world juggling over three decade’s work in drama education, business development, advertising, and being a ‘creative’. My leadership skills of building synergistic teams has been fostered and rewarded with significant growth and success in these industries.

Passionate about the unique power of theatre and the arts to connect, to build shared understanding, celebrate diversity and empower people globally, I am aligned with ISTA’s mission to develop internationally minded, collaborative and culturally literate young people and educators.

 

 

Sheila Healy (Dorset, United Kingdom)

I have a life-long commitment to creativity, diversity and engagement in the arts.

As Chair of South-West Arts Council UK and a Trustee of its National Council I contributed significantly to major policy and investment decisions across a range of art forms – from theatre to dance, music to museums as well as to creative collaboration and touring across the globe. As Chief Executive of local government and as a Director with Central Government I have led strategic change and improvement programmes working with business, cultural organisations and local communities. As a Trustee of Kneehigh Theatre, I promoted a global perspective helping ensure they become an international as well as nationally renowned theatre company. I’ve also played a key role in the development of the Walsall Art Gallery, the Ikon [Birmingham] and Tate St Ives. I was also Chair of the Audiences Agency and Audiences Central. I now act as an independent consultant and advisor for the arts and culture and I’m a member of the board of several cultural organisations including Bristol Ideas.

For me, theatre has been a consistent passion and I am delighted to have the opportunity to help develop and progress the work of ISTA.

 

Caroline Hutchison (Washington, D.C., USA)

Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, USA, I have always loved theatre and the performing arts. After a childhood career as a voiceover artist and an impactful experience in IB Theatre, I graduated from DePaul University with a BFA in Theatre Management. I moved to Washington D.C. in 2018 to work in Institutional Giving at the National Cultural Center, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

I am passionate about the intersections of art, social justice, education and accessibility. I believe that the arts are a powerful tool for community empowerment and change-making. Through my work to date, I have seen the impact of world class art and powerful education first-hand.

I am honoured to join the board of trustees and to collaborate with this phenomenal group. I look forward to providing my perspective not only as a professional fundraiser but also as a recent IB Theatre student.

 

Adam Kritzer (New York, USA)

I am a filmmaker, educator and entrepreneur based in New York. My work has won awards, played at festivals internationally and been distributed in theaters and on-demand. Additionally, I have published writings on a range of topics including representation, neurodivergence and art as social action.

In 2016, I founded the Art Detectives, an inclusive art school that develops and implements individualized arts integration curricula for artists of all ages and abilities. In 2022, we delivered 1500 personalized classes. I graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont and also hold my Master’s degree in Education Entrepreneurship from the University of Pennsylvania.

I am honored to be a part of ISTA’s Board of Trustees. I particularly look forward to exploring the evolving role of neurodiversity within the organization, and experimenting with ways that film and video-making can be introduced to further support the creative and critical development of our burgeoning artists.

Learn more about Adam on IMDB.

 

Malina Patel (Bangkok, Thailand)

Originally from Toronto, I earned a BFA in Acting and a BEd before working in Canadian theatre as a stage manager for companies including Obsidian Theatre Company, Theatre Passe Muraille, Soulpepper Theatre and Canadian Stage Company.

I am an educator and an artist who is driven by opportunities to explore and ask questions about the world around us. I believe that theatre is a powerful tool for exploring themes and issues because of its ability to reflect on humanity.

It is a great honour to serve this wonderful organisation and I look forward to learning and growing alongside ISTA as we move forward together.

 

Elana Shyong (Barcelona, Spain)

Growing up as a Taiwanese-American within the colourful cacophony of Shanghai, China, I was a true third culture kid before going on to pursue my BA and MA in drama and applied theatre at Goldsmiths and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

For me, theatre is less about performing on stage and more about the transformation it can make within people and within spaces. The theatre that resonates the most with me is the kind that takes place in people and their own individual growth.

I now work as a freelancer with schools, nonprofits and arts centres internationally to develop programmes and workshops that focus on fostering creative self expression and confidence. ISTA was a large inspiration for me as a student, and I am excited to have the opportunity to give back and grow together as a board member alongside this wonderful organisation.

 

Jessica Wycliffe-Jones (Devon, United Kingdom)

I was born and raised in Inverness, Scotland. I then followed my passion for theatre and studied Drama at college in Birmingham, England, following which I was involved in community theatre projects. I subsequently retrained as a solicitor, qualifying in 1997, and settled in the South West of England to have a family. I currently work as an Associate Solicitor in a large law firm.

I continue to be an avid supporter of all aspects of theatre, although now in a spectator role. I have had the wonderful experience of sharing my love of theatre with my son, witnessing how his involvement in theatre has helped him grow into a mature and confident young man.

I have recently joined the ISTA Board of Trustees. I am honoured to be involved in supporting and promoting the wealth of benefits that ISTA can bring to students and educators alike.

 

 

 


When I return from an ISTA event I feel rejuvenated. The energy and ideas of the brilliant students, the selflessness and imagination of the teachers and the resourcefulness and vision of the artistic and organisational staff all collide to create a perfect storm of theatre making—one that I am eager to learn from and honoured to be a part of.

Jillian Campana, former member of the board of trustees