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Behind the Scenes – Page turners: Books from the ISTA community

October 1

If there is ever a constant in a theatre person’s life it is the search for great resources to use in classes, workshops or rehearsals. This month we share three fantastic books from our very own ISTA community that aim to support and inspire...

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Behind the Scenes – Love, laughter and happily ever after

October 1

  Louise Clark ISTA artist The saying goes ‘From Hell, Hull and Halifax, may the good lord deliver us’. I'm from Halifax. He's from Hull. Make of that what you will; maybe we should have thought twice? Maybe you should give us a wide...

25 years of ISTA events

August 22

So, ISTA and I share an anniversary of sorts. This is ISTA’s 40th year and it is my 40th year as a theatre teacher! Actually I should really only claim the last 25 years as a theatre teacher. The first 15 years I was mostly a theatre director...

ISTA – Fragmented memories from a 40 year ‘Journey of Joy’

August 19

I am sitting straining my powers of recall to focus on the early days of ISTA. It is not easy for as Claudia Hammond points out in her book Time Warped ‘… the flexibility of memory seems to be the key to imagining the future. Our millions of...

The ISTA festival – a history drawn from memory

August 19

The founding principles of ISTA were developed to bring together international school teachers from different geographic locations who were working in isolation and to provide young people with a much needed antidote to competitive theatre festivals...

ISTA IB workshops

August 19

Looking back over the years that I have been leading IB workshops, it’s the people that make the experience worthwhile. Seeing the participants having lots of fun, engaging in detailed discussion about pedagogy, about ideas or that light bulb...