ISTA small world after all

by Lizzie Hodge, Edna Lau, Joachim Matschoss, Hannah Northcott, Keriann O'Rourke, Laura Rodgers and Liisa Smith | 30 April 2020 | Posted in: Behind the Scenes

We’ve all had those moments when worlds collide at an event or in discussions with another artist or teacher. ISTA has the amazing ability to create connections in an instant and those stories are what make us the fantastic community of artists, teachers and students that we are today. Here’s a quick look at some connection stories from our members that really demonstrate ‘ISTA small world after all’.


Lizzie Hodge
I have always been interested in different cultures having grown up in Nepal, living there for twelve years. After a four year stint teaching in China, I am currently living and working in Cambodia with my husband and two daughters. Teaching theatre and sharing my passion for the subject with my students is what I love best. I am an ISTA host, teacher and artist.

My ISTA story…
My first encounter with ISTA came from meeting Sam Pierce in Hong Kong (although she hadn’t quite taken that name by then). I met Sam through a mutual friend and ISTA artist Simon Bell who I worked with in London before moving overseas. I was new to the IB and was seriously missing a vibrant department being the only Drama teacher in my school, just across the border in China. Sam was kind enough to let me shadow her teaching and basically showed me the ropes and most importantly introduced me to the wonderful world of ISTA.

Since then I have not looked back. I have taken my students to many, many festivals and TaPS over the years and hosted a life changing festival here in Cambodia with exceptional support and inspiration from Keriann, Dinos, and even our very own patron Jonothan Neelands!

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