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ISH IB Theatre Students attend ISTA, London

This year our IB Diploma Theatre Grades 11 and 12 students attended Theatre Arts Programme Symposium (TAPS) hosted by the International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA) held in London. This was very exciting for the Performing Arts department after taking a hiatus on this annual event for a few years. Twelve students signed up for this workshop, which gives students the perfect opportunity to authentically engage with theatre. Top international theatre practitioners and companies from across the globe lead the workshop and train students in performance, presentation, directing and design skills.

Students worked with the Gecko Theatre and Ms. Jo Riley, a British writer and theatre actress where they learnt more strategic and technical approaches on how to make theatre for IBDP and most excitingly with other students from around the world. With ISH renewal of ISTA membership, our theatre teachers will attend professional development annual conferences and get to collaborate with other international school teachers where they can share ideas, brainstorm and challenge each other in a multitude of different backgrounds.

Here’s an excerpt from Ella, Grade 12 about her experience at the symposium.

         For me, the ISTA TaPS workshop was an amazing experience through and through. Being able to meet and work with so many other IBDP theatre students in an environment where everyone is giving their all is absolutely incredible. There wasn't a single class that I didn't enjoy, from working on slow-motion, to having master classes with Gecko and in Chinese stage fighting to seeing a show every night, we did so many fun things and at the same time got to learn new and interesting ways to develop our own theatre-making processes. It is something that every passionate theatre student would love and I truly hope that ISH continues to take students on this trip as not only is it a fantastic experience, I believe that what I learnt from it will greatly help me in my future in theatre, whether that simply be in school or taking it into the professional world.

ISH students watched theatrical shows in the evenings which included Grown Ups and Camp From Away and they are convinced that ISH Theatre students should always attend this annual event for the great experience of collaborating, participating, experiencing authentic theatre and making good friends from around the world.