This event gave our IB Theatre Diploma students the perfect opportunity to engage dynamically with the course outside of the classroom. I cannot over-emphasize how valuable this experience was for the students and for us teachers. Organised and run by ISTA, a non-profit organization and registered charity that brings together young people, artists and teachers from different countries in different settings to experience, create and learn about theatre.
It gave our students the opportunity to work in ensembles, led by top international theatre practitioners from across the globe, all of whom had a thorough knowledge of the course and in many of whom served as teachers or examiners. Ensemble leaders included experts such as Jillian Campana, a Professor at the University of Montana specializing in the work of Augusto Boal, and Mhairi MacInnes a freelance theatre practicioner.
Each year TaPS facilitates a masterclass from an artist in a theatrical field, but this year we were lucky enough to have 3 masterclasses. Covering world theatre traditions, Awelani Moyo delivered workshops on traditional African dances, exploring the importance of space, improvisation and ensemble. Makhamphon Shadow Puppetry facilitated our students to work with light and shadow. Bill Bowers, a mime and pantomime expert from New York who studied under Marcel Marceau, ran a series of masterclasses and performed his off Broadway show ‘What Makes a Boy’. This was a beautifully delivered piece with a powerful message. As well as this, students saw other inspiring performances from the contemporary Thai Theatre company Floor B and The Bangkok Community Theatre.