The International Schools Theatre Association
ISTA Performing Arts Academy
'Congratulations to all involved in our 2021 Summer Camp!'
Imagine an experience where young people aged 12-18 from 10 different schools across Hong Kong came together for two weeks to play, experiment and collaborate creatively to explore important issues on a personal, community and global level? And then, to express what they felt mattered most to them through the power of the performing arts?
Adhering to all Centre of Health and Protection, CHP guidelines, we played, discovered, brainstormed, collaborated, connected and created original work to build empathy, compassion and understanding.
The resulting journeys in both weeks were transformational and the culminating performances moved our audiences to tears!
Thank you to all involved for making our summer camp experience such a joyful and meaningful experience!
What students say...
'The ISTA Academy helps you to develop skills that you can apply to life in general - from developing an open mind, to collaborating with a wide age range of people.'
'I have learned so much more than Drama. I have learned to collaborate, listen, explore ideas, let go of ideas and to bring my very best to the process - for myself and for everyone else.'
'This experience has developed my skills as an actor. I am so much more aware of all the ingredients that can combine to make a performance magical'
What parents say...
'It got me so emotional. I realised all of these issues transcend, age, gender, culture and country and I think these are the root causes of so many problems in humanity and it's so inspiring seeing such young people get to the core of it so early on in life when many of us don't.'
'The students were able to express their feelings regarding the past 2 years, their struggles, their transitions.'
' Being part of ISTA has pushed my child even further in their ability to have empathy and understanding of others.'
What teachers say...
The Arts are a social commentary of the world around us and our interaction in that world. Exposing young people to varying forms of personal expression allows them a greater depth and sophistication in their perceptions of the world around them.'
'ISTA can help the shy child come out, and the restless child to follow a discipline, both in a safe, constructive environment.'
'ISTA helps young people develop skills to find comfort in the unknown, knowing they can find creative solutions and work together with others.'
Who We Are
We are an inclusive and diverse performing arts community that provides young people the opportunity to create and connect across cultures, developing skills and awareness to engage with and change the world responsibly.
Award Winning Patrons
supported by a board of award winning industry experts
in the entertainment industry
Our board of award winning patrons include actors, writers, directors, special effects gurus, composers, producers and musicians who have led workshops, masterclasses and connected our alumni to industry experts.