The International School Theatre Association Performing Arts Academy, Hong Kong


ISTA - 40 years of excellence all over the world


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.

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Solo Devised Performance by ISTA Alumna, Valeria Riquelme

Valeria Riquelme is a recent Hong Kong Academy graduate and an ISTA alumna with aspirations to set up her own Theatre company. Working with director, Darren Scully to produce this original solo performance, So I Went is an extension of her IBDP Theatre Solo Theatre Piece.  The monologue is influenced by her studies of practitioner, Tim Etchells of the British theatre company Complicité and Tim Yip’s set design.


Featuring original music by Dylan Halbroth, HKA alumnus currently studying at Music Production at DBs Berlin


with celebrated directors and choreographers of Matilda, The Sound of Music and most of the touring broadway shows in Asia!

The power of working with industry professionals

A week of musical theatre workshops and masterclasses with Anton Luitingh and Duane Alexander. Workshops based on Matilda and Chicago, students worked with the demands of being a triple threat talent in Music, Drama and Dance!

Congratulations to our students who have been offered the chance to experience a week at the Luitingh Alexander Musical Theatre Academy, LAMTA.

"Love what you do, but if you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail!"

led by Dr Debra Kidd

The power of theatre to find identity

A weekend of Performing Arts magic led by Dr Debra Kidd, Moira Arthurs and Anne Drouet, taking the students on a journey of self discovery.


I am

I hope

I dream

Young people aged 9-13 from all over SE Asia came together to collaborate, create, grow in confidence, and explore the issues that both inspire and worry our young people.

"When will we learn to be happy with what we've got?"

in partnership with ROAD, Branches of Hope

The power of theatre and social media to make a difference

Students aged 14-18 embarked on a quest to understand the plight of refugees and asylum seekers in Hong Kong and to create a piece of thought provoking theatre with their stories as inspiration. The students applied what they learned from a social media campaign masterclass and cut 7 short films to help raise awareness. 

Thank you to ROAD, Branches of Hope for inspiring us.  

"Be the change you wish to see in the world"

Award Winning Patrons

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.



Drama, Music, Dance, Musical Theatre

for young people aged 5-18 

from Hong Kong and beyond


supported by a board of award winning industry experts

in the entertainment industry

Getting Here

The school is located close to Sai Kung Town Centre. 


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