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Through daytime and night time I dream: a small ship sailing towards a future. My dreams can be dark and fearful, my dreams can be as light as clouds, whooshing along on the wind of a wish. My dreams, your dreams, our dreams…what would they look like if they were played with, spoken, sung, danced? Let’s find out…

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, identifying hopes and dreams. 


This was a weekend where young people aged 9-13 from all over SE Asia will come together to collaborate, create, grow in confidence, develop passion and discover just what they're really capable of!





Debra has worked in education for twenty five years, teaching children from the age of 4 right through to post-graduate Masters students in both mainstream and special settings. She is an Artistic Director with the International Schools Theatre Association, working across five continents. She is the author of two books: Teaching: Notes from the Frontline and ‘Becoming Mobius’ and has co-authored a third with Hywel Roberts called “Uncharted Territories: Great Adventures in Learning.” She has contributed to another seven books.


Debra is also a columnist for Teach Primary and a regular writer for Teach Secondary and is the co-founder and organiser of Northern Rocks – one of the largest teaching and learning conferences in the UK. Her teacher training on developing exciting learning contexts for children has taken her all over the world. She has a doctorate in Education and believes more than anything else that the secret to great teaching is “Make it Matter”.



Before moving to Asia Moira Arthurs had a hectic career in British theatre. Her roles included Youth Drama Director for the Royal Court Theatre, London and Assistant Director and Education Consultant for the Oxford Stage Company.  


Moira is an examiner for ORACY Australia and a senior examiner for the International Baccalaureate.  Since 2000 she has had an association with ISTA, working as Artistic Director and  Ensemble Leader  for Festivals and at many TaPS around the world.  “ISTA  is a vital part of my professional life and keeps me in touch with the possibilities of theatre and its power to transform lives.”  Moira is the ISTA Regional Coordinator for Hong Kong.



Née Anne Wu,  Anne has been teaching music and musical theatre since 1994 and her work in and outside the classroom has taken her around the world. As a freelance composer (Anne Wu), Anne has worked with music legend John Altman and recently performed with Andy Summers from the Police. She has also composed music for film (Weinstein Films) and theatre projects.  Anne enjoys teaching students to compose with a variety of director's briefs and resources.  Young people who may never have written a note before, learn to express themselves through music and write their own songs using instruments as industry software.  Anne is the founding director of ISTA's first Performing Arts Academy which was based in Shanghai.  She is now the Director of Performing Arts at the Hong Kong Academy and the Executive Director of ISTA's second permanent home.

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