What we do

The ISTA Performing Arts Academy is an inclusive and diverse environment that brings together young people, artists and teachers from different schools across Hong Kong and beyond to play, explore, create and develop in Drama, Music and Movement. Our aim is not only to inspire individual pathways to excellence, but also to develop confident, internationally minded, collaborative and culturally literate young people who are empowered to engage with and change the world responsibly.

We offer a range of weekend workshops and festivals, masterclasses and workshops that develop skills, foster creativity and offer opportunities to learn about global concepts.


Weekend workshops

Festival Weekends


Developing creative, collaborative skills

Fostering creativity and empathy

Inspiring pathways to excellence

Offering opportunities to engage with

global concepts in a dynamic learning environment.


March, 2018

under the creative direction of David Lightbody,

Vice President Entertainment at Disneyland Shanghai



Darren Scully (Drama)

Moira Arthurs (Drama)

Anne Drouet (Music)

Sonia Lee Nazzer (Dance)

Rui Cunha (Theatre Tech)

Coming together is only the first step to success. 

Then you have to ask yourself, 

"What is your purpose for being here?

What are you going to do with this moment?"


May & June, 2018

led by  Anton Luitingh and Duane Alexander, the directorial team of EVITA, The Sound of Music and Matilda

and Emma Kingston, aka Eva Peron (EVITA)


December, 2017

led by Fenella Kelly (Physical Theatre) and Anne Drouet (Music) with ISTA Academy Patron, John Altman

Physical theatre and music improvisation after a weekend's exploration in Laban technique and Jazz concepts


October, 2017

led by Moira Arthurs (Drama) and Anne Drouet (Music) 

A weekend exploring identity through

devising in Drama and Music. 

This beautiful song, 'What you want to do'

was composed by the Academy ensemble