Drama in the Academy
with Darren Scully
Drama at the Academy works within the devising process along with the other disciplines responding to various stimuli such as poetry and other texts, visual cues and themes.
Drama students can expect to spend time on building character and working with a variety of performance styles. The actor’s training is based on contemporary performance approaches but also includes technical skills such as projection, diction, accent and being ‘in the zone”. Writing for stage is also an optional component.
Developing the ISTA Ensemble approach
"Theatre is both the Art of Giving and the Giving Art. Success in a multidimensional sphere such as dramatic performance is only achieved if everyone in the company unselfishly enters the activity with a desire to contribute positively. This type of working climate is often termed ‘ensemble’ and is recognized by most theatre practitioners as being an integral element in the holistic experience of theatre performance."
Mike Pasternak, former ISTA President.
Inquiry based drama
'How would you react if the world as you knew it was about to change forever?'
Inquiring into the seven stages of grief, these are the latter stages of the upwards turn, reconstruction and working through expressed through Drama in the ISTA Performing Arts Academy's second culminating show, 'TILT' devised and performed by the students.