What better way to pursue a passion for Drama than having the opportunity to participate in an ISTA Artist-in-Residence workshop?
Last weekend from 1 – 3 November, twelve enthusiastic Secondary drama students had an exceptional opportunity. Together with professional actress Ellis van Maarseveen, they fine-tuned their performing arts skills during three consecutive days of Artist-in-Residence workshops at ICS.
Ellis van Maarseveen is an actress, theatre-maker, writer, and teacher who trained at the prestigious Theatre Academy Maastricht, the Netherlands. She guided our drama students in exploring 'Totally Over You', a play by English playwright Mark Ravenhill, as they considered rehearsal technique, lighting, costuming and staging from the eyes of a director, and explored characterisation, voice and acting technique from an actor's perspective.
These workshops, run in partnership with the International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA), allow students interested in the Performing Arts to deepen and build on the learning they have already experienced in previous curricular Drama and Dance classes.
ICS offers students a wide range of possibilities to pursue their passion for drama, both inside and outside our school. Students can join in-school drama ensembles to develop their performing arts skills and have the opportunity to participate in a production each year, alternating bi-annually between a scripted or devised play and a musical. In addition to being an enriching experience for student actors, these productions also provide hands-on learning experiences for student composers and musicians, sound and lighting teams and back-stage crews.
As a member of the International Schools’ Theatre Association (ISTA), our students also have opportunities to attend external Middle or High School ISTA festivals, which promote the collaborative process among student participants and include ensembles, workshops, artistic and cultural events in host cities, and culminate in final group performances.
Summing up the feelings of all the ISTA Artist-in-Residence workshop participants, one Secondary student said, "I didn't want it to end. I had so much fun and I am very glad I got this opportunity."