Commedia Workshop with Mike Pasternak

CISB was very lucky to welcome Mike Pasternak from the International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA) to the school on February 22. He is an experienced theatre practitioner and educator who works with students of all ages.

Mike conducted a full-day Commedia dell’Arte workshop with Grade 10 Theatre Arts and drama enrichment students. Students learned the history of Commedia, acted out the various Commedia characters and took part in fast-paced, physical drama exercises. Perhaps the most exciting part of the workshop was the opportunity to work with Commedia masks! We are very proud of the students for taking on such a complex and challenging theatre form. A big thanks goes out to Mike Pasternak and ISTA!

Service Learning in the Theatre Arts Classroom

8Bloom was the first class to take part in a Service as Action project in Theatre Arts! Grade 8 students interviewed grade 6 students about issues they face in middle school and then created physical theatre performances inspired by their responses. After performing these short plays for and receiving feedback from all grade 6 classes, the grade 8 students reflected on their overall experience through a short video or blog post. Check them out below: