Speaking five languages and growing up in a bicultural family, as well as having lived in countries such as Sweden, Poland, Russia, Austria and the UK, I truly consider myself to be an international person. Always having
felt a passion for the theatre; I was accepted into drama school at the age of 17, where I received classical training as an actor with a strong grounding in Alexander technique. since leaving, I have performed in a lot
of physical theatre, and have worked backstage at the Young Vic theatre.
Last year I was accepted on the MA course at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), a course which helped me gain the theoretical knowledge that I felt I lacked, as well as providing an environment where I could explore all
aspects of theatre further. For the past 4 years London has been my base, though I feel the urge to explore new territory soon, wherever that may take me.
PHILLIP BELL has worked for ista for the past seven years, as music specialist, ensemble leader and ista rep! He has worked with the ista summer programme in conjunction with TASIS school UK and also developed and staffed the English through drama festival,. he has given workshops in voice,
composition, and music theatre as well as opera for all levels of students, including IB workshops in Vienna, Geneva, Brussels and as parts of the ista IB TAPs.
Phillip was a music teacher for 11 years, most recently Head of Music at Vienna International School. He is now pursuing an equally exhausting career in singing, working on the concert platform, opera stage and recording studio. He is based in London and loves the opportunity that ISTA
gives him of travelling and remembering the best part of teaching, actually working with the students!!!!
ANTHONY CUNNINGHAM fell in love with theatre at McGill university and knew, from that moment on, that it had to remain a part of his life: he needed to share with others the empowerment and beauty that he found in his own
process. His background includes undergraduate and teaching degrees in English and theatre. He received his drama specialist from the university of Toronto. He has written several plays specifically for his students;
"Poverty" which he directed in Peru and Istanbul was produced in Chile and Canada. An interest in the therapeutic powers of drama led to working with
the homeless and mentally ill, students at risk, and in drug intervention programs. He has given several in-services for staff development on using drama across the curriculum. He has acted with the Playback Theatre
Ensemble in Toronto. He dreams of becoming even more involved in writing and directing, but just can't seem to pull himself away from grading papers (!!)
Anthony has been involved with ista since 1998, including being a workshop and ensemble leader. He currently teaches at the American school of the Hague, in the Netherlands.
AVITAL MAOR-PELEG completed an honours degree and teaching diploma in Theatre Studies at Tel-Aviv University, Israel and studied at the Desmond Jones School of Mime and Physical Theatre in London. She has also studies commedia dellarte at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. Her teaching, acting and directing includes work for the Israeli Ministry of Education, Tel-Aviv University Theatre Faculty and Tel-Aviv Community Theatre.
Formerly Drama co-ordinator at Hong Kongs Carmel School, she is currently an associate with Faust Youth International Theatre and runs freelance drama workshops
RUTH SPENCER is an independent dance artist based in Chester, UK. She performs, choreographs and teaches dance throughout the UK and abroad.
She graduated from London College of Dance and Drama in 1988 and has since performed with a number of companies including Treadwell Physical Theatre Company, Edwin Lung and Company Terracea, Ludus Dance Company and Yolande Snaith Theatredance. Ruth is also a founder member of Chapter 4 - an artist-led performance research group.
Ruth has a strong interest and commitment to education and community work. As a dance officer with English National Ballets Education Unit and through her own independent projects Ruth has worked in a wide variety of settings.
In 1998 Ruth was awarded a Lisa Ullman scholarship to study Action Theatre with Ruth Zaporah in Europe.