Shaping Lives Through Theatre Education

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About Ohio Thespians

an educational theatre association affiliate
A passionate network of more than 100,000 theatre advocates

The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) is a national nonprofit organization of over 100,000 student and professional members. The Ohio Chapter was founded in 1975, and has over 5000 active members in 365 schools across the state. We empower thespians through educational enrichment opportunities, access to scholarships and college auditions, awards, competitions, and a passionate network of peers. Our mission is to shape lives through theatre education, honoring student achievement in theatre and enriching their theatre education experience. We support teachers by providing professional development, networking opportunities, resources, and recognition. The EdTA operates the International Thespian Society (ITS), an honorary organization that has inducted more than 2.2 million theatre students since its founding in 1929. Each year, more than 40,000 students from around the country join our number. Today, over 4,000 secondary schools are home to a thespain troupe.

Scholarships and Grants

for troupes and students
Send a Troupe to Ohio Thespian State Conference

Providing a one-time grant for a current Thespian troupe unable to attend state conference for the past three years because of financial barriers.

Herb Sprowls Grant

Granting financial assistance for select students to attend the Ohio Thespian State Conference.

Ginny Chizer & Bob Fose Scholarships

Benefiting Thespians who have demonstrated exceptional participation and leadership on the local and state level.

Jimmy Humphries Scholarship

Assisting Thespians who have participated in technical theatre and are planning to study technical theatre in college.

Big Yellow School Bus Grant

Administered by the Ohio Arts Council, the Big Yellow School Bus grant supports school visits to arts and cultural activities and can help you get your troupe to conference.

New Troupe Charter Grant

Administered by the Educational Theatre Association, the New Troupe Charter Grants program awards grants to qualifying schools to fund the charter of an International Thespian Society troupe and induction for up to ten students.

Our Events

discover how you can be a part of the fun
State Conference
March 23-25, 2018
The Ohio Thespian State Conference is the highlight of each academic year. Thespians from across Ohio gather in one location for an unforgettable weekend celebrating theatre and theatre education.
Area Conferences
Within the Educational Theatre Association, Ohio Chapter, the state of Ohio is divided into six areas for the purposes of holding area conferences and working through concerns specific to certain geographical areas of the state.
Leadership Excellence and Advocacy Day (L.E.A.D)
October 7, 2017
Our fall Leadership Excellence and Advocacy Day (L.E.A.D) helps students hone skills critical to success on the stage and in the world, while area conferences allow thespians to take advantage of performances and workshops close to home.
College Auditions
Discover the tips and tricks to help prepare for college auditions.
School Performances
Discover what schools across Ohio have planned for the new season.


Northmont High School will host the 2018 state conference!