Junior Thespians

Your Junior Thespian Representatives:

2016-2017 Junior Thespians Representatives: Becky Rhinehart , Jeremy Imboden

2016-2017 Junior State Thespian Officers: Mimi Calhoun and Coco Gonzalez

Junior Thespian Update August 2016

Dear Jr. Thespian Troupe Directors,

This year, OEdTA is excited to bring many new opportunities to Ohio Junior Thespians.

(For a printable PDF of these updates, click here)

Become a Junior STO (State Thespian Officer)

For many years, high school thespians have had the opportunity to become an STO (State Thespian Officer) for their area, becoming theatre leaders in the state and running State Thespian and Area Conferences.  For the first time this amazing opportunity can be earned by Junior Thespians!

Two Jr. STOs will be chosen to represent all Junior Thespians in Ohio on the Ohio Educational Theatre Association Board.

Jr. STOs will:

  • Help plan Junior Thespian Conference
  • Help run opening and awards ceremonies, introduce shows, and network with other Junior Thespians at Junior Thespian Conference
  • Help with State Thespian Conference and introduce shows
  • Be the figurehead and representative of Junior Thespians in the state of Ohio
  • Attend Jr Thespian Conference and State Thespian Conference (Saturday only) for free

Jr. STOs must attend the following conferences and meetings

  • Thespian LEAD on September 17th from 9:00AM-3:00PM at Troy High School (they will interview during this event)
  • OEdTA board meeting on December 11 from 11AM-3PM at Dublin Scioto High School
  • OEdTA board meeting on February 18 from 9AM-5PM at Dublin Scioto High School
  • Jr. Thespian Conference on February 24th and 25th at Miller South School for the Performing and Visual Arts
  • State Thespian Conference on March 25th from 9AM-10PM (or end of final show) at Dublin Scioto High School

In order to become a Jr. STO, these criteria must be met:

  • Be an inducted Jr. Thespian
  • Must meet school academic eligibility
  • Fill out application packet and turn packet in during Thespian LEAD
  • Interview at Thespian LEAD

We will notify applicants one week after Thespian LEAD about the Jr. STO decision.

2016 Jr. STO Application

Become a Blue Ribbon Troupe!

This year, Junior Thespian Troupes will be able to earn the title of Blue Ribbon Troupe, which will be displayed by all troupe members on ribbons at Jr. Thespian Conference

In order to become a Blue Ribbon Troupe, you will have to meet these criteria:

  1.  Produced a play or musical within the past year.
  2. Performed a charitable act as a troupe in the past year.
  3. Attended a Jr. Thespian Conference or Thespian LEAD in the past year.

In order to register to receive this honor, you just have to answer the questions on the Jr. Thespian Conference registration form!   We can’t wait to see all the blue ribbons at Jr. Thespian Conference!

Earn a scholarship for your troupe to attend Jr. Thespian Conference

Several years ago, OEdTA started a scholarship to send a high school troupe to State Thespian Conference, and we are pleased to now offer a similar scholarship to Junior Thespian Troupes!

In order to be eligible for this scholarship, your troupe must have not have attended Jr. Thespian Conference for the past two years (14/15 and 15/16) due to financial reasons.

This scholarship will cover Saturday registration fee for up to 12 troupe members, 1 troupe director, and 1 chaperone, as well as up to $800 for travel expenses.

Interested in applying?  Simply fill out the application form and email it to brhinehart@ohedta.org no later than December 7th, 2016

New Category for Individual Events at Junior Thespian Conference (IEs)

This year, Junior Thespians will be able to compete in the Short Film IE.  Films will have to be mailed on a flash drive to Becky Rhinehart, 6230 Mistover Ln, Canal Winchester OH  43110 by January 24th.  Junior Thespians can also compete in all performance IEs (Monologue, Duet Acting, Group Acting, Solo Musical, Duet Musical, Group Musical, Solo Pantomime, Duet Pantomime, Solo Musical Dance, Duet Musical Dance, Group Musical Dance) as well as Playwrighting.  IE rules can be found at www.ohedta.org under the Opportunities tab.

Perform at Jr Thespian Conference Opening

This year, your troupe can strut your stuff from the very beginning by performing a 3 minute scene or song at opening ceremony on the Saturday of Jr. Thespian Conference.  Sign up for this opportunity will be on the Jr. Thespian Conference registration form.

Attend Thespian LEAD

This year, Thespian LEAD (Leadership Education and Advocacy Day) has an even bigger focus on leadership.  Jr. Thespians will be choosing the theme and designing the t-shirt for Jr. Thespian conference as well as going to workshops on advocacy, running troupe meetings, fundraising, using technology to further your troupe, defining core values, and dealing with disappointment.

This event is on September 17th at Troy High School from 9:00AM (registration opens at 8:30AM) to 3:00PM, and you and your first 6 students are free.  It’s a great event to take your Jr. Thespian Officers or student leaders to.  It’s also where students will interview for Jr. STO.

 Please see the Thespian LEAD registration, which is now open on www.ohedta.org for details and to register.

Attend Jr. Thespian Conference

OK, so this isn’t a new opportunity, but it’s a great event that gets better every year.  From amazing troupe performances, to great theatre workshops, improv and tech challenges, and of course the IE competition, Jr. Thespian Conference is one fabulous weekend of theatre for you and your students.  Troupe Directors are welcome to attend the event for free.  This year, Ohio is excited to be able to host schools from outside of the state that do not have their own Jr. Conferences!


Optional Improv Event: 

Friday, February 24th from 7PM-9:30PM

Miller South School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Akron Ohio

Cost:  $7  

Included in fee:  Pizza dinner and improv competition!


Theme: AcTornado

Saturday, February 25th from 9AM (registration open at 8:30AM) to 5PM (approximate end time)

Miller South School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Akron Ohio

Cost:  $28

Included in fee:  t-shirt, lunch, entrance to all workshops and performances, tech challenge, IEs

Registration for this event is due on JANUARY 24th! Please note this date is much earlier than last year so please try to plan accordingly.  Registration will be available shortly on www.ohedta.org

Please feel free to contact me anytime regarding questions you have about Jr. Thespians, productions, or just to chat!  Remember, I’m not just one of the Jr. Thespian Coordinators for the OEdTA, I’m also a Jr. Thespian Troupe Director so I’ve lived through a lot of the drama Jr. Thespians can dish out J

Have a great year!

Becky Rhinehart