The Ohio Thespian State Conference

2018 Ohio Thespian State Conference

Northmont High School

March 23-25, 2018

The Ohio Thespian State Conference is the highlight of each academic year. More than 1,500 Thespians from across Ohio gather in one location for an unforgettable weekend celebrating theatre and theatre education. Attendees have the opportunity to participate in a variety of workshops ranging from playwriting, puppetry, and dance to college auditions, LGBTQ issues and professional development for educators. Throughout the weekend, troupes stage performances carefully selected from high schools across Ohio, creating a unique opportunity for students and teachers alike. State conference is also home to the famous All-Ohio Show.

To make the most of your Conference experience, plan to attend a variety of shows and workshops and network with the people you meet. In addition, Please take advantage of the many opportunities available to troupes (seeing the All-Ohio production, bringing a Marathon cutting or one-act to share, or creating a display) and to individuals (Individual Events and Bob Fose Memorial Scholarship competition).  


All-Ohio Show

The annual All-Ohio Show is one of the most exciting opportunities that the EdTA: Ohio Chapter offers. Each registered troupe may send as many inducted thespians to audition/ interview for cast and crew. No more than 6 from any troupe will be offered roles in the cast and no more than 6 will be offered roles on the production team. Once chosen, cast and crew only have three rehearsal/build weekends and one and a half days of tech/dress rehearsals in which to create an amazing production. The All-Ohio show is the featured opening show of the EdTA Ohio Chapter State Conference. The All-Ohio show intends to provide participating students with the experience of working on an advanced level of theatrical production. Involvement in the All-Ohio show is a special honor for the participants and schools, as well as an unforgettable experience for everyone involved. See below for show specific information.

The 2018 All-Ohio Show is Letters to Sala

Synopsis:  In October 1940, Sala Garncarz was sixteen, the daughter of a rabbi and teacher and the youngest of eleven children in a poor family living in Sosnowiec, Poland, close to the German border. When her older sister Raizel was ordered to report to a Nazi forced labor camp, Sala volunteered to take her place. Neither she nor her family suspected that six weeks of required labor would stretch to almost five years of forced slavery. Through letters from family and friends that she managed to hide and keep safe, Letters to Sala tell the story of one young woman’s experiences in the most inhumane and unimaginable situations. -NY Public Library

The All-Ohio Show Letters to Sala Company

Direction by: Gail Griffith
Technical Direction by: Derrick McPeak
Assistant Director & Publicity: Joelle Odoguardi, 4100
Sala: Abby Messina, 513
Ann: Julia Kelley, 7415
Elisabeth: Caroline Warrick, 513
Caroline: Nicole Adams, 4100
Young Sala: Ellie Newman, 6116
Raizel: Megan Masciola, 7423
Ala: Gertner Angelica Dzodzomenya, 7423
Blima, Rachel: Kathleen Harpham, 6116
Frymka, Gucia, Elfriede: Kasey Belding, 4100
Chana, Sara, Rozia, Laya Dina: Emily Stowers, 3156
Bela, Lucia, Zusi: Ryleigh Buckingham, 7423
Chaim Kaufman: Caleb Jingo, 513
Harry Haubenstock: Sir King Castro, 6793
Herbert Pache: Oliver Runyon, 513
Nazi Guard: Jacob Weinheimer, 4100
Sidney Kirschner: Josiah Holloway, 513
Assistant Technical Director: Kelsey Bittel, 54
Production Stage Manager: Grant Perry, 4463
Assistant Stage Manager: Kaylin Story, 7423
Lighting Designer: Hunter McCune, 513
Projections Designer: Bowen Moss, 5440
Sound Designer: Emily Hayman, 513
Costume Designer: Claire Duncan, 54
Assistant Costume Designer: Lilah Benjamin, 513
Hair & makeup Designer: Lisa Ball, 54
Lead Scenic Artist: Sophie DiCenso, 7423
Props Masters/Scenic Carpenters: Kayla Braden, 54 and Baylee Roberson, 513

Last Updated 9/1/2017


Guidebook

Download the Guidebook app to your mobile device and stay tuned for more information!

To download the Guidebook (which will be published in the future), you must first download the Guidebook app. To download the free app, click on this link.

Once you have the app and we have published our guidebook, you will be able to access it by scanning the QR code (at left), or by searching for our guide within guidebook.


Register to attend state conference

Registration for the 2018 Ohio Thespian State Conference is now open.

When: March 23-25, 2018
Where: Northmont High School, 4916 National Rd, Clayton, OH 45315

Early bird registration ends February 9, 2018 at 11:59pm.
Online registration ends March 2, 2018.

Please note that the deadline for name changes via email will be March 2, 2018.  Any name changes after that time will need to be made at conference.  Name changes made at conference will incur a $5.00 change fee. 

Once registered, refunds will NOT be available.

Early Bird Registration
Troupe Director = $50
Chaperones = $50 per chaperone
Student = $80 per student
Orchestra member = $0
Load-in crew = $0 (may ONLY be on site from start of load-in time to tear down finish time)
Bus Driver = $50
Shuttle transportation to and from hotel =$20 per person

Registration AFTER February 9, 2018 through March 2, 2018
Troupe Director = $100
Chaperones = $100 per chaperone
Students = $80 per student

Conference Registration

IE Registration


Important Documents

2018 Conference Information

Troupe Director Code of Conduct

Delegate Code of Conduct

Delegate Emergency Medical Form

State Conference Security Rules


Individual Events

Individual Events (known as IEs) give students an opportunity to receive a rating and feedback from theatre professionals.  IEs are available in both performance categories, as well as technical categories.  Any registered delegate to State Conference is eligible to register for IEs.  Each troupe may send only one entry per category and each student may participate in one event only.  Categories available include: 

  • Monologue
  • Duet Acting
  • Group Acting
  • Solo Musical Theatre
  • Duet Musical Theatre
  • Group Musical Theatre
  • Solo Musical Theatre Dance
  • Duet Musical Theatre Dance
  • Group Musical Theatre Dance
  • Solo Mime
  • Duet Mime
  • Costume Design
  • Costume Construction
  • Scene Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Sound Design
  • Theatre Marketing
  • Properties Design
  • Makeup Design
  • Stage Management
  • Playwright
  • Short Film

Please be reminded that IEs are a “closed” competition. No spectators are allowed in the competition spaces.

IE Registration

Important Documents:

2017-2018 Individual Events Rules

2017-2018 Judges Sheets

National Individual Events Guide

National Adjudication Guidelines

Tech Challenge

The true spirit of Tech Challenge is to offer a fun, competitive, educationally sound environment that showcases the skills and talents of young theatre technicians. Each event is designed to demonstrate as closely as possible the techniques and practices used in the professional theatre industry. Participants are strongly encouraged to watch, cheer for, and support other teams during the competition.

Tech Challenge has been expanded this year.  We are going to offer more events and have longer for the competition. 

This year’s events will include:

Prop Building  

Sound System Hook-Up   

Costume Quick Change    

Platform Legging

Light Hang and Focus

Drop Fold

Download the Tech Challenge Handout

Junior Thespian Conference

The 2018 Junior High Conference will be Feb 24, 2018 at Bexley High school.There will also be optional pizza and improv on Feb 23, 2018 for an addition $5 a person. Registration information is coming soon.

Previous Junior Conferences

1997-98

Site: Miller South School of Visual and Performing Arts

Host: Wendy Duke

Chapter Director: Gloria McIntyre

 

1998-99

Site: Anderson High School

Host: Sandy Belcuore

Chapter Director: Gloria McIntyre

 

1999-2000

Site: Hilliard Davidson High School

Host: Diana Vance

Chapter Director: Gloria McIntyre

 

2000-01

Site: Miller South School of Visual and Performing Arts

Host: Wendy Duke

Chapter Director: Gloria McIntyre

 

2001-02 

Site: Beavercreek High School

Host: Sandy Focht

Chapter Director: David Leist

 

2002-03

Site: Westerville Heritage Middle School

Host: J. Scott Holsclaw

Chapter Director: David Leist

 

2003-04

Site: Greene Middle School

Host: Ethan Hamilton

Chapter Director: David Leist

 

2004-05

Site: Beavercreek High School All-Ohio Production: Bus Stop  Dir. Robert Wenck, Texas A & M University

Host: Sandy Focht

Chapter Director: David Leist

 

2005-06

Site: Bexley Middle School

Host: J. Scott Holsclaw

Chapter Director: Gloria McIntyre

 

2006-07

Site: Olentangy Liberty Middle School

Host: Joe Cherubino

Chapter Director: Gloria McIntyre

 

2007-08

Site: Greene Middle School

Host: Ethan Hamilton 

Chapter Director: Gloria McIntyre

 

2008-09

Site: Bexley Middle School

Host: Rebecca Rhinehart 

Chapter Director: Gloria McIntyre

 

2009-10

Site: Olentangy Liberty Middle School

Host: Joe Cherubino

Chapter Director: Scott Wilson

 

2010-11 

Site: Bexley Middle School

Host: Rebecca Rhinehart  

Chapter Director: Scott Wilson

 

2011-12

Site: Miller South School of Visual and Performing Arts

Host: Wendy Duke

Chapter Director: Scott Wilson

 

2012-13

Site: Bexley Middle School

Host: Rebecca Rhinehart 

Chapter Director: Scott Wilson

 

2013-14

Site: Olentangy Liberty Middle School

Host: Joe Cherubino

Chapter Director: Pat Santanello & Irene Imboden

 

2014-15

Site: Miller South School of Visual and Performing Arts

Host: Wendy Duke

Chapter Director: Pat Santanello & Irene Imboden

 

2015-16

Site: Bexley Middle School

Host: Rebecca Rhinehart

Chapter Director: Pat Santanello & Irene Imboden

 

2016-17

Site: Miller South School of Visual and Performing Arts

Host: Alex Funk

Chapter Director: Pat Santanello & Irene Imboden



Performances

2018 performances coming soon.

Workshops

Are you interested in presenting a workshop at the 2018 conference? Submit a proposal today.

Present a Workshop

 

Troupe Director Appreciation & Hall of Fame Dinner

2018 information coming soon.

 

Previous State Conferences

1975-76
Site: Newark High School
Host: Tom Humphrey
Chapter Director: Tom Humphrey


1976-77
Site: Shaker Heights High School
Host: Tom Baker
Chapter Director: Tom Humphrey


1977-78
Site: Newark High School
Host: Tom Humphrey
Chapter Director: Tom Humphrey


1978-79
Site: Middletown High School
Host: Jim Butch
Chapter Director: Della Ewalt


1979-80
Site: Worthington High School
Host: Bronwyn Hopton
Chapter Director: Della Ewalt


1980-81
Site: Newark High School
Host: Marie Glotzbach
Chapter Director: Della Ewalt


1981-82
Site: Rossford High School
Host: Harry Wilcox
Chapter Director: Della Ewalt


1982-83
Site: Findlay High School
All-Ohio Production: The Interview
Dir. Arno Sleco, Oberlin College
Host: Barb Gebhart
Chapter Director: Marie Glotzbach


1983-84
Site: Upper Arlington High School
All-Ohio Production: Rimers of Eldritch
Dir. John Farris, Denison University
Host: David Hammitt
Chapter Director: Marie Glotzbach


1984-85
Site: Rocky River High School
All-Ohio Production: The Good Doctor
Dir. Jon Ferris, Denison University
Host: Bob Santo
Chapter Director: Marie Glotzbach


1985-86
Site: Fairborn High School
All-Ohio Production: The Crucible 
Dir. Jane Armitage, freelancer
Host: Ted & Becky Harding  
Chapter Director: Marie Glotzbach


1986-87
Site: Ashland College
All-Ohio Production: Spoon River Anthology
Dir. Ric Godwin, Ashland College
Host: Ric Goodwin
Chapter Director: Marie Glotzbach


1987-88
Site: Princeton High School
All-Ohio Production: Runaways
Dir. Tom Manning, Miami University
Host: Jhon Marshall
Chapter Director: Nancy Sprowls


1988-89
Site: Ashland University
All-Ohio Production: Caucasian Chalk Circle 
Dir. Bob Winters, Ohio University
Host: Ric Goodwin
Chapter Director: Nancy Sprowls


1989-90
Site: Strongville High School
All-Ohio Production: Romeo & Juliet 
Dir. Bob Winters, Ohio University 
Host: Gloria McIntyre
Chapter Director: Nancy Sprowls


1990-91
Site: Hilliard High School
All-Ohio Production: The Dining Room 
Dir. Bo Rabby, Ohio Wesleyan University
Host: Diana Vance
Chapter Director: Madelon Horvath


1991-92
Site: Princeton High School
All-Ohio Production: Godspell 
Dir. Ric Goodwin, Ashland University
Host: Jhon Marshall
Chapter Director: Madelon Horvath


1992-93
Site: Toledo Whitmer High School
All-Ohio Production: Strider 
Dir. Jane Armitage, Oberlin College
Host: Brad Faust
Chapter Director: Madelon Horvath


1993-94
Site: Hilliard High School
All-Ohio Production: The Visit 
Dir. F. Scott Regan, Bowling Green State University  
Host: Diana Vance
Chapter Director: David Hinds


1994-95
Site: Westerville South High School
All-Ohio Production: A Chorus Line 
Dir. John Kuhn, University of Toledo
Host: J. Scott Holsclaw
Chapter Director: David Hinds


1995-96
Site: Anderson High School
All-Ohio Production: A Flea in Her Ear 
Dir. Ric Goodwin, Ashland University
Host: John Simpkins
Chapter Director: David Hinds


1996-97 
Site: Ashland University
All-Ohio Production: Quilt
Dir. Ric Goodwin, Ashland University
Host: Ric Goodwin
Chapter Director: Gloria McIntyre


1997-98
Site: Northmont High School
All-Ohio Production: Tom Jones 
Dir. Jhon Marshall, freelancer
Host: Margie Strader 
Chapter Director: Gloria McIntyre


1998-99
Site: Dublin Scioto High School
All-Ohio Production: Edison Lite 
Dir. Dan Hahn, Great Lakes Theatre Festival
Host: Pat Thacker
Chapter Director: Gloria McIntyre


1999-2000
Site: Ashland University
All-Ohio Production: A Midsummer’s Night Dream
Dir. Ric Goodwin, Ashland University
Host: Ric Goodwin
Chapter Director: Gloria McIntyre


2000-01
Site: Indian Hill High School
All-Ohio Production: Little Mary Sunshine
Dir. Jhon Marshall, freelancer
Host: Johnothon Sauer
Chapter Director: Gloria McIntyre


2001-02 
Site: Hilliard Davidson High School
All-Ohio Production: Museum 
Dir. David Hinds
Host: Diana Vance
Chapter Director: David Leist


2002-03
Site: Strongville High School
All-Ohio Production: The Tempest 
Dir. Lisa Ortenzi, Great Lakes Theatre Festival
Host: Gloria McIntyre
Chapter Director: David Leist


2003-04
Site: William Mason High School
All-Ohio Production: A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine 
Dir. Ginny Chizer, freelancer  
Host: Johnothon Sauer 
Chapter Director: David Leist


2004-05
Site: Dublin Scioto High School
All-Ohio Production: Bus Stop 
Dir. Robert Wenck, Texas A & M University
Host: Pat Santanello
Chapter Director: David Leist


2005-06
Site: Ashland University
All-Ohio Production: Violet
Dir. Teresa Durbin, Ashland University
Host: Ric Goodwin
Chapter Director: Gloria McIntyre


2006-07
Site: Northmont High School
All-Ohio Production: Where’s Charley?  
Dir. Jhon Marshall, free- lancer
Host: Marjorie Strader
Chapter Director: Gloria McIntyre


2007-08
Site: Ashland University
All-Ohio Production: Dead Man Walking
Dir. Fabio Polanco, Ashland University
Host: Ric Goodwin 
Chapter Director: Gloria McIntyre


2008-09
Site: Beavercreek High School
All-Ohio Production: All Shook Up
Dir. Dr. Dan Doerger, Indiana University East 
Host: Dawn Stamper
Chapter Director: Gloria McIntyre


2009-10
Site: Ashland University
All-Ohio Production: Indian Blood
Dir. Doreen Dunn, freelancer
Host: Ric Goodwin
Chapter Director: Scott Wilson

2010-11
Site: Dublin Scioto High School Scott Wilson
All-Ohio Production: Good News!
Dir. Jhon Marshall, freelancer
Host: Pat Santanello
Chapter Director: Scott Wilson


2011-12
Site: Centerville High School
All-Ohio Production: The Laramie Project
Dir. Nancy Wolfgang, Youngstown State University
Host: Joe Beumer
Chapter Director: Scott Wilson


2012-13
Site: Sylvania Northview High School
All-Ohio Production: Rent, School Edition
Dir. Rosie Best, freelancer
Host: Don Wachowiak 
Chapter Director: Scott Wilson


2013-14
Site: Dublin Scioto High School
All-Ohio Production: Good ‘n’ Plenty
Dir. Geoffrey Nelson
Host: Pat Santanello
Chapter Director: Pat Santanello & Irene Imboden


2014-15
Site: Bexley High School
All-Ohio Production: Spring Awakening
Dir. Ross Shirley
Host: Becky Rhinehart
Chapter Director: Pat Santanello & Irene Imboden


2015-16
Site: Dublin Scioto High School
All-Ohio Production: She Kills Monsters
Dir. Mark Mann
Host: Pat Santanello
Chapter Director: Pat Santanello & Irene Imboden

Directed by Mark Mann

Posted by David Myers Art Studio & Galleries on Saturday, March 12, 2016


2016-17
Site: Dublin Scioto High School
All-Ohio Production: Once on This Island 
Dir. Kevin P. Kern
Host: Pat Santanello
Chapter Director:  Pat Santanello & Irene Imboden

Cast, Crew & Creatives Photo Gallery

Posted by David Myers Art Studio & Galleries on Tuesday, March 21, 2017