The Ohio Thespian State Conference


2019 Ohio Thespian State Conference
Akron School for the Arts at Firestone CLC
March 29 – 31, 2019

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. The 2018 All-Ohio Show was Letters to Sala

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Guidebook

Performance and workshops schedules are available on the Guidebook app.


Register to attend state conference

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

Required Conference Forms and Guidelines

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. Learn more.

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.

Events include:

  • Prop Building  
  • Sound System Hook-Up   
  • Costume Quick Change    
  • Platform Legging
  • Light Hang and Focus
  • Drop Fold

Download the Tech Challenge Handout

 

Performances

Throughout state conference weekend, troupes stage performances selected from high schools across Ohio, creating a one of a kind opportunity for students and teachers alike. To be considered for a performance, troupe directors must request an official screening.

It is the mission of the Educational Theatre Association: Ohio Chapter to broaden the theatrical horizons of our students. In pursuit of this objective, we will prioritize the selection of shows that have not appeared at state conference in the past four years. While we will consider shows that have been performed in recent years, we strongly encourage you to consult the performance archive prior to requesting a screening.

2018 State Conference

  • Letters to Sala (All-Ohio)
  • All in the Timing — Thomas Worthington High School
  • Curious Savage — Centerville High School
  • Peter and the Starcatcher — Franklin High School
  • The Imaginary Invalid — Lake Ridge Academy
  • next to normal — Logan High School
  • Songs for a New World — Sylvania Northview High School
  • The Little Mermaid — Northmont High School
  • The Good Times are Killing Me — Olentangy Orange High School
  • A Midsummers Night’s Dream — St. Xavier High School

2017 State Conference

  • Once on This Island (All-Ohio)
  • Alice
  • Almost Maine
  • Anna Bella Eema: A Ghost Story for Three Bodies with Three Voices
  • Little Women the Broadway Musical
  • 30 Neo- Futurist Plays from Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind: 30 Plays in 60 Minutes
  • You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

2016 State Conference

  • She Kills Monsters (All-Ohio)
  • The Boys Next Door
  • Leaving Iowa
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Peter and the Star Catcher
  • Pirate Girl
  • Power
  • Twelve Angry Jurors
  • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

2015 State Conference

  • Spring Awakening (All-Ohio)
  • Boeing, Boeing
  • The Crucible
  • The Diary of Anne Frank
  • Dr. U
  • Fools
  • The Foreigner
  • I Never Saw Another Butterfly
  • It’s Not the End of the World
  • Legally Blonde
  • M*A*S*H
  • Our Town
  • The Wedding Singer

2014 State Conference

  • Good and Plenty (All-Ohio)
  • All My Sons
  • Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Marvin’s Room
  • Over the Tavern
  • Oedipus
  • The Women of Whitechapel
  • You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown

2013 State Conference

  • Rent (All-Ohio)
  • Anatomy of Grey
  • Is He Dead?
  • James and the Giant Peach
  • Our Town
  • The Outsiders
  • Rumors
  • The Sound of music
  • [title of show]
  • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
  • Who Will Carry the Word?
  • Xanadu
Workshops

Are you interested in presenting a workshop at state, junior or area conference? Submit a proposal today.

Present a Workshop
Colleges

Colleges attending the 2018 Ohio Thespian State Conference include:

  • Ashland University
  • Austin Peay State University
  • Bowling Green State University
  • Heildelberg University
  • Marietta College
  • Miami University
  • Mount Vernon Nazarene University
  • Ohio Northern University
  • Ohio University
  • Otterbein University
  • The Ohio State University
  • The University of Akron
  • The University of Dayton
  • The University of Findlay
  • The University of Mt Union
  • The University of Toledo
  • Wittenberg University
  • Wright State University
  • Youngstown State University
Troupe Director Appreciation and Hall of Fame Dinner

Please consult the 2018 Ohio Thespian State Conference Guidebook App for the latest updates on the Troupe Director Appreciation and Hall of Fame Dinner.

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


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


2017-18
Site: Northomont High School
All-Ohio Production: Letters to Sala
Dir. Gail Griffith
Host: Ranger Puterbaugh
Chapter Director:  Pat Santanello & Irene Imboden