the latest from thespian nation
This year we will again be using BookTix for show ticket reservations. Every school will receive a unique log in code for our BookTix site. These codes, along with detailed instructions will be sent to troupe directors on Friday, March 15th. The codes will allow troupe directors access to the site ONCE to secure tickets[…]
2019 State Conference Full-Length ProductionsCarrie: The Musical — All OhioA Comedy of Errors — Bowling Green High SchoolThe Elephant Man — Kettering Fairmont High SchoolTrap — The Miami Valley SchoolGirls Like That — Yellow Springs High SchoolFirst Date, Broadway’s Musical Comedy — Westerville South TheatreBoeing Boeing — Riverside High SchoolYou’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown[…]
Looking for details about what to do in Akron while you are in town for state conference? Be sure to download the Akron Summit Convention and Visitors Bureau’s digital concierge.
Honor Troupe recognition celebrates excellence and challenge troupes to achieve greater things in the future. Any number of troupes can be recognized each year and is not a competition. Email digital portfolios to Justin Drummond at email@example.com. by February 11.
The Ohio Chapter of the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) is looking for someone to serve as a delegate to the EdTA Advocacy Leadership Network (ALN). The ALN is a group of passionate arts education advocates from across the country who work to create tools, inform the public and provide opportunities for others who want to[…]
You can be part of the effort to make sure the Ohio Department of Education is outlining the latest skills and knowledge students need in fine arts. During the spring of 2019, the Department will be updating Ohio’s Learning Standards in all fine arts content areas. But first, the Department is asking for your thoughts on the[…]
The deadline to apply for the Send a Troupe to Conference Grant has been extended to December 17. If your troupe has not attended the state conference in the past three years, you are eligible to apply! Visit the Ohio Thespians website to download the application and explore other grant opportunities.
This year, the Ohio Department of Education will begin updating Ohio’s Learning Standards in Fine Arts and World Languages, and you can be part of the process. One way you can participate is by volunteering to serve on a working group for standards revision.
Welcome back, Ohio Thespians! This month we have ten items including two upcoming deadlines.
About Ohio Thespians
an educational theatre association affiliate
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 thespian troupe.
Events and Opportunities
discover how you can be a part of the fun
Interview and Audition DayEvents
Leadership, Excellence, and Advocacy Day (LEAD)Events
The Ohio Thespian State ConferenceEvents
Junior ThespiansEvents Jr
Northwest AreaEvents NW
Southwest AreaEvents SW
Southeast AreaAreas Events SE
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Scholarships, Grants, and Awards
for troupes, students, and educators
Send a Troupe to Conference
Providing a one-time grant for a current Thespian troupe and Junior 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.
Southwest Area Scholarship
Recognizing exceptional southwest area thespians hoping to study theatre or theatre education after high school.
Educator of the Year
Celebrating the valuable contributions thespian troupe directors and educators make to the culture of their high schools and the lifelong impact they have on students. Any one may nominate a theatre educator to receive the award.
Honor Troupe recognition promotes excellence and challenge troupes to achieve greater things in the future. Any number of troupes can be recognized each year.
Administrator of the Year
Recognizing principals and superintendents who support theatre within their schools
Hall of Fame Nominations
The Educational Theatre Association Ohio Chapter Hall of Fame honors those individuals who have given outstanding service to Ohio EdTA and Ohio Thespians.