the latest from thespian nation
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.
DIRECTOR: Luke BovenizerMUSIC DIRECTOR: Ian LeRoyELIGIBLE CAST: Active high school thespians from the state of OhioTITLE: Carrie: The MusicalDATES OF COMMITMENT:September 1, 2018: Audition/Tech Applications will open via GetAcceptd.com November 1, 2018: Applications CloseNovember 18, 2018: In-person Callbacks at Westerville South HSDecember 9, 2018: Meet and greet / Read through at Westerville South HSJanuary 18-21, 2019: First[…]
Congratulations to this year’s Tech Challenge participants!
To address concerns that have been raised in the past, we are implementing some new procedures for 2018 to help give as many troupes as possible access to shows. Every school will receive two unique login codes for our BookTix site. One login will be for shows and one will be for workshops. We anticipate these codes to[…]
Bringing a show to the 2018 Ohio Thespian State Conference? For only $25 you can have a promotional banner ad featured in Guidebook conference weekend. All proceeds go to support scholarships for Ohio thespians. Banner ads must be 600 pixels wide, 110 pixels tall, 300DPI or higher and formatted as a .PNG file. All ads[…]
The Educational Theatre Association and the International Thespian Society have partnered with the American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE) to sponsor Theatre in Our Schools to raise public awareness of the impact of theatre education and draw attention to the need for more access to quality programs for all students. Theatre in Our Schools presentations and advocacy may happen anytime in schools, theatres, and[…]
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
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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.