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About Ohio Thespians

an educational theatre association affiliate
A passionate network of more than 100,000 theatre advocates

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.

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State Conference
State Conference
March 27 – 29, 2020
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.

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Interview & Audition Day
Interview & Audition Day
January 11, 2020
Ohio Thespians sponsors a once-a-year opportunity for students to audition for musical theatre, acting, design and technology, and general theatre programs. Universities from across the state and surrounding areas attend to meet with students and discuss potential opportunities.

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Tech Challenge
Tech Challenge
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Tech Challenge offers 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.

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Individual Events
Individual Events
March 27 – 28, 2020
Individual Events (IEs) are available in both performance and technical categories and allow students the chance to receive feedback and ratings from theatre professionals. Any delegate attending state or junior conference is eligible to register for IEs.

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Send a Troupe To Conference Grant Deadline

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SCROOGE! (The Musical)

Northwest Area StARS Meeting

The Revolutionists by Lauren Gunderson

SCROOGE! (The Musical)

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The Revolutionists by Lauren Gunderson

SCROOGE! (The Musical)

The Revolutionists by Lauren Gunderson

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Our Areas

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Northwest Area

Allen, Auglaize, Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry Logan, Lucas, Mercer, Paulding, Shelby, Van Wert, Williams, and Wood counties.

North Area

Ashland, Crawford, Erie, Holmes, Huron, Lorain, Medina, Ottawa, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Washington, and Wyandot counties.

Northeast Area

Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Harrison, Jefferson, Lake, Mahoning, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, and Tuscarawas counties.

Central Area

Belmont, Coshocton, Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Guernsey, Knox, Licking, Madison, Marion, Monroe, Morgan, Morrow, Muskingham, Noble, Perry, Pickaway, and Union counties.

Southwest Area

Brown, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Darke, Greene, Hamilton, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Warren counties

South Area

Adams, Athens, Fayette, Gallia, Highland, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Vinton, and Washington counties

Junior Thespians

Junior Thespians are a subset of the theatre arts program specifically designed for students in grades 6-8 across Ohio.

2020 Ohio Thespian State Conference | Dublin Scioto High School

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(614) 398-0734 | info@ohiothespians.org