Our Events

We offer a variety of events throughout the year for Ohio Thespians, Junior Thespians, and teachers.

Student Event

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All-Ohio Audition & Application Deadline

Apply by Wednesday, Dec. 2 | 5 p.m.

Students from across the state audition and interview for one of a handful of prized positions in the annual All-Ohio show. The 2021 show is Time Capsule, an original spoken word, music, dance, and digital production. Apply today on Google Classroom using code: 7ixfgu2

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About the Show
Time Capsule is an original spoken word, music, dance, and digital production directed by Chennelle Bryant-Harris, with script supervision by David Hansen, technical supervision by Aiden Woods, and choreography by SMJ.

The pandemic has moved so much of our lives to the digital world at a time when racial tensions and a politicized nation have created an even greater need for human connection. Through the creation of the All-Ohio showTime Capsulestudents will have the opportunity to share their views of this unique time in our history and share what it was like to be an Ohio high school theater student in 2020-2021. 

How to be a Part of the All-Ohio Show
Actors will submit a headshot/resume and a two minute (max) monologue. (comedic or dramatic). Additionally, please submit a piece responding to the question, “What do you think you’ll remember of 2020?” Use spoken words, music, or dance to share your thoughts.) 

Technicians will submit a resume and examples of their work, including, but not limited to: photos, drawings, plots, prompt scripts, publicity files, etc. Select technicians will have callback interviews with the technical director on the callback/interview dates. Additionally, please submit a video answering one of the following questions: What is one aspect of digital theater that you’re excited about? OR What was the most compelling performance of digital theater you’ve seen? 

While no more than six actors and six technicians will be cast from any one school, there are no limits on how many students can submit videos and apply. 

If selected for this production, actors and technicians will pay a $50 participation fee. Waivers are available. 

Student Event

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Ohio Unified Theatre Audition and Interview Day

Upload deadline Saturday, January 16

Announcing the 2020-21 Ohio Unified Theatre Audition and Interview Day. This opportunity is open to any high school student present to graduate and looking for theatre training (major or minor) to begin in the Fall of 2021.

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Students looking for a fall 2021 start for a college program as either a theatre major or minor are invited to audition/interview at the Ohio Unified event. Over 20 colleges will be present to review and evaluate your work as a technician, designer, writer, actor, managers, and director for admittance to their program. Previous schools attending include:

  • University of Mount Union
  • University of Akron
  • University of Evansville
  • AMDA
  • Ashland University
  • Ohio University
  • University of Findlay
  • Huntington University
  • Otterbein University
  • Ohio Northern University
  • Indiana University South Bend
  • Marietta College
  • University of Detroit Mercy
  • Niagara University
  • Purdue Fort Wayne
  • Fairmont State University
  • New York Conservatory for Dramatic Art
  • Heidlberg University
  • Wittenberg University
  • Rochester University

The cost is just $50 to be seen by all schools involved.

Students do not need to be members of the Thespian Society. The Ohio Unified Interview and Audition day is sponsored by Ohio Thespians, but all seniors interested in a career in the arts are invited to register.

Ohio Thespian Event

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Ohio Thespian State Conference

Join us Saturday, March 27 and Saturday, April 24

In light of the continued threat posed by COVID-19, many of the 2020-21 Ohio Thespian events will be virtual — including this year’s state conference. Workshops, performances, and the state-level Thespys™ competition will take place on Saturday, March 27. The All-Ohio Show and Thespys™ showcase will take place on Saturday, April 24.

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Each March, approximately 1,700 high school students and teachers come together for a weekend celebrating theatre and theatre education. Throughout the weekend, troupes stage performances selected from schools across Ohio, creating an incredible experience for audiences and troupes alike. 

Workshops
Attendees can participate in a variety of exciting workshops led by theatre professionals.

All-Ohio Show
Students from across the state audition and interview for one of a handful of prized positions in the annual All-Ohio show. Cast and crew meet for four intensive weekends to create an unforgettable production. Past All-Ohio shows have included Carrie: The Musical (2019), Letters to Sala (2018), Once On This Island (2017), She Kills Monsters (2016), and Spring Awakening (2015).

Tech Challenge
Tech Challenge offers a fun, competitive, environment to showcase the skills and talents of young theatre technicians. Each event is designed to demonstrate the techniques and practices used in the professional theatre industry.

Thespys
Thespys (formerly Individual Events or IEs) are available in both performance and technical categories and allow students the chance to receive feedback and ratings from theatre professionals. Top scores at the state level will earn students the opportunity to compete at the national level.

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