April 29, 2017



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

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

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

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

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

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

Scholarships and Awards

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 Scholarship
Benefiting Thespians who have demonstrated exceptional participation and leadership on the local and state level.

Bob Fose Scholarship
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.

Southwest Area Scholarship
Recognizing exceptional southwest area thespians hoping to study theatre or theatre education after high school.

Honor Troupe
Honor Troupe recognition promotes excellence and challenge troupes to achieve greater things in the future. Any number of troupes can be recognized each year. You are not in competition with other Thespian Troupes. 

Nominate an Educator

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.

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Individual Events

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. Schools may register two students for Musical Solo, two students for Monologue, two students in ALL Technical Categories, and one entry per all other categories. IEs will begin Friday evening opposite one of the All-Ohio performances. No spectators are allowed in the competition spaces.

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Tech Challenge

One of state conference’s most popular events, Tech Challenge offers a fun, competitive, educationally sound environment to showcase 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. Tech Challenge includes six events. 

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StARs (Student Area Representatives) are troupe members from individual areas who meet in order to plan their area’s conference. It is a great way to network with other theatre students, as well as contribute to theatre beyond your school. In order to be a STO (State Thespian Officer) from your area, you must first be a StAR. To learn more about StARS in your area, visit your area page. 

State Thespian Officers

The Ohio EdTA Board of Directors comprises adult members and Student Thespian Officers (STOs). STOs are elected representatives from each of Ohio’s six areas and enjoy full voting privileges. They represent and are the voices of all thespians in Ohio. STOs attend all board meetings and help in the planning of all Ohio EdTA events. STOs meet with thespian troupe officers to share leadership skills and lead thespian-related discussions. STOs are the main workshop presenters at LEAD and are involved in planning and running both area and state conferences. They conduct fundraisers, oversee the dance, introduce shows, and make themselves available to network with and talk to conference delegates. STOs are eligible to run for International Thespian Officers (ITO), who plan the International Thespian Festival.