The Educational Theatre Association: 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.
Background checks will be conducted on all adult participants to better ensure the safety of students attending EdTA events. Background checks are conducted online by Trak-1 and allow the state to pay a lower insurance premium. They are provided at no cost to schools.
Background check FAQ
- Q: “I already did a background check at my school. Do I need to do another one?”
- Q: “Do my chaperones need to submit a background check?”
- Q: How much does this cost?
A: Nothing. Background checks are provided free of charge.
- Q: “Will I need to do this again next year?”
A: Yes. Adults attending Ohio Thespian events will be required to submit a background check each academic year.
- Q: I don’t feel comfortable providing some of this information. Can I skip parts of it?
A: Yes. If you do not feel comfortable providing certain pieces of information such as your social security number, you can leave that section blank and still submit.
- Q. Is there a paper form I can use instead?
A. Yes. You can download it here.
The Educational Theatre Association is a national nonprofit organization of more than 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.
We host a variety of events to build leadership skills and promote excellence in theatre. Our fall Leadership Excellence and Advocacy Day (L.E.A.D) helps students hone skills critical to success on the stage and in the world, while area conferences allow thespians to take advantage of performances and workshops close to home. Each year, six students are elected to join the board and represent their area by serving as State Thespian Officers.
We are committed to keeping troupe members safe and protected. To that end, we are pleased to provide our members with insurance coverage, bridging the liability gap where a school’s insurance leaves off. This added safety is provided free of charge to registered troupes. Coverage extends to International Thespian Society (ITS) activities, including rehearsals, meetings, performances and other social events. Coverage does not apply to every situation, such as “adventure” activities including high-ropes courses or whitewater rafting trips. When you are unsure whether an activity may or may not be covered, please contact RiskManagement@schooltheatre.org.
For information on establishing or reestablishing a troupe at your school, please visit the International Thespian Society registration page.
Throughout state conference weekend, troupes stage performances selected from high schools across Ohio, creating a one of a kind opportunity for students and teachers alike. To be considered for a performance, troupe directors must request an official screening.
It is the mission of the Educational Theatre Association: Ohio Chapter to broaden the theatrical horizons of our students. In pursuit of this objective, we will prioritize the selection of shows that have not appeared at state conference in the past four years. While we will consider shows that have been performed in recent years, we strongly encourage you to consult the performance archive prior to requesting a screening.
2018 State Conference
- Letters to Sala (All-Ohio)
- All in the Timing — Thomas Worthington High School
- Curious Savage — Centerville High School
- Peter and the Starcatcher — Franklin High School
- The Imaginary Invalid — Lake Ridge Academy
- next to normal — Logan High School
- Songs for a New World — Sylvania Northview High School
- The Little Mermaid — Northmont High School
- The Good Times are Killing Me — Olentangy Orange High School
- A Midsummers Night’s Dream — St. Xavier High School
2017 State Conference
- Once on This Island (All-Ohio)
- Almost Maine
- Anna Bella Eema: A Ghost Story for Three Bodies with Three Voices
- Little Women the Broadway Musical
- 30 Neo- Futurist Plays from Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind: 30 Plays in 60 Minutes
- You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
2016 State Conference
- She Kills Monsters (All-Ohio)
- The Boys Next Door
- Leaving Iowa
- Much Ado About Nothing
- Peter and the Star Catcher
- Pirate Girl
- Twelve Angry Jurors
- The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
2015 State Conference
- Spring Awakening (All-Ohio)
- Boeing, Boeing
- The Crucible
- The Diary of Anne Frank
- Dr. U
- The Foreigner
- I Never Saw Another Butterfly
- It’s Not the End of the World
- Legally Blonde
- Our Town
- The Wedding Singer
2014 State Conference
- Good and Plenty (All-Ohio)
- All My Sons
- Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged
- The Great Gatsby
- Marvin’s Room
- Over the Tavern
- The Women of Whitechapel
- You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown
2013 State Conference
- Rent (All-Ohio)
- Anatomy of Grey
- Is He Dead?
- James and the Giant Peach
- Our Town
- The Outsiders
- The Sound of music
- [title of show]
- The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
- Who Will Carry the Word?
Screening Request Requirements:
Schools will need to have full-length productions screened in order to perform at conference. Productions can not be student written or student directed.
There will be three different venues available for full length productions at the 2019 Ohio Thespian State Conference — main Stage, a converted stage in the gym and a black box theatre (seating around 80 people).
Schools applying must be able to bring their show to participate in the Ohio Thespian State Conference if recommended and accepted. Our 2019 Ohio Thespian State Conference is being held at Akron School for the Arts at Firestone CLC on March 29 – 31, 2019.
There is a $50 fee for the screening process performed at your school. An invoice will be sent when your application is submitted. There is no fee to have a One Act or a cutting (60 minutes or 45 minutes) screened at an Area Conference. All Area Conferences are on January 12, 2019. Marathon productions and student written or student directed productions (less than 45 minutes total, including set up and strike) do not have to be screened and there is no fee.
All requests for screening need to be submitted by Friday, September 8, 2018 and the school’s show must be performed by Sunday, February 3, 2019. We are not able to screen performances that occur after this date. Contact Jeremy Imboden for more information.
Each year, over 1,700 attend the Ohio Thespian State Conference. For thespians across Ohio, this weekend is the highlight of the academic year. It is a tremendous honor to be selected as a host school, as well as an enormous undertaking requiring a significant commitment throughout the school year. Don’t worry, you won’t have to do it alone, the Educational Theatre Association Ohio Chapter (OhEdTA) and our network of volunteers are here to help you make the conference a success.
Before applying for your school to take center stage, we strongly encourage you to attend our EdTA Leadership Seminar held each year just prior to closing ceremonies. Hosts from past years, as well as members of the executive board will be on hand to share information and answer questions.
We organize the state conference two years in advance, meaning if you submit your application during the 2018 application cycle, you are applying to host in March 2020. If selected as host for 2020, and you have not hosted a conference in the previous 5 years, during the intervening year of 2019 you will join the board and serve as Deputy Host. This will provide you an up close look at the process.
Please review our calendar and overview of conference requirements for assuming hosting duties prior to applying. The application deadline and accompanying documents are due December 1, 2017.
To ensure the conference remains a vibrant celebration of theatre, there are significant facility requirements of host schools. Before applying, confirm your school’s ability to meet these minimum requirements. Please note it is acceptable to split conference between two locations provided both locations are within immediate walking distance, as in the case of separate high school and junior high buildings.
- Airport access for ITO, presenters and EdTA representatives
- Workshop rooms (18 regular classrooms, plus large rooms for dance workshops, stage combat workshops, movement workshops) each with computer access/ whiteboard available
- IE rooms (need to be away from workshops) – need 6 regular rooms plus a large room for group musical. Need a large area like the media center for tech IEs.
- A large space for IE Central
- College audition rooms with pianos (one for warm-up room; one for auditions) – two rooms
- Scholarship audition rooms with pianos (one for warm-up room; one for auditions)
- Room where board can work that has computer access (for Guidebook) and a copier that we can use
- Performance spaces (need technical specs for all spaces)
- What tech is available for each space and what needs to be rented?
- For rentals, a complete list of local stage, lighting, and sound rental companies.
- Where can schools load in for each performance space (outside doors)?
- There needs to be two featured full-length performance spaces; one space for 45-minute to one hour cuttings (seating about 200 people), and one space for marathon performances (about 100 seats).
- A performance space is needed for IE Showcase on Sunday morning.
- Space for the dance; large open space for Tech Challenge (both held on Saturday night)
- Multiple pianos for college auditions, scholarship auditions, and workshops
- Registration location
- Area for buses to arrive at conference and park
- Adult hospitality location
- Large STO room in high traffic area, needs tables and to be locked each evening.
- A space that will hold 1,800 people for opening and closing ceremonies.
- Space for ticketing.
- Space for Information Table in the main entrance of conference with a table, two chairs, and an area to post things
- Spaces for vendors with electricity (high traffic area),- each vendor needs a table and two chairs.
- Spaces for college reps with electricity (high traffic area) – each college needs a table and two chairs.
- Space for troupe displays (troupes bring their own tables)
- Large room for Silent Auction that can be locked – need many tables and places to hang banners.
- Space for Hall of Fame Dinner – should accommodate about 100 people for dinner with tables, linens, etc.
- List of available hotels with group rates and contact information (choose one as Conference hotel that has at least 50 rooms available as I will reserve 30 of them for the board and workshop / home office people)
- Name of school’s transportation contact person for shuttle bus rentals
- Name/ contact information of security/ resource officer
- Clinic space and name of nurse available for conference (we generally pay a nurse $500 for the weekend)
- Access to scene shop so Tech Director can build the set along with the All-Ohio tech crew.
- Room to store the All-Ohio set.
- All-Ohio rehearses all day the Thursday (day before) conference and performs a parent preview that evening. They rehearse all day on the Friday of conference before their performances.
- You will need to find families who will house the All-Ohio kids for the weekends (host families just supply room to sleep, All-Ohio feeds them).
The current budgetary allotment for conference is as follows:
- Transportation — $3,000 for hotel shuttle busses
- Facilities — $18,000 for all auxiliary spaces for performances, gym, band room, choir room; chair/table rentals; lighting, sound, staging, and custodial staff).
- Food — $25,000 Host makes food arrangements with your school’s food service – must make provisions for gluten-free, vegetarian, and food allergies.
- Lunch and dinner on Saturday
- Coffee/Tea all weekend for the adult hospitality room
- Hall of Fame Dinner
- Generally the host school’s theatre boosters sell food for the weekend – pizza, snacks, drinks, (especially water) to cover dinner on Friday night (boosters in the last five years have sold pizza and soda for troupes when they arrive and when they leave at the end of the night).
You will be required to provide written quotes for food and transportation with your application.
Host will make arrangements with local hotels for the conference. The conference uses 250 or more rooms. Hotels should supply breakfast and give a lower room rate and have availability for quad rooms. The board will need the list of rooms at the August retreat. The list needs to include:
- Name and address of hotel
- Contact person information
- Rooms available (size; how many)
- Cost per room
- Deadline for registration
In August, the board will convene for our first planning session at the site of that year’s conference. For this weekend-long planning session the following is required:
- Hotel rooms reserved for 34 people at the conference hotel.
- Somewhere to have a nice dinner on Saturday night (Ohio EdTA will pay, but you need to make reservations)
- Lunch on Saturday (Ohio EdTA will pay, but you need to arrange)
- A large meeting space for the weekend (Friday, 6:00 – 10:00 PM; Saturday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM; Sunday 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM)
- WiFi password for the weekend.
- Access to all rooms for a Saturday tour
- Rooms available for each planning team to use before the tour
- Regular board meeting at Dublin Scioto HS (host must attend).
- Regular board meeting at Dublin Scioto HS (host must attend).
- Space for All-Ohio Show auditions in early December.
- All-Ohio Show rehearsal weekends are Martin Luther King weekend (Friday night, Saturday all day and evening, Sunday all day and evening, and Monday all day)
- All-Ohio Show rehearsal President’s Day weekend (same schedule as the January weekend)
Scheduling weekend takes place at the host site the second weekend in February (one week after the early-bird deadline).
- The board will meet Friday evening.
- STOs will put their ducks together (and will need a place to store 4,500 ducks).
- Ohio EdTA will reserve hotel rooms at the conference hotel.
- Saturday the board will meet all day to schedule workshops, performances, college auditions, scholarships.
- We usually meet with the school resource officer and theatre booster president at this meeting.
- Need a place to bring the board for dinner Saturday night.
- Sunday is a regular board meeting at the host school from 11 – 3 PM.
- All-Ohio Show rehearsal weekend in March (Friday evening, Saturday all day and evening, Sunday all day)
On Friday, preparations will begin at noon. 50 parent and student helpers are needed for conference weekend. The host school is responsible for setting up all the main and auxiliary performance spaces.
The following will be needed:
Space to put registration bags together.
Access to the hospitality room so that it can be set up during the afternoon.
Access to the silent auction room so that it can be set up during the day.
STO room will need to be set up during the day.
Conference officially begins at 4:00 PM.
Parent volunteers will be needed to make airport runs for presenters and EdTA representatives.
Parent volunteers will be needed to shuttle presenters from hotel to conference site and back again.
You will need a full custodial staff for the weekend. Ohio EdTA pays custodial fees for the weekend (usually billed as overtime hours), but we do not pay facility rental fees.
Your school’s tech director will be needed to run your auditorium and you will need tech people for each performance space. The board will pay the tech director $1,000 for the weekend.
Ohio EdTA will pay for any tech rentals for auxiliary spaces – pipe, drape, lighting, sound.
You need to create directional signs for the halls.
WiFi needs to be available to everyone for conference weekend.
A list of businesses and services for the Information Table, with addresses and telephone numbers, available in the area to include:
Restaurants (all kinds)
Walmart, Target type stores
Theatrical supply stores
Nearest hospital emergency room(s)
Churches and times of services (especially Roman Catholic and Mormon)
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.
Applications should be submitted to Justin Drummond by Monday, February 11, 2019.
To recognize principals and superintendents who support theatre within their schools, EdTA: Ohio Chapter has created an Administrator’s Award plaque which will be presented during the State Conference awards ceremony on Sunday. If you are an active Thespian Troupe registered for conference and are blessed with a supportive administrator, nominate him or her by composing a letter of nomination and submitting it to Justin Drummond by February 11, 2019.
The Educational Theatre Association Ohio Chapter Hall of Fame has been established to honor those individuals who have given outstanding service to Ohio EdTA and Ohio Thespians.
- Any current Ohio EdTA adult member may submit a letter of nomination.
- Letters of nomination should be sent to Justin Drummond no later than Monday, February 11, 2019.
- Letters should contain the following information: (a) the full name and title (if appropriate) the nominee, (b) the current school, business, community, or organizational affiliation of the nominee, (c) any previous such affiliations that contribute to the nominee’s qualifications, (d) a list of the specific contributions the nominee has made to the work of the organization, (e) a statement by the person submitting the letter that he/she has researched and verified the accuracy of the information contained in the letter.
- The nominee must have served Ohio EdTA in a significant manner over a period of several years.
- The nominee may be a college/university professor or instructor, a conference host, an All-Ohio Show Director or Tech Director, a workshop or in-service presenter, a former Thespian Troupe director, a businessman, a parent, or a member of the community at large.
- The contributions of the nominee may have focused on one or more areas which either advanced theatre education for students and teachers or advanced the organization’s ability to serve its members.
- In any one year, the number of those elected to the Hall of Fame may vary from none to four. (0 to 4)
- The nominees will be presented to the Board for final selection. After approval by the Board, Chapter Director will notify the honorees and invite them to be present for an induction presentation during the State Conference.
Are you interested in presenting a workshop at the 2018 conference? Submit a proposal today.