Oregon Thespians is the Oregon Chapter of the International Thespian Society,

an affiliate of the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA).

The International Thespian Society (ITS) has been honoring excellence in the work of theatre students since 1929. Thespian troupes serve students in grades nine through twelve, and Junior Thespian troupes serve students in grades six through eight. There are at present active ITS troupes in more than 4,000 high schools and middle schools, mostly in the United States and Canada, but includes international schools, too.

Oregon Thespians has been a long-standing Chapter of ITS and maintains a prominent and active presence at national and international EdTA events. Each troupe is led by a Troupe Director who is a professional member of the Educational Theatre Association. The Troupe Director is typically—but not always—the theatre teacher in the school. Students earn an invitation to Thespian Society membership on the basis of their achievements in the school’s theatre program.

Membership in Oregon Thespians is automatic, once a school charters and maintains a Thespian Troupe (or Junior Thespian Troupe) with ITS. Complete information on how to charter and maintain a troupe can be found at the EdTA’s website: http://schooltheatre.org/


Current Troupe List

We have a large Thespian family here in Oregon!



Oregon Thespians Deadlines 2021-2022
Click the links below for more information.

  • Oregon Thespians Board Meetings (Sundays @ 11:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.)​

    • July 16-18, 2021: Board Work Weekend & Planning Session

    • July 21-24, 2021: EdTA Leadership Summit -- Online

    • August 29, 2021: Southridge HS

    • September 18, 2021: Southridge HS (Aloha HS hosts at Southridge)

    • December 12, 2021: Central HS

    • January 23, 2022: McMinnville HS

    • March 6, 2022: McKay HS

    • May 1, 2022: Off site for old/new board (online for guests)

    • ~Please email sec'y James Fewer, Southridge HS Troupe Director, in advance if you plan to attend a board mtg so we can send you the virtual meeting link or directions.~

  • INSTAFEST--Cancelled

    • Sat. October 2, 2021

    • Look for an STO-led online social activity instead.

    • Registration opens in September (N/A for 2021). 

    • DEADLINE: Thurs. Sept. 23 (N/A for 2021)


    • South: Sat. January 8, 2022

      • 10am-3pm

      • Host: Central HS

    • North: Sun. January 9, 2022

      • 10am-3pm

      • Host: Parkrose HS

    • Registration opens in December.

    • DEADLINE: Thurs. Jan. 6


    • Sat. February 5, 2022

      • NE Host: Parkrose HS

      • NW Host: Century HS

      • S Host: Central HS/Dallas HS

    • Registration opens in January.

    • DEADLINE: Thurs. Jan. 13


    • Thurs.-Sat. March 31​-April 2, 2022

    • Salem Convention Center, Elsinore Theatre, and Grand Theatre in Salem, OR + additional venues in downtown Salem

    • Registration opens in February.

    • DEADLINE: Thurs. March 3


    • June 20-24, 2022

    • Bloomington, IN (IU campus)

    • Registration: See ITF site for details.

    • DEADLINES: See ITF site for details re: main stage submissions, registration, Thespys, college auditions, payments, consent forms, and more.​

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