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 2020-2021 Click the links below for more information.

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

    • July 22-26, 2020: EdTA Leadership Summit & Board Work Weekend -- Online

    • August 16, 2020: McKay HS -- Online

    • September 20, 2020: Patton MS -- Online

    • December 13, 2020: McMinnville HS -- Online

    • January 31, 2021: Central HS -- Online

    • ADDED: February 21, 2021: Online

    • March 14, 2021: Southridge HS Online

    • May 2, 2021: 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.~

  • INSTAFEST--Cancelled

    • Sorry, but InstaFest 2020 is CANCELLED as we focus our virtual energy on our other three fall events. However, in lieu of InstaFest, look for some incredible STO-led virtual interactive social troupe events coming to social media!

    • September 25, 2021

    • Host: Grants Pass HS

    • Registration opens in September. 

    • DEADLINE: Thurs. Sept. 16​


    • February 6, 2021

      • NE Host: OpenWater

      • NW Host: OpenWater

      • S Host: OpenWater

    • Student Submission window opens Sat. Feb. 6 (both performance and design/tech--early entry).

    • DEADLINE: Fri. Feb. 12

    • Adjudication Window: Sun. Feb. 14-Sun. Feb. 21

    • Scores/Feedback Released: Tues. Feb. 23​

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