top of page

WELCOME TO OREGON THESPIANS!

YOU BELONG HERE!

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/

IMG_4957.JPG

We're glad you're here!

We have a large Thespian family!

IMPORTANT DATES

Oregon Thespians Deadlines 2023-2024
Click the links below for more information.

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

    • July 18-19, 2023: EdTA Advocacy Day -- Washington DC

    • July 20-21, 2023: EdTA Leadership Summit -- McLean, VA

    • August 19-20, 2023: Board Work Weekend & Planning Session

    • September 23, 2023: Cascade HS (during Thespis: a Leadership Summit)

    • December 10, 2023: Southridge HS

    • January 21, 2024: McMinnville HS

    • March 3 & March 10, 2024: McKay HS

    • April 28, 2024: Off site for old/new board (online for guests)

    • ~Please email sec'y Jim 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.~

  • Oregon Thespians Troupe Director Meetings (pre/post/during lunchtime)​

    • Thespis: a Leadership Summit (brief overview; not full meeting)

    • InstaFest (all)

    • Jr Play Day (Jr. Troupe Directors)

    • Regionals (HS Troupe Directors)

    • State (typically Fri. for Jr. Troupe Directors and Sat. for HS Troupe Directors)

  • INSTAFEST

    • Sat. October 7, 2023

    • Host: Crater Renaissance Academy

    • Registration opens in September. 

    • DEADLINE: Thurs. Sept. 28

  • OpenWater Submissions

  • Window opens Tues. Nov. 1, 2023

    • Playwriting Submissions

      • DUE Thurs. Dec. 15, 2023

    • Main Stage Submissions

      • ​DUE Thurs. Dec. 15, 2023

    • Scholarship Submissions

      • DUE Thurs. Dec. 15, 2023​

  • JUDGE TRAINING

    • South: Sat. January 13, 2024

      • 10am-3pm

      • Host: Stayton HS

    • North: Sun. January 14, 2024

      • 10am-3pm

      • Host: Tigard HS

    • Registration opens in December.

    • DEADLINE: Thurs. Jan. 11

  • REGIONALS

    • Sat. February 3, 2024

      • NE Host: Sam Barlow HS

      • NW Host: Liberty HS

      • S Host: North Salem HS

    • Registration opens in January.

    • REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Thurs. Jan. 18

    • CHANGE DEADLINE: Thurs. Jan. 25

    • Only DROPS allowed after final deadline. NO OTHER CHANGES. NO ADDs.

  • THESPIANS STATE FESTIVAL

    • Thurs.-Sat. April 4-6, 2024

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

    • Registration opens in mid-February.

    • BIG STATE DEADLINE: Thurs. Feb. 29

      • NO ADDS after Feb. 29.​

    • FINAL CHANGES/DROPS DEADLINE: Thurs. March 7

      • NO CHANGES after Mar. 7.

  • JUNIOR THESPIANS DAY at STATE

    • Friday, April 5, 2024

    • Salem Convention Center and Grand Theatre in Salem, OR

    • Registration opens in February.

    • BIG STATE DEADLINE: Thurs. Feb. 29

      • NO ADDS after Feb. 29​

      • FINAL CHANGES/DROPS DEADLINE: Thurs. March 7

      • NO CHANGES after Mar. 7.

  • INTERNATIONAL THESPIAN FESTIVAL

    • June 24-28, 2024

    • Bloomington, IN (IU campus)

    • Virtual option available.

    • 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.​

Honor Chapter Medallion GOLD

Check out our Instagram Feeds!

@orjuniorthespians

@oregonthespians

Troupe Production Map

Map to the Stars

Click on the map. Select a point to reveal an Oregon Thespian troupe. Find their productions by clicking on their web address located in the map bubble.

bottom of page