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Fall Production Season is in full swing as Thespians across Oregon are treading the boards with an impressive range of shows!  Remember that we want to showcase three of these as Main Stage Productions at the State Festival.  Consider submitting your show for possible selection as a Main Stage Production at this year’s Festival.  You have until December 15 to turn in your completed application, along with the necessary support materials.  Please remember that the committee needs two weeks notice to arrange for a live respondent to come to your show, but you can submit your show after the fact, as long as you meet the December 15 deadline.  Take a look at the information found here, and give careful thought to whether or not you should submit.  Points to consider include the considerable time and effort bringing a show entails, along with the practical considerations of the Elsinore Theatre’s technical specifications.  Please review this information carefully, and then get in on the act!

See HAMLET with NT LIVE! Special Thespians Showing 10/23

hamletbatchThird Rail Repertory Theatre presents a special Oregon Thespians showing of HAMLET, starring Benedict Cumberbatch.  Third Rail’s public viewings of this NT LIVE presentation are selling out one after the other, with the company trying to keep pace by adding screenings of this unique opportunity to experience a bold new production of the world’s most famous play.

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS to this special showing at the Marilyn Moyer Theatre on Jesuit High School’s campus, Friday, October 23, at 7 pm.  All seats are $10 for Thespians, $12 for Non-Thespians, and $12 for HS Teachers, general admission (this special presentation is for high school students and educators only).

Teachers!  Purchase 15 Student tickets (Thespian or Non-Thespian) in the same transaction and a Teacher ticket in that transaction will be free!

Learn more about the production here.  You can visit Third Rail’s NT LIVE site for information on other upcoming showings, direct from London!

OTEA Conference to turn on the STEAM, October 9

imaginary-foundation-art-scienceOregon Theatre Educators Association (the teacher-centered program of Oregon’s Educational Theatre Association Chapter) will present a day-long professional development conference at Portland State University’s Lincoln Hall on Friday, October 9, from 9 am to 4:30 pm.

The theme of this year’s conference is STEAM (vs STEM) Education, infusing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math with the Arts.  And vice versa.

STEAM PUNKS OF OREGON will feature guest workshop leaders who will show you how your curriculum can be (probably already is) STEAM powered.  Any and all theatre educators in Oregon are encouraged to attend.  Click here for more information, or to register online.  The registration deadline is Tuesday, October 6.

We’re back! And We’re Busy!

We-Are-BackThe 2015-2016 school year is underway, and Oregon Thespians are hitting the ground running!  We have two events happening right away that need your Troupe’s immediate attention.

LEADERSHIP SUMMIT is Saturday, September 19, and Sunday, September 20.  We’ll meet at Rex Putnam HS in Milwaukie on Saturday at 1 pm (after lunch) and meet through dinner, after which we’ll see PLAY ON at New Century Players, featuring some familiar faces!  On Sunday morning, we meet at Portland Center Stage, downtown, where we’ll meet before lunch on your own and another show together:  OUR TOWN at PCS.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER BY SEPTEMBER 10 (name changes are permitted through Sept 17).

IMPROV FESTIVAL 2015 will be hosted by Lakeridge HS in Lake Oswego on Saturday, September 26, and a fun day of dramatic interaction with Thespians from across the state is in store!  Click the IMPROV tab above for complete information.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER BY SEPTEMBER 21.

Get on it, Thespians!  Let’s launch ourselves into a terrific year!


1516compass2015-2016 OREGON THESPIAN EVENTS

Camp Thespis – August 10-12 – Camp Angelos near Corbett

Leadership Summit – September 19-20 – Rex Putnam HS, Milwaukie

Improv Festival – September 26 – Lakeridge HS, Lake Oswego

EdTA Conference for Troupe Directors (St Pete Beach, FL) – October 1-4

OTEA Conference for Troupe Directors – October 9 – Location TBA

Judges Training – January 16 – Rex Putnam HS (North) / McNary HS (South)

Regionals – February 6 – NW at Wilson HS, Portland; NE at Clackamas HS, Clackamas; S at Central HS, Salem (co-hosted by Dallas HS).

State Festival – March 31, April 1-2 – Salem, OR

Thespian Board Meetings will be August 9 (Camp Angelos), December 13 (Milwaukie HS), January 24 (Rex Putnam HS), March 5 (McNary HS), and May 15 (TBA).

Remember that Troupe Directors are welcome at all Board Meetings, which are generally from Noon to 4 pm on their scheduled dates.  The August 9 meeting at Camp Angelos will begin at 2 pm.

The Results Are In: WE WIN!

A “THESTIteam trophyVAL” BY THE NUMBERS: Over 1300 Thespians and Junior Thespians from 60 Middle and High Schools; 25 workshop and performance venues at 7 different sites throughout Downtown Salem;  57 unique workshops taught  by 21 guest artists and organizations, in addition to Thespian Troupes; 3 Main Stage Productions; 37 One Acts; 4 hours of sonnets on the Capitol steps; Several flash mobs;  124 Showcase Auditions, resulting in 20 Showcase Performances; 79 Tech/Design Presentations;  5 Honor Troupes;  $10,900 in college scholarships awarded to students; $1239.73 raised in 1 minute for South Albany HS; and $2000 raised for Broadway Cares!


Get ready for STATE 2016: March 31-April 2, 2016

Your Guide to the Whole THESTIVAL!

QR-code (1)Once again, our State Festival has gone mobile with GUIDEBOOK, the app that lets you carry everything you need for a fun and full weekend in the palm of your hand.  Create your own schedule, search workshop and play titles to find exactly what you’re looking for, and — most importantly — keep up to date with every last-minute change or update!

Click here (or scan the code at left) to download GUIDEBOOK. The Thestival begins soon!

You can use the following PDF files to create your own printed schedule of Workshops and One Acts.  Download and print the documents before you come to State. No printed schedules will be distributed at the Festival!



During workshop times, you’ll also have a chance to meet STEVE!  Artists and representatives at our State Thespian Educational Vendor Expo are excited to meet you!


Get Ready for a GREAT State!

be-preparedRegistrations are in!  Over 1200 Thespians will be gathering in Salem April 9-11 for the 2015 Oregon Thespians State Festival:  “I WISH TO GO TO THE THESTIVAL!”

Troupe Directors will receive Showcase Audition and Tech Entry schedules for Thursday, April 9, as will those who signed up to give an Honor Troupe presentation.

In addition, your Troupe can sign up to present one or more SHAKESPEARE SONNETS at the Capitol Building between 12:30 and 4:30 on Thursday, April 9.  To sign up to present, CLICK HERE, list your school name, contact email and phone number, and which sonnet you will be performing.  Each signup represents one sonnet.  We can take up to 10 signups per 30-minute slot.  It’s okay if sonnets are repeated.  How you present your sonnet is entirely up to you.  Any group size works, from solo readings to ensemble interpretations.  The more theatrical the better!  More information will be sent to the email address you list on your signup at this site.

TROUPE DIRECTORS:  The updated CODE OF CONDUCT FORM and HEALTH/RELEASE FORM are now online.  Each of your participants must fill out each of these forms and you need to turn in copies at registration (you may wish to keep a set of copies for yourself).  Click here for more information.

PARADE OF TROUPES:  We have changed the way we need you to submit your slide and extended the deadline to April 1.  Please click this link and upload your slide online.  Even if you’ve already emailed your slide, upload it at this link.  Make sure your slide fits the criteria, or it will not be included in this year’s Parade of Troupes.  Click here for more information.


sketch masksThe 2015 Oregon Thespians State Festival is April 9-11 in Salem, and now is the time to begin planning your participation!

Troupe Directors should review the REGISTRATION SITE and plan to submit a final and accurate registration by March 12.

Middle School groups can also register by March 12 for JUNIOR THESPIAN DAY during the State Festival.

March 12 is also the deadline for SCHOLARSHIP and STO APPLICATIONS, as well as HONOR TROUPE applications!

Important!  If you qualified for the State Showcase auditions, your Troupe Director needs to confirm your participation at THIS SITE.  You will be scheduled an audition time on Thursday, April 9.  Your time will be sent to your Troupe Director during the week prior to Spring Break.

Watch here for more information and updates on how you can make your wishes come true, and rock the Oregon Thespians State “Thestival” in April!



keep-calm-and-just-bring-it-20It’s time for Oregon’s Thespians to bring their best to one of the largest state-wide auditions in the country.  REGIONALS is the first step in the State Showcase Audition process.  10% of those who perform will advance to the final audition in Salem on April 9.  An additional 10% will be recognized as Regional Finalists.  EVERYONE will receive valuable feedback from specially selected judges, drawn from Oregon’s dynamic theatre community.

Review the important information found here to make the most of your Regionals Experience.  We look forward to seeing you on February 7!

Reminder:  This year, Oregon Thespians is adopting the “all black” rule that has been instituted at several other states and at the National Thespian Festival.  All entrants are asked to dress in “professional black,” appropriate to the movement needs of their scene.  Black pants and a black t-shirt are fine.

You may want to review the student information handout for Regionals, which highlights a few important reminders.