The success of Thespian Events is heavily dependent on qualified Judges for both our Regionals and State activities. We need every Troupe to participate in the recruitment of qualified judges. Click here for more information.
There are TWO Judge Training locations on January 12, so candidates can attend the one that is most convenient. The day begins at 10 am and will last until approximately 3 pm. Everyone receives a FREE LUNCH and (if you travel more than 30 miles one way to the training site) may be paid round trip mileage. Judges must be 21 years old and be at least 4 years removed from high school.
Northern Training Location: Rex Putnam HS in Milwaukie on Saturday, January 12. (North Regional events are at Liberty HS in Hillsboro and Reynolds HS in Troutdale on Feb 2).
Sourthern Training Location: McKay HS in Salem on Saturday, January 12. (South Regional event is at Central HS in Independence on Feb 2).
Those who attend this training are given scheduling priority to judge (earning $100) at the Regional events on Saturday, February 2. There are additional judging opportunities in April at our State Festival in Salem.
Troupe Directors and previously trained judges are strongly encouraged to attend the session as well! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
STO Anna Williamson has launched an exciting new resource for Oregon Thespians. From Anna:
Oregon Thespians ShowStop was created to help Thespian Troupes in the state of Oregon get in contact with each other! Community really is what theatre is all about, but isn’t it awesome to have one big tech forum to really rely on each other like one big happy family?!? Yes it might be way easier to just go order a cheap set piece off of ebay or craigslist, or maybe even just put an online buying option right here, but with technology growing and developing every day, wouldn’t it be nice to make a (almost) human interaction? We think so! Now, go forth and TRADE!!!
Getting Your Account Going: If your troupe does not already have access to ShowStop, no need to worry! Simply have your director email firstname.lastname@example.org. Really, it’s that simple! Anna will give that email address access to publish item posts for your troupe.
For more information (including instructions), visit oregonthespiansshowstop.wordpress.com today!
Thank you to Anna and all the STO for their valuable contributions so far this year!
It’s not too early to start thinking about the 2019 Oregon Thespians State Festival in Salem, April 4-6. Now is the time to consider applying to have your production featured on the Festival Main Stage.
CLICK HERE for more information on bringing a full-length production to State. Note that everyone is invited to bring a one act! Begin thinking ahead to get in on the act!
Also, we’re looking for GUEST ARTISTS and RESOURCE VENDORS to provide workshops, and to participate in STEVE, our State Thespian Educational Vendor Expo. If you know of any artists who would like to propose a workshop, have them click here.
If you know of a college or university program, or someone with an opportunity or resource they’d like to share with the greater Oregon Thespians community, have them click here to apply to join us at State!
Your Board will be meeting in December to make initial decisions regarding Guest Artists and Workshops. Help spread the word!
The 2019 OTEA (Oregon Theatre Educators Association) Conference is Friday and Saturday, October 12 and 13 at the Hallmark Resort in Newport. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for this important opportunity to network with your fellow professionals, and explore the many hats we wear as we advocate both for our kids and our programs.
Among the guest speakers/presenters is Jon Bullock. Jon is currently the Executive Director for the Redmond Proficiency Academy. He has been a City Council Member, Academic Board Member for Southern Oregon University, and has been involved in countless layers of education & educational leadership development. You can click here to read more about Jon.
The discounted room rate at the Hallmark Inn is no longer available, but lodging options abound in Newport. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION and register by October 9.
The day begins Friday with check in from 8:30 to 9:30 am at the Hallmark Resort in Newport. Lunch is provided, and no-host dinner opportunities will follow afternoon sessions, ending at approximately 5 pm. An evening reception will feature an excellent opportunity to spend student-free time with your fellow theatre educators from across the state.
Breakfast on Saturday begins at 8:30 am, with breakout sessions following, ranging from Teen Mental Health, to Cultural Sensitivity, and Improving/Building Relationships with School Administration. We end at 11:30 am on Saturday.
WELCOME BACK! We have exciting things in store! Here are a few things needing your immediate attention:
INSTANT THEATRE is the new name for Oregon Thespians’ Improv Festival, and this year we’re adding TECH to the mix, thanks to the work of our very creative and industrious STO. The event is October 6 at McNary HS in Keizer. Registration is online and must be done by September 27. Click here for more information.
THE ANNUAL OTEA CONFERENCE for teachers is in Newport on October 12 and 13. Online registration is now open! Click here for further information.
COLLEGE AUDITIONS will be offered for Thespian Seniors this year, on October 14 at Artists Repertory Theatre. We are currently up to 20 colleges attending. We’re excited to make this event a mainstay on our calendar. Click here for details and application procedures.
2015-2016 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.
After an inspiring day at The Oregon Arts Commission’s OREGON ARTS SUMMIT 2012, OTEA Members gather at 5pm on Friday, September 12, in the upstairs rehearsal room of Portland Center Stage at The Armory.
We’ll meet, enjoy a reception of great conversation, and enjoy a performance of PCS’s SWEENEY TODD. Go to the OTEA Conference page for more information.