The Oregon Chapter of The Educational Theatre Association facilitates student-centered activities through Oregon Thespians, and educator-centered activities through the Oregon Theatre Educators Association (OTEA).


Who: OTEA – a bunch of theatre educators from around Oregon

What: A day-long conference including a panel discussion and 4 workshop sessions

Where: Newport, Oregon – Elizabeth Street Inn and the Newport Performing Arts Center

When: Friday, October 14, starting at 9:00 a.m., ending Saturday, October 15 at 12:00 noon.

Why: This is Oregon’s only statewide professional development directed solely at theatre educators.  Give yourself the gift of time on the coast with your colleagues, further developing your craft.  Click here for complete information.



yesandThis weekend, more than 400 Thespians will gather in Bend, OR to create spontaneous theatre together.  The 2016 Improv Festival will feature a few new elements, designed to put more improvisation in the mix.

During their (abbreviated) prep time, teams will have specific instructions to follow, guiding them to create a 4 minute scene (max) around the prompts and inspirations given.  Then, during each round, a new element will be introduced which must be incorporated into the scene.  The scene will never be the same all day!

Here’s the revised evaluation form the judges will be using.

Troupes should CLICK HERE for important scheduling information, including notes about options for lunch and a slightly later start time.


rsgoAfter a wildly successful and record-breaking CAMP THESPIS, the 2016-2017 Thespian Year is off to a great start!  There are two immediate things to attend to:

LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 2016 is September 24 and 25 in Ashland!  Each Oregon Thespian Troupe is invited to send two delegates.  Homestays are available Saturday night and all registered delegates will see THE WIZ at the Elizabethan Theatre at Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  The summit begins at 1:30 pm on Saturday, September 24 and concludes at Noon on Sunday, September 25.  This event is free, but a deposit must be paid to secure your participation.  Click here for more information.

THE 2016 IMPROV FESTIVAL is October 1 at Summit HS in Bend, and this year’s event will feature a trial run of some new features!  This year, teams will have less time to prepare and receive new prompts in each of their rounds!  It’s improv all day!  Junior Thespians are also invited to attend.  Click here for more information.

Deadline for registering for Leadership Summit is Friday, September 9 (name changes will be allowed through September 22).  Click here!

Deadline for registering for IMPROV is Thursday, September 22.  Click here!

Looking Ahead to Next Year


Here are the major Thespian Event dates for next year.  Check back for updates as locations are finalized!

Camp Thespis – Camp Angelos, Corbett – August 8-10, 2016

EdTA Annual Conference – Las Vegas, NV – September 15-18, 2016

Oregon Leadership Summit – Ashland – September 24-25, 2016

Improv Festival – Summit HS, Bend – October 1, 2016

OTEA Conference – Newport – October 14-15, 2016

Junior Thespian Play Day – Conestoga Middle School, Beaverton – January 21, 2017

Regionals – NORTHWEST at Glencoe HS, Hillsboro; NORTHEAST at Rex Putnam HS, Milwaukie; SOUTH at Central HS, Independence – February 4, 2017

State – Salem – April 6-8, 2017

Congratulations, Team Oregon!

State PicThe 2016 Oregon Thespians State Festival by the numbers: 59 High Schools, 9 Middle Schools, 1297 Thespians, 272 Junior Thespians, 25 Locations, 120 Showcase Auditions, 92 Design/Tech Entries, 69 Workshops, 18 Guest Artists, 37 One Acts, 3 Main Stage Productions, 2 Awesome Dances, and $4510 raised for Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS ($2369 in one minute!).  State Wars.  It’s true.  All of it.

Preliminary dates have been set for 2016-2017 events:  Camp Thespis (August 8-10, 2016); Oregon Leadership Summit (September 24-25, 2016); Improv Festival (October 1, 2016); Regionals (February 4, 2017); and State (April 6-8, 2017).  EdTA’s Annual Conference (in Las Vegas) is September 15-18, 2017.


guidebook-iconThe center of Oregon’s Educational Theatre Galaxy is Salem, this weekend, as STATE WARS begins.  Nearly 1300 Thespians will create three days of theatrical adventure, celebrating excellence throughout the state.  On Friday, over 250 Junior Thespians will join the mix!

To stay on top of it all, DOWNLOAD GUIDEBOOK, the digital Festival Program available on iOS, Android, and the web.  Click here now!

If you would like a printed copy, you can download it here.  Printed copies will not be distributed at the Festival.

Get ready for workshops, one-acts, main stage productions, auditions, exhibitions, and maybe a little dancing to cap off the day.  See you in Salem!


STATE WARS LOGOWe’re just two weeks away from the premiere high school theatre event in Oregon!  Begin planning now for STATE WARS, The 2016 Oregon Thespians State Festival.

The online GUIDEBOOK will be active by March 29.  PDF copies of the schedule, along with workshop and one-act descriptions, will be posted here as well.  If you want printed copies at State, make sure you download and print before heading to Salem.

You can download GUIDEBOOK (for iOS and Android) on March 29.  In the meantime, here’s the basic rundown of the Festival’s events (subject to change):

Thursday, March 31

Registration (by Troupe Directors only) is Noon to 5 pm at Salem Convention Center

Showcase Auditions, Design/Tech Adjudication, and Honor Troupe Presentations will take place as scheduled from 12-5.  Your Troupe can sign up to help spread the word about Oregon Thespians and the final day of Theatre In Our Schools Month on the Capitol Steps!

7 pm – Opening Events at Elsinore Theatre, featuring RADIUM GIRLS presented by Ashland HS Troupe #4630.

10-11:45 pm – Dance: The Dark Side vs The Light Side (a black and white fancy dance)

Friday, April 1

9:30 am – Morning Events at Elsinore Theatre featuring MIDDLETOWN presented by Sunset HS Troupe #5604.

Lunch on Your Own

Workshops, One-Acts, and STEVE (State Thespian Educational Vendor Expo)

1:40-3 pm – Workshop/One-Act Session 1

3-3:30 – Meet STEVE! (Expo open from 1 to 5:30 pm)

3:30-4:50 – Workshop/One-Act Session 2

Dinner on Your Own

7:30 pm – Evening Events at Elsinore Theatre featuring ONCE ON THIS ISLAND presented by Clackamas HS Troupe #2351.

10:00-11:45 pm – Dance: Welcome to The Cantina (alienwear abounds)

Saturday, April 2

9:30 am – Morning Events and Tech Awards at Elsinore Theatre

Workshops, One-Acts, and STEVE (State Thespian Educational Vendor Expo)

10:10-11:30 – Workshop/One-Act Session 3

11 am-1 pm – Tech Challenge (Register at Festival)

11:30-Noon – Meet STEVE! (Expo open from 10 am to 2 pm)

Noon-1:20 – Workshop/One-Act Session 4

Troupe Director Lunch Meeting at Noon

Troupe President Lunch Meeting at 1:30 (1 Rep from each Troupe)

3 pm – Closing Events at Elsinore Theatre featuring the 2016 State Showcase

Final Curtain by 6 pm



MAR3Oregon Thespians’ premiere event is March 31 through April 2 as Thespians gather in Salem for STATE WARS, our 2016 State Festival.

MARCH 3 IS THE DEADLINE for registration, along with several other special opportunities that you won’t want to miss.  Click the links below for more information.

And remember!  The Friday of our State Festival is JUNIOR THESPIAN DAYTalk to your District Middle School colleagues and spread the good news!

The deadline for all of these opportunities is March 3!  Review the information at the above links and take a close look at the ONLINE REGISTRATION SITE for State.

The Thespian Event we’ve waited for all year is just around the corner!


competeIt’s time for Oregon Thespians’ annual REGIONAL ACTING COMPETITIONS!  It’s game-on this Saturday at Wilson, Clackamas, and Central High Schools, in what is among the nation’s largest competitive acting events.

With Thespians, though, remember that CELEBRATION supersedes COMPETITION as we recognize the tremendous amount of work and talent on display this Saturday.  You’re competing against your better self — not each other — and using this opportunity to get feedback from three or four singularly qualified judges.  If you leave Saturday with a sense of accomplishment, and some direction to continue on your path as a growing theatre artist, WE ALL WIN!

In nuts-and-bolts terms, remember that we’ll be recognizing 20% of the entries this weekend, with the top 10% (or 2, whichever is greater) in each event advancing as Showcase Qualifiers to the Showcase auditions at State, and the next 10% in each category (if any) being named Regional Finalists.  That means 80% leave with just the judge comment sheets and evaluation forms.  Value that feedback!  (Even if you may not agree with it.)

Tournament Coordinators will be in touch with Troupe Directors this week.  Registration starts at 8:00 am.  Troupe Presidents are reminded that they have a lunch meeting to determine (among other things) the State Festival Theme for 2016.  Troupe Directors will also meet, beginning during the morning rounds.

Just about everything you need to know about Regionals can be accessed from this page.

Act well your part, everyone!  There all the honor lies!



blue-ribbonONLINE REGISTRATION for the 2016 Regional Acting Competition is now open.  The deadline to register is January 21.  Troupe Directors can click here to register.  Both students and Troupe Directors should note the importance of accurate registrations.  Please do not register any entries you are unable to confirm.

This year’s REGIONALS will be on Saturday, February 6, with the Southern Regional at Central HS in Independence; the Northwest Regional at Wilson HS in Portland; and the Northeast Regional at Clackamas HS in Clackamas.  Schools located south of the 45th parallel are in the Southern Region.  The East/West division for the Northern Region is at I-5.  Note that this year, all Portland Public Schools are asked to register for the Northwest Regional, regardless of location.

Students planning to enter in a Technical Category at State can register with their troupe to have their entry receive “Early Entry Tech Feedback” at their Regional.  This optional opportunity allows students to confirm that their entry satisfies the required elements in their event. Click here for more information.

For complete information on Regionals, click here.  Event guidelines and sample judge forms can be found by clicking here.