The 2016 State Festival will be held March 31 – April 2 at the Salem Conference Center and Historic Elsinore Theatre in Salem. Information will be updated in the Fall. Please check back.
The State Festival is the signature event for Oregon Thespians. It is attended by over 1000 theatre students and teachers from around the state and features several main stage productions, dozens of one act plays, workshops and presentations.
Schools may apply to have one of their Main Stage Productions featured at the conference as one of the top high school shows of the year. All troupes attending are expected to participate in some significant way. Participating troupes may bring one-act plays or scenes to showcase in the One Act Marathon, or present a troupe-sponsored Workshop. Workshops are also offered by local and national theatre professionals and college students and professors.
The qualifying top 10% in each category from the Regional Acting Competitions audition for the State Showcase at the State Conference. Judges select a minimum of two scenes or as many as 20% per category to perform at the State Showcase. Entries deemed superior at their Regional Competitions, by virtue of their advancement to the final round of auditions at State, are also eligible to enter the Individual Events competition at the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska in June.
Technical Theatre events are also conducted, including a range of events in which students can advance for adjudication and recognition at both the State and National levels.
At the end of the conference, awards for Honor Troupe, technical achievement, and Scholarships are presented and a new State Board is elected. See SCHOLARSHIPS/HONORS for more information on teacher, troupe, and student opportunities.
High school students in grades 9-12, their theatre teachers, and chaperones are welcome at the conference. The registered Troupe Director MUST attend with the delegation, or designate an adult Troupe leader (with approval from their school). All students must be chaperoned by an adult (21 years or older) for the entire weekend of the conference.
Registration is done online. To register for the State Festival, first review this entire section of information carefully, and be prepared to provide your student group members’ names and t-shirt sizes. You’ll also need to indicate how your troupe will participate, with details about workshops or one-acts you will be presenting. Note that registration payment must be sent in advance of the Festival (with the confirmation sent to you from your online registration). Registration fees are non-refundable. Registration does not include lodging and transportation.