Advocacy Begins at Home

dyk_comp_image_1Now that our 2014-2015 Thespian Year is off to a great start, it’s time to turn our attention to the goals established at Leadership Summit.  One of these is to focus on ADVOCACY.  We will be planning activities at the State level, in preparation for our annual visit to Salem, but ADVOCACY BEGINS AT HOME, and EdTA has a wealth of resources you can use to help your audiences better understand the real value of those productions they enjoy watching.

It’s not enough to just know the value of what we get to do, as Thespians, through the Theatre Education opportunities we’re afforded … we need to make sure others know and understand that value as well!  Tell your story!

Visit this site for important information you can share, including graphics you can download to include in your show programs, and activities your Troupe can undertake now to keep Theatre and Theatre Education opportunities alive for Oregon’s current and future Thespians!


ImprovLOGOThere’s something for everyone at the 2014 IMPROV FESTIVAL, hosted this year by McNary HS in Keizer.  Join us on October 4 for a fun day of mixing with Thespians from all over the state.  Click here for more information about this event!

HIGH SCHOOL TROUPES are scrambled into teams with no two members from the same school.  With creative inspirations provided by our hosts, each team has an hour to create an improv scene of their own.  It’s performed twice in a friendly “competition” format, with approximately 6 scenes selected to perform before everyone in the “Final Round.”

JUNIOR THESPIANS work with a professional improv artist before dividing into teams coached by High School Thespians.  Their creations are performed in a show-and-tell round, after which our Junior Members get to elect one of their own scenes to be showcased before the HS Troupes’ “Final Round.”

Registration is $10 for inducted Thespians and $12 for those not yet inducted.  Junior Thespian participants pay $10 each.  Click here to register online before September 25!

WELCOME BACK! Hit The Ground Running!


Welcome back, Oregon Thespians!  This website has been updated with the information you need to hit the ground running for the 2014-2015 School Year.  You should begin planning your Troupe’s participation in the IMPROV FESTIVAL on October 4 right away.  Online registration is now live, and is due by September 25.

But FIRST it’s time to register for LEADERHIP SUMMIT!

This year’s Summit is once again in Ashland, and the dates are September 20 and 21.  We begin at 1 pm on Saturday and conclude at noon on Sunday, making it possible for delegates to get to Ashland Saturday morning and have plenty of time to drive home Sunday afternoon.

Two delegates from each school may attend.  We’ll be seeing a performance of OSF’s production of INTO THE WOODS on Saturday night.

The Leadership Summit is free to your school’s two delegates, but pre-registration is required by September 4, so we can purchase the necessary tickets.  Because ticket purchases are involved, this year we’re requiring a deposit from each school that will be credited to your State Festival Registration.  This is due to the number of costly no-shows we’ve experienced when no payment was required.  Failure of any registered delegates to participate in the Summit will result in forfeiting your deposit.

CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE INFORMATION and to register by September 4!

There are options for Friday night arrivals, additional performances, and a backstage tour, but availability of all these things is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.  Don’t delay!  REGISTER ONLINE BY SEPTEMBER 4.


Plan Ahead for a Great 2014-2015 School Year

plan-aheadInitial dates and locations have been set for the 2014-2015 School Year.  Board Contact information has been updated at right.  Begin making plans now to participate to the fullest in Thespian events next year!

Camp Thespis – LL “Stub” Stewart State Park – August 11-13

Leadership Summit – Ashland HS / OSF – September 20-21

Improv Festival – Mc Nary HS, Salem – October 4

Regionals – February 7

  • Northeast – Parkrose HS
  • Northwest – Westview HS
  • South – Redmond HS

State Festival – Salem Conference Center / Historic Elsinore Theatre – April 9-11


Troupe Directors should note that the annual Oregon Theatre Educators Association conference will take place October 10-11 at a location that is currently being finalized (but we can smell the salt air already!).

A Great STATE in Oregon!


  • Over 1200 Thespians
  • 56 Schools/Troupes
  • 68 workshops with more than 20 Guest Artists
  • 34 One Acts joining 3 Full Main Stage Shows
  • 118 Showcase Auditions 
  • 63 Tech/Design Entries
  • 26 Venues in 6 Downtown Salem Locations
  • Our first Junior Thespian Day
  • Over $2000 raised for Broadway Cares



Time for STATE! Time for GUIDEBOOK! Get it NOW!


guidebook-iconGUIDEBOOK is a mobile app being used by several State Festivals this year, and Oregon (green as we are) is certainly not going to be left behind.

CLICK HERE to download the app on any i-device, apple, android, whatever … and begin making the most of this weekend!

There will be no printed programs at State this year!  Don’t have a smart phone?  No worries!  Make friends with someone who does!  You can use the links below to print a One Act or Workshop schedule.

Look through the info on GUIDEBOOK, making special use of the SEARCH feature to find what you need to know.  And watch for updates!



The basic Festival Schedule will be on the back of your nametag (clever, no?)

There will be updates!  Listen to announcements, and make friends with people using Guidebook!


Everyones a Theaspian for webOver 1200 Thespians are about to converge on Salem, Oregon!

Workshops!  Main Stage!  One Acts!  Tech Events!

COMPLETE ONLINE (and smart-device-accessible) SCHEDULE COMING SOON!

Audition, One Act, and Tech Presentation times have been sent to Troupe Directors.

Remember to submit your Parade of Troupes Slide and (if you have one) Theatre Etiquette Video by Spring Break!



Thursday – THERE GOES MY HERO – Dress the part for your role in your own superhero adventure!

Friday – LET YOUR FREAK FLAG FLY – Celebrating fandoms of all kinds!

Regionals was just the beginning!

adventureIn the next month, Oregon Thespians statewide will begin preparing their participation in the 2014 State FestivalEVERYONE’S A THESPIAN.  The State Festival is April 3-5 in Salem.  Opportunities abound, and the deadline to participate in almost all of them is MARCH 6TH!

Here is your “Before March 6th” To Do List:

  • Register for State (this involves a lot, actually, including preparing a workshop or one-act, and organizing Tech entries).  Troupe Directors complete the online registration for state by clicking here to go to the registration site.  You can save your work and return to your registration any time before March 6.  Remember that seating in the Elsinore Theatre is determined in the order full payment is received.  The State Festival requires advance payment (before Spring Break).
  • If you had entries qualify for the State Showcase Auditions at State on April 3, click here to confirm participation and to receive an audition time.
  • Students!  Consider applying for an Oregon Thespians Scholarship.  Click here for Scholarship details.
  • Students again!  Consider running for the position of State Thespian Officer (STO) working as part of the Thespian Board, planning and executing next year’s exciting roster of events and opportunities.  Click here for STO info.
  • Troupe Directors!  Nominations are now open!  You can nominate yourself or others for one of the three Board positions that will be elected this year, or for Oregon’s career achievement award, The Melba Day Sparks Henning Award.  Click here to nominate someone online.
  • Troupe Directors again!  Funding is available through the Melba Day Sparks Henning Fund to support your participation in the EdTA Annual Conference in July (this year in Cincinnati).  Click here for more information.
  • Troupes!  Was there something about this year that made it special?  Did you face new challenges, contribute to new solutions, or otherwise focus your resource in a way above and beyond your typical success?  Apply for Honor Troupe by clicking here and preparing a presentation at State.

All of the above have an application/registration deadline of March 6 (this is a postmark deadline for any mailed items, online registration closes at midnight that night).

By Spring Break, remember to prepare your Parade of Troupes Powerpoint Slide, and submit your Theatre Etiquette Video.  Click the links for more information.

Stay tuned!  There’s no time to dance in the end zone following last weekend’s victories … the Adventure Continues!  Go to it!


oregonOREGON is where it’s at in terms of High School Theatre this weekend!

Nearly 1500 Thespians will be gathering at three Regional locations this Saturday, February 1st, for the 2014 Oregon Thespians Regionals … the first step to the 2014 State Showcase Auditions!

Tournament Coordinators are busy planning the very full and complex events of each location’s day.  Remember that last-minute changes create some major challenges for those scheduling rooms, judges, and rounds.  Be ready to make this weekend’s event a celebration of the great work being done throughout the state!

If you must make changes to your original registration, contact your event coordinators as soon as possible!


deadline-300x238REGISTER ONLINE FOR REGIONALS – Look through the information found here, and take a look through the Regionals SOP found hereThe registration deadline is THURSDAY, January 16.  Remember that students registered as Thespians need to be inducted Thespians and on EdTA’s roster before they are registered.

RECRUIT JUDGES– You can send prospective judges THIS LINK.  Each Troupe should be responsible for recruiting one judge for every 10 entries they’re bringing to the event.  Review the judge information found here, and get them to the Judge Training Day on Saturday, January 18.  We’d love to have judges registered by January 16 as well.