1. What is a delegate?
A delegate is someone who attends a convention. All troupe directors, assistant/technical directors, chaperones, and students are all delegates.
- Assistant Directors are fine arts employees.
- Chaperones are parent volunteers or anyone who does NOT teach in your theatre department.
2. What if we don’t want to eat at the convention center? Can my students eat off-site?
Breakfast and lunch are on your own. There will be food options at the Gaylord for delegates to purchase breakfast and lunch. Our meals are seated and we encourage students to use their best table manners. Your meals include Thursday evening and Friday evening. If you desire to go off-site and eat in Grapevine, that's up to you.
3. What if I don’t have a SmartPhone to use Guidebook? Is there a paper program?
We do have a master list of festival events available. However, it will be an outline and will not have details. Guidebook allows for real-time updates, so we encourage you to find a friend to help you with your schedule.
1. How do I get a Play Marathon show to Festival?
Complete your registration in Cvent. The Play Marathon Director will be in touch after registration closes.
2. Does it cost anything to bring a Play Marathon?
Yes. It is $75.00 for your Marathon Play to be presented at Texas Thespians State Festival. If you are interested in being adjudicated for International Thespian Festival Chapter Select, there is no additional cost.
3. How do I get a show to the Main Stage?
See the Main Stage Adjudication process.
4. If I want to have a show adjudicated for International Thespian Festival, how much does that cost?
The fee to be adjudicated for International Thespian Festival is $1,100. This fee will be split between all shows wanting to be adjudicated, and covers the adjudicator’s expenses.
5. What are the adjudicators looking for in a Main Stage performance?
We base our adjudication on the National International Thespian Society Model.
6. What is the financial reality of taking a Main Stage Show to Festival?
It depends on your production! There have been 4-person shows and 70-member spectacles.
Non-musical or musical makes no difference. We’re looking for variety, excellence and adaptability to the performance space.
7. What other opportunities other than Main Stage or Play Marathon can showcase my students’ talents?
- The All-Star Troupe Display is a fun, creative way for your troupe to showcase their troupe involvement, productions, activities and events.
- The Outstanding Troupe Award is a terrific way to recognize your troupe’s accomplishments and your program’s activities.
1. What are IEs?
IEs are Individual Events, which are performance and technical competitions for individuals.
These events qualify for National Competitions at the International Thespian Festival.
Performance IEs: Solo Musical, Duet Musical, Group Musical, Monologue, Duet Acting, Group Acting
Technical IEs: Sound Design, Lighting Design, Stage Management, Marketing, Costume Construction, Costume Design, Set Design
2. Is there a fee for the Individual Event?
Yes - $15.00, over and above the $150.00 Festival Fee.
3. In how many Individual Events can my troupe participate?
Troupes may enter up to six (6) performance IEs and seven (7) technical IEs. No student may be cross-entered into any National Qualifying Event. Your troupe might have three solos, 2 duet acting, and 1 group musical AND 5 stage managers and 2 marketing! It’s up to you to decide how you want to delineate entries. The exception is Short Film. You may enter as many Short Films as you would like. Remember - students may only participate in ONE IE per school.
4. In what other events may my students participate?
Troupes can enter a minimum of five (5) and a maximum of seven (7) delegates who compete in a Tech Challenge (for example: leg a platform, focus a light, fold a backdrop, etc)
Team Design Competition
During a 2-hour time slot, students produce and bring to life a theatrically-based design for set, costumes, mask making, or hair & makeup based on a show-specific prompt. Students will need to provide their own materials, ranging from hot-glue guns and glue sticks to glitter to fabric to feathers, and all points in-between!
We are looking for the best Improv Troupe in the state of Texas in our newly formed Improv Challenge! Each school is allowed to submit one troupe consisting of 4 - 6 members (4 players, 2 alternates) who will compete in a 8 team tournament. The first round will happen Thursday night and those teams advancing will compete for the title on Friday night. All teams must be available to attend mandatory workshops during the day to qualify for the evening tournament. Come out and show Texas that YOU are the best improvisers in the state!
Dance Competition is a new Texas competition designed to show your dance skills in the theatrical world. Each school may enter one team of 2-16 people into this competition. The team will present one published musical theater dance selection demonstrating character development and quality of execution of dance. Because this is a dance competition,no lip syncing or singing is allowed. Performances cannot exceed 5 minutes.
5. What if I have students who are cross-entered into Individual Events AND Tech Challenge AND Scholarship Auditions?
- Students may only enter one (1) National Qualifying Event.
- A National Qualifying Event is a:
Technical IE - Sound Design, Lighting Design, Stage Management, Marketing, Costume Construction, Costume Design, Set Design
- Students may be entered into a National Qualifying Events and a Tech Challenge.
- Tech Challenges and Team Design Contests will be scheduled on Thursday; Performance IEs are scheduled on Friday.
- Scholarship audition times are pre-assigned. Changes will only be made under certain circumstances. What this means is that students need to be aware that timing may be difficult or busy, but all students wanting to participate in Individual Events, Tech Events, and Scholarships are able.
6. What’s the difference between Nationals and Finals Qualifying?
A National Qualifier is an IE (Individual Event) performance which receives 2 Superiors from the three (3) judges. Students qualify for Nationals, but may not necessarily be showcased in our Main Stage performance.
Main Stage performers are chosen by a majority vote from the adjudicators in each room. These delegates will perform at the IEs Main Stage Showcases on Saturday.
7. If we qualify for Nationals, are we required to go to the International Thespian Festival?
You are not required, but if you’ve never taken a troupe, you might want to look into it! National Festival is a blast!!
8. Why are students required to wear black clothing for technical and performance IEs? Why can’t we just wear nice clothes?
This is a national model which Texas Thespians follow. Wearing all-black clothing promotes professionalism and creates a level playing ground for all participants. Check out below: What to Wear/ What Not to Wear.