International Thespian Festival
The International Thespian Festival is an annual week-long theatre festival that brings together U.S. high school theatre clubs, thespian troupes, and programs. Organized by the International Thespian Society, it is held annually in late June on the campus of Indiana University Bloomington.
What Happens at Nationals?
Workshops: Students and teachers can select from hundreds of rigorous and engaging workshops taught by experts in their field. Topics include acting and performing, lighting, sets, sound, makeup, costume design and construction, directing, stage management, dance, and playwriting. More specialized subjects may include puppetry, stage combat, commedia dell’arte, and more.
College Auditions: Students can meet with recruiters from dozens of top college and university theatre programs from across the country to interview and audition for admission and for thousands of dollars in scholarships.
Achievement Recognition: Inducted Thespians who qualify at their chapter conference event can participate in the International Thespian Excellence Awards, a special program of the International Thespian Society that assesses and recognizes significant student achievement in theatre.
Opportunities for Teachers: Teachers can hone their skills both as theatre artists and as educators in workshops and may earn continuing education and graduate credit by taking a Professional Development Intensive seminar.