Formerly called Individual Events (IE)

What Are The Thespys?

Broadway has the Tonys, Hollywood has the Oscars... now Thespians have the Thespys!

The Thespian Excellence Awards, or Thespys for short, recognize the highest level of achievement in school theatre performance and technical theatre. This educational program (formerly called Individual Events or IE) gives Thespians the opportunity to receive constructive feedback on prepared theatrical material and technical designs. A student may compete in up to 3 events.

This Year

Event: 2020-2021 Virtual Thespian Excellence Awards Festival

Students will be submitting videos of their performances and presentations to be adjudicated.

Registration Opens: TBD

Registration Closes: December 11, 2020

Submission Deadline: January 9, 2021

Cost: $30 for inducted Thespians, $40 for non-Thespians.

More Info: For the most up-to-date information on registration, events, rubrics, etc, see the WA State Thespians website:

Performance Events

  • Monologue

  • Duo Acting

  • Group Acting

  • Solo Musical

  • Duet Musical

  • Group Musical

Technical Theatre Events

  • Costume Design

  • Costume Construction

  • Lighting Design

  • Makeup Design

  • Scenic Design

  • Sound Design

  • Stage Management

  • Theatre Marketing

Film Events

  • Short Animated Film

  • Short Documentary Film

  • Short Film

Note: Film events only adjudicated at the State Thespian Conference.

The Thespys are hosted by Washington State Thespians, a chapter of the Educational Theatre Association.

For more information about Thespys NW, visit