Thespian Festival

The Thespian Festival is an annual, weeklong event for high school theatre students, celebrating student achievement in theatre arts. The event features workshops presented by theatre professionals, individual and group performances, programs for technical theatre students, and opportunities to audition for college admission and scholarships. The Thespian Festival is currently held on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is presented by the International Thespian Society (ITS), the student honorary of the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA).
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Did you know? Festival registration ends May 1. We hope to see you in Lincoln!


Raise your hand if you’re registered for Festival!

Photos by Cori O’Neal.

Do you have a favorite Festival memory? Share it with us? We’d love to know.

Last year in Lincoln Thespians celebrated 50 years of festivals. In this video, Troupe Director Corrine Reed shares her favorite Festival memory.

Another great photo by Cori O’Neal.

Big smiles from Thespian Festival 2013. Is this going to be you in a couple months?

Happy Saturday Thespians!

We are so excited about Marc Shaiman and Scott Whittman joining us at Festival this year that we decided to take a stroll back to 2008…

The duo joined us for an International Thespian Production of their hit musical, Hairspray. Shaiman and Whittman not only got to see their show performed on the Festival main stage, but they also helped with rehearsals!

Have you been in Hairspray? Tell us about it!

Excited to meet these great theatre artists at Festival? Tell us about that too!!!!!

Hey Thespians, do you think you could help your theatre educator learn about the Educational Theatre Association’s National Conference? Theatre people are lifelong learners and Conference is a great opportunity to learn a lot about theatre education in a really short period of time.

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Marc Shaiman                                               Scott Wittman

Add Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman to your list of reasons to attend Thespian Festival 2014.

The creative partners who wrote the music and lyrics for the much-decorated musical Hairspray (and for Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, Catch Me If You Can, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) will be at the center of a special performance titles An Evening with Shaiman and Wittman on the Thespian Festival main stage.

The composer and co-lyricists will share stories about their lives in the theatre. A Thespian cast and crew for the show will be announced next week. They will work and perform alongside Shaiman and Wittman  and members of the cast of the first national company of Wicked.

This is a second visit to the Festival for Shaiman and Wittman, who were in the audience for the 2008 International Thespian Cast production of Hairspray. The two won a Tony and a Grammy for Hairspray; a Best Musical Tony nomination for Catch Me If You Can; and nominations for two Emmys, a Grammy, and a Golden Globe for their work on the television musical drama Smash. Shaiman has also been nominated for five Academy Awards for his film scores and original songs.

“We are thrilled we got a callback to this year’s Thespian Festival,” Wittman said. “Seeing Hairspray at the Festival was one of the highlights in our professional lives, and you can ‘run and tell that.’”

Beautiful photo taken by Cori O’Neal at Thespian Festival 2013.

Need a hug? Take a couple.

Can’t wait to see you in Lincoln.