STAY TUNED FOR INFORMATION ABOUT OUR 2024 VIRGINIA THESPIAN FESTIVAL - UPDATES COMING SOON!
The 2023 Festival was located at:
Friday, January 13th - Sunday, January 15th
Registration opens September 6th
Late Registration begins November 12th
ALL Registration CLOSES December 4th
We would love to hear what you would like to see this year. Please complete the 2022-23 troupe director survey so we can better support you and your programs this year. We have food trucks coming again this year! Check back for more information coming soon!
2023: Thespians Are
ABOUT THE VA THESPIAN FESTIVAL
We will be back at Shenandoah for the Jan 13-15th, 2023, conference and ready to fill the campus with school theatre spirit!
The Virginia Thespian Festival is Virginia's Empowering Annual High School Theatre Festival for students, educators, colleges and teaching artists, is the first Annual High School Theatre Festival created. Be a part of something big:
Want to bring a show yourself? Apply to submit a one act or mainstage production in these links. (PLEASE NOTE: Schools must be registered and paid by registration deadline on November 5 to be eligible to bring a show.) Not sure about bringing a show? Read some advice from our board below:
ALL-STATE PRODUCTION 2023
Workshop the show with the playwright! Read more about that below and in our press release!
-Cast Lists will be announced by November 4th
-Rehearsals accordingly will be scheduled November-January (no more than 5, 1-2 hrs. long)
-Adult Production Team will meet with John virtually in November
Saturday Jan 14th:
9 am -12 pm REHEARSAL by SCENE with John Cariani
12- 4 pm DRESS REHEARSAL ON STAGE by SCENE
6-7 pm Open House/ Prep for show
7:45 pm start time
We are fortunate to have actor and playwright, John Cariani, joining us at the Virginia Thespian Festival 2023. John will be spending all day Saturday with us, teaching playwriting workshops as well as conducting a Q&A about his work and his experiences in the entertainment industry. On Saturday evening, he will be giving a keynote address and introducing the centerpiece of the festival: our all-state production of his play, Almost, Maine. The nine scenes from Almost, Maine—plus one brand new scene!—will be rehearsed at high schools all over the state and will come together at the festival as one spectacular All-State production. John will meet with our production team virtually at the beginning of the rehearsal process to inspire and guide this special production of Almost, Maine. And, at the festival, he will meet with the cast of each scene from his play for some notes—and some more inspiration before the performance. We are so fortunate to have John join us as our headliner artist this winter!
John Cariani is a Tony-nominated actor and acclaimed playwright. As an actor he’s best known for his work on Broadway (Something Rotten!; The Band’s Visit) and on TV (The Onion News Network; Law & Order). As a playwright, he’s best known for his play, Almost, Maine, which has become one of the most widely produced plays in the world.