We're looking for volunteers throughout Festival 2018 to assist with making this the most rewarding and exciting time for everyone joining us! Please consider supporting our efforts! 

We're looking for thespian alumni and/or chaperones to support the Individual Events on Saturday, January 13th. Volunteers will serve as timers and door guards. Please note: a mandatory Volunteer Orientation Training will take place Saturday, January 13th from 8:00am - 8:30am with Maryland State Thespian Board Member Amber Perkins. Location TBA.

We are asking that chaperones from each school sign up for at least one volunteer shift during the 2018 Maryland State Thespian Festival. Our volunteer shifts will take place over two days and at two locations at Towson University. You'll help support our efforts during our silent auction, opening day registration and/or at our Thespian Festival Help Desk.

We are happy to announce that festival this year features a schedule that allows students and their Troupe Directors to devise their own schedule! You will be able to choose between attending a One Act performance or participating in a workshop during each session. However, all students are required to be in one or the other. Please work with your students using Guidebook to their schedule their weekend, providing a well-rounded educational experience. Guidebook launches on Monday, January 8th and is available as a free download for your mobile device. Once downloaded seach for: Maryland Thespian Festival 2018. Once downloaded, students, teachers, and chaperones will be able to see all things festival. They can schedule workshops, find I.E., scholarship, and college audition times and locations, plus breaking news. Students can also submit their feedback on their experiences too!

We're so excited to be able to offer a single track experience this year and begin and end festival as one contingent! The Opening and Closing Ceremonies take place in Stephen's Hall on campus at Towson University. The Opening ceremonies begin promptly at 8:30am. For ease of seating and safety we'll be welcoming schools in two shifts. An A group arrival and a B group arrival. When arriving at festival, please have your students remain on the bus while you complete the check in process. A State Thespian Officer (STO) will then return to the bus with you and escort you and your students  to your assigned seats.

A Group Arrival: 7:30am - 8:00am
B Group Arrival: 8:00am - 8:30am

Atholton High School
Bullis School
Calvert High School
Century High School
Chopticon High School
Henry E. Lackey High School
La Plata High School
Leonardtown High School
Long Reach High School
Manchester Valley High School
Maurice J. McDonough High School
North Point High School
Patuxent High School
St. Charles High School
Thomas Stone High School
Westlake High School

Clarksburgh High School
Dulaney High School
Francis Scott Key High School
Huntingtown High School
Jemicy School
Liberty High School
Maryvale Preparatory School
Mount Hebron High School
Paint Branch High School
Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts
South Carroll High School
Sudbrook Magnet Middle School
Tuscarora High School
Walkersville High School


All schools will be dimissed individually from Stephens Hall at the end festival. Schools assigned to B Group will be dismissed first, followed by those assigned to A Group. Schools without bus transportation will be dimissed last and parents will need to pick up their students at the hotel.

Please note that there is no luggage storage available at The Maryland State Thespian Festival. Please plan to leave your luggage and/or belongings in your vehicles, busses, etc. and/or at the Festival Hotel prior to the start of Festival on Friday morning if you are staying overnight.

All schools should follow the same group assignments as have been issued for arrival and departure for all meals. Participants will have access to the food hall only during the assigned meal shifts. Meal tickets will be in your welcome bags. Please note: meal tickets can not be replaced if lost or stolen. 

Another wonderful addition this year is improv troupes from various high schools will be performing during each lunch shift. While one group is eating, an improv team will be entertaining the other.  All shows will be held on the main stage. Please encourage your students to come by and support! The schedule is as follows:

Lunch A: Patuxent High School
Lunch B: Huntingtown High School

Lunch A: Manchester Valley High School
Lunch B: Patapsco High School

Please note the audition time restrictions for College Auditions has been updated and/or clarified. 

  • Tech Auditioners should be prepared to speak and/or present a design portfolio within five (5) minutes. Previously the website communicated a ten (10) minute allotment.
  • Musical Theatre and Acting Auditions are limited to two (2) minutes in total length. This includes both monologues and/or one monologue and 36 bars of a musical theatre song.

To align ourselves with the national standard, students will be permitted to observe the Individual Events at Festival 2018. Students will be in the audition room the entire time for the scheduled Individual Event. Students will not be standing in the hall before presenting and will not be allowed to leave the room until all auditions have been completed. Only students scheduled for the specific I.E. session they are participating in will be allowed into the Individual Event room.

Please note if ANY changes (i.e. monologue/song selection, performer(s), etc.) are made this close to Festival 2018, the student will be adjudicated and receive feedback, but will be disqualified from advancing to the International Thespian Festival.

The Tech Challenge will take place in Stephens Hall immediately following the Opening Ceremony on Friday, January 12th. Please have your school remain seated while non-participating schools depart.

All participants, including Troupe Directors and chaperones, must complete a Health and Consent Form in order to attend festival. You MUST provide a signed copy from each participant in your group at check in. In addition, each participant MUST carry a copy of their Health & Consent form in their badge holder in case  of emergency. Participants who have not turned in their Health & Consent form will be denied access to festival until a signed and completed form is produced and turned in. 

This year our Friday evening activity will be a dance in the West Village on Friday from 6:00PM - 9:00PM! According to our State Thespian Officers (STO's) this will not be just any ordinary high school dance. All music will be from their favorite Musicals! For schools with shuttle passes, the shuttles will transport your students from the dining hall to the west village and then later to the hotel. For schools, without shuttle  passes, please make arrangements for your bus to pick students up from the dining hall and take them either to the dance, back to the hotel, or depart for home. Your students must be chaperoned at the dance at all times. Please note: there are no activities taking place inside the Center for the Arts on Friday evening. Once students leave for dinner, they will not be able to return to the Center for the Arts.

Remember, only schools who purchased shuttle bus passes will be allowed to use the shuttles for festival. Good news is, we still have plenty of passes available! Shuttle buss passes are five dollars ($5) for the weekend per student. If you would like to purchase passes for your school, please email the total number of passes needed and an invoice will be generated. Payment is due at check in. The Shuttle Schedule is as follows:

End of Opening Ceremony - Transport from Stephens Hall to the Center for the Arts
Following each dinner shift - Transport from the Dining Hall to the dance at West Village
Following the dance - Transportation from West Village to the Festival Hotel. 

Transport from Festival Hotel to Center for the Arts
Transport from Center for the Arts to Stephens Hall for the Closing Ceremony

Silent Auction, Ribbons, Ducks, and Minute to Give It - yes, these wonderful fundraising opportunities are back! Please remind students to bring extra cash if they would like to participate in the charity campaigns! The Silent Auction benefits - Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids. Profits from Ribbons and Ducks help to fund the Maryland State Thespian Senior Scholarships, and the Minute to Give It raises funds for EdTA's Send a Troupe to Festival grant, which our very own Jemicy School was a beneficiary of last year!