Maryland Thespians

An Annual Affair

The festival Experience

Last year, the Maryland State Thespian Festival brought together 35 high schools from across the state for a two-day long festival honoring student achievement in theatre. Packed with workshops led by industry leaders, over 20 one-act performances, individual event competitions, and college auditions, it's your chance to take center stage, develop your craft and take hold of your future! 

Review the results of the 2018 Maryland State Thespian Festival

 

 

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Professionally led

Workshops

Developing your craft is a lifelong practice and at The Maryland State Thespian Festival you'll have the chance to work with some of the best artists in the field. Whether your interested in honing your skills on stage, backstage or in the design studio, The Maryland State Thespian Festival has a workshop that will take your talent to new heights. Explore something new, refine your repertoire or delve deeper into an area of expertise. Either way, you'll never be the same!

 
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MUSICAL THEATRE: I HEAR WHAT YOUR SINGING, BUT WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

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STAGE MANAGEMENT EXTRAVAGANZA

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PAPER MACHE MASK MAKING

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The Vulnerability Workshop

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Stage combat

 

 

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Chapter Select

ONE ACT FESTIVAL

A festival within a festival, the One Act Festival is where schools from across the state perform their best One Acts for the chance to become Chapter Select. Maryland Thespians follow the National Guidelines for the One Act Festival, and selects one qualifying production to perform live, on stage, at the International Thespian Festival held at The University of Nebraska, Lincoln (UNL) each year. The Chapter Select Showcase has performances in the 317 seat Howell Theatre throughout the weeklong event. It's a great achievement and just one way of reaching the stage at the International Thespian Festival.

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INDIVIDUAL EVENTS SHowcase

INDIVIDUAL EVENTS

The Individual Events Showcase is an educational program that offers festival delegates the opportunity, using the audition approach, to receive constructive feedback on prepared theatrical material and technical designs. The goal for participating students is to grow as theatre artists. The Individual Events culminate in the selection of the highest quality auditions. These students are then invited to perform in the Individual Events Showcase for the entire festival delegation. Selected participants from technical events will have their designs prominently displayed in the theatre lobby and outstanding student films will also be shown. 

 

Solo Acting & Solo Musical Theatre

Group ACting & Group Musical Theatre

Stage Management

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Theatre Design

 


 

 

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Scholarships

Maryland Thespians is pleased to offer senior thespians with a declared theatre major and at least a 2.75 GPA the opportunity to audition for collegiate scholarships in the areas of Acting, Musical Theatre, Technical Theatre, and Theatre Service. Your future takes center stage with this wonderful and once in a lifetime opportunity to showcase your talents and help fund your college education.  

 


 

 

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PLAYFUL

FUNDRAISERS


Our Silent Auction, Ribbons, Ducks, and the Minute to Give It fundraisers all contribute to providing underprivileged and underserved thespians and/or educational communities across the state, the opportunity to attend the Maryland State Thespian Festival! 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 fundraiser raises funds for EdTA's Send a Troupe to Festival grant!

 

 

 

 

 

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Location

Towson University

Towson University is the largest university in the Baltimore area and the second-largest university in the prestigious University System of Maryland – the 12th-largest public university system in America. It's multiple stages, workshop rooms and scene shops become home to the Maryland State Thespian Festival.