The Individual Events (I.E.'s) opportunity at festival is intended to be 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 find their talent, strengths, and opportunities and to grow as theatre artists. The auditions culminate in a curated selection of outstanding student auditions representing both performance and design categories called Showcase. 

To participate in Individual Events, students must be registered delegates of festival. You can register for festival using our online registration system. Students do not need to be an inducted Thespian to participate in individual events. Students are allowed to participate in two Individual Event categories at the state level and one Individual Event category at the International Thespian Festival. This does mean should a student qualify for the International Thespian Festival in two categories at the State level, they will only be able to perform in one of those categories at the International Thespian Festival. Please note that students may be required to obtain permission to perform their audition piece for festival. Please use the I.E. Rights Clearance Form to check if permission is required prior to registration. 

Please note, to align ourselves with the national standard, all student auditioners will be in the audition room for the specific I.E. session they are scheduled within. Students will be in the room for the duration of the scheduled Individual Event session. Students will not be allowed to stand in the hall before presenting and will not be allowed to leave the room until all auditions have been completed. Certain exceptions may apply based on scheduling and student participation in other events. Please contact Amber Perkins, Director of Individual Events, immediately should you foresee the need for a special accommodation. 

Below you will find the eligibility requirements and rules regarding Individual Events at the national level. The same eligibility requirements and rules are followed at the Maryland State Thespian Festival. Teachers, Troupe Directors, and Adjudicators are invited to use these Individual Events adjudication forms in your classrooms.