2019 MARYLAND STATE THESPIAN FESTIVAL

WHAT’S NEW



NEW! FRIDAY LATE NIGHT EVENTS

We've revamped our Friday night events in hopes of offering more variety to our festival delegates and to providing the most rewarding and exciting time for everyone joining us!  


SPEED CHARADES

Event Fee: Free

Each school may register two Speed Charade teams and each team must include five (5) students. Each student must be registered for the festival and all team members must be from the same school. If a troupe has entered two teams, an individual player may be a member of only one of the teams, not both. Several teams will be competing at the same time and the first team with the accurate title (the correct answer) will win a point. The team with the most points wins. Titles may be taken from plays, musicals, movies, TV shows, and songs from musicals. The winning team and subsequent awards will be celebrated and presented after the main stage performance on the final day of the conference.


THEATRE QUIZ BOWL

Event Fee: Free

Each school may register two Theatre Quiz Bowl teams and each team must include four (4) students. Each student must be registered for the festival and all team members must be from the same school. If a troupe has entered two teams, an individual player may be a member of only one of the teams, not both. Each team must designate one member as the team captain.

There are two types of questions: tossups and bonuses. Players buzz in to answer tossups, and a correct answer earns a team a bonus question on which they can collaborate. Questions are read by the moderator. There will also be a scorekeeper/timekeeper for each round.


I.E. REHEARSAL

Event Fee: Free

Get time at festival on Friday evening to rehearse and make all the final preparations for your Individual Event presentation. Students will be able to utilize a quite and private space, alongside other auditioners, where guest educators will offer feedback on your presentation - helping to make your performance the best it can be!



NEW! Awards and recognition

We've honored to include even more recognition for the troupes, educators, troupe directors, and administrators that help to make all the magic of the arts possible in high schools across the great state of Maryland! Submit your nomination and/or application today and help us celebrate all you and your thespians are doing each and every day of the year!

BECOME A MARYLAND STATE HONOR TROUPE
We are exited to announce that applications for the inaugural recognition of Honor Troupe are now being accepted! The Honor Troupe distinction recognizes troupes with tremendous achievements both within their school and their community and who maintain a high level of excellence, both on and off stage. There is no limit to the number of troupes that can apply each year.

The application process includes completing the application below and a submission of a portfolio highlighting the positive impact your troupe has made within their school and local community. Portfolios will be submitted online via the application below and will be reviewed by the Maryland Thespians Board of Directors. Awards will be presented at the Maryland State Thespian Festival held at Towson University. A certificate will be given to each school along with a letter addressed to their principal celebrating this monumental achievement. A plaque may be ordered as well to commemorate the occasion.

Honor Troupe applications should highlight work and achievements made in the last completed academic school year. All applications must be received by December 1, 2018. 

 

MARYLAND THESPIANS THEATRE TEACHER HALL OF FAME
Maryland Thespians is proud to introduce the Maryland Theatre Teacher Hall of Fame. This honor is bestowed upon those theatre educators who have served their students and school communities for over 20 years and aims to acknowledge the significant contributions made to their theatre programs. Nominate a teacher worthy of this distinction by submitting a complete nomination form below. Self nominations are acceptable.

 

MARYLAND THESPIANS TEACHER/ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR
Maryland Thespians is proud to introduce the Teacher / Administrator of the Year Award. This award aims to acknowledge the significant contributions teachers and administrators make each and every day in ensuring their students receive the highest quality theatre education. The Teacher / Administrator of the Year Award honors those individuals who have demonstrated unwavering dedication to their high school theatre programs and aims to recognize the support these individuals have provided, often times in the face of great obstacle. Students, administrators, teachers, colleagues, and community members may nominate a teacher or administrator they see worthy of this distinction by submitting a complete nomination form below.