International Thespian Excellence Awards (Thespys for short) is an educational program that offers Thespians the opportunity 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 program culminate in a curated selection of outstanding student work representing both performance and design categories called Showcase. 

To participate in International Thespian Excellence Awards, students must be registered delegates of the festival. You can register for festival using our online registration system. Students do not need to be an inducted Thespian to participate in the International Thespian Excellence Awards. Students are allowed to participate in two categories at the state level and one 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, to align ourselves with the national standard, all student participants will be in the audition room for the specific category and session they are scheduled within. Students will be in the room for the duration of the scheduled session. Students will not be allowed to stand in the hall before presenting and will not be allowed to leave the room until all presentations have been completed. Certain exceptions may apply based on scheduling and student participation in other events. Please contact Amber Perkins, Coordinator of MD State Thespian Festival International Thespian Excellence Awards, immediately should you foresee the need for a special accommodation. 

Below you will find the eligibility requirements and rules regarding International Thespian Excellence Awards 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 rubrics in your classrooms.