The new name reflects EdTA’s dedication to supporting excellence in the theatre arts by recognizing the highest level of achievement in school theatre performance and technical theatre.
Exactly the same as in the National Individual Events (NIEs), each student is evaluated against established, national standards-based rubrics. All students who achieve overall Superiors at their chapter and earn the top scores in their category at the International Thespian Festival will earn International Thespian Excellence Awards, or ThespysTM for short.
All Thespy Award Winners will be honored on the main stage at the International Thespian Festival Showcase, which will be re-imagined in 2020 as the celebratory closing event. Select award winners will be invited to travel to New York City and Los Angeles to perform or present at the Educational Theatre Foundation’s Broadway Back to School and Thespians Go Hollywood galas—offering them the opportunity to meet and learn from industry professionals.
“This new program will bring more attention to educational theatre, while encouraging students to strive for excellence,” said EdTA board member and Kansas theatre teacher David Tate Hastings. “I’m excited to promote this opportunity with my own students.”