Junior Thespian Festival

The deadline to register for the Junior Thespian Festival is November 15!

The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) has partnered with iTheatrics, which runs a successful Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta. The two organizations will jointly conduct JTF West, a new theatre festival for middle school students, at the Sacramento Convention Center from February 10-12, 2017.


The new event will begin with a day of activities exclusively for Junior Thespian Troupes. They will participate in Junior National Individual Events (NIE), workshops, and other Thespian-only activities. Friday evening will culminate with the showcase of the top NIE participants and will be attended by all JTF participants. Additionally, all student groups will have the opportunity to present 15 minutes from a musical in Music Theatre International’s Broadway Junior library of titles for adjudication by a panel of leaders in education and theater. They will receive feedback on their connection to the material, storytelling, movement, music, acting and ensemble work.

Interested in teaching at JTF West? Submit a proposal!


Key information:

Dates: Friday, February 10 through Sunday, February 12, 2017.
Location: The Sacramento Convention Center Ballroom and Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, CA.
Registration: Register your troupe here
Cost: Active Junior Thespian troupes get three days for the price of two, plus any applicable NIE fees.


*To receive Thespian discounts, you must register here and be an active Thespian troupe. 

To participate in NIEcomplete this survey for each NIE event. You will be contacted by iTheatrics to make payment arrangements.

Fees do not include additional meals, transportation, or lodging. 

Each festival attendee, including directors, students, chaperones, and parents, must be registered as part of a group. Every attendee is required to pay the per person participation fee. Participation fees are due by November 15, 2016. After that date, participation fees increase to $250 per person. Individuals will be unable to register at sign-in at the beginning of the festival. Day passes are not available.

Schedule of events for Junior Thespian Day:

Friday, February 10
7:00am Registration open (Memorial Auditorium)
8:15am Opening and welcome (Memorial Auditorium)
9:15am Group A: Individual Events
Group B: Tech Challenge
11:00am Group A: Tech Challenge
Group B: Individual Events
12:30pm Lunch (provided)
1:15pm Workshop 1
2:30pm Workshop 2
3:45pm Workshop 3
4:45pm Dinner on your own
6:00pm New Group Orientation for directors and leaders of new groups by iTheatrics
7:00pm Individual Events Showcase (Memorial Auditorium)
7:45pm Conclusion of exclusive Junior Thespian Day 


Need more information?

Check out videos from the 2015 Junior Theater Festival, or find answers to frequently asked questions.