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Thank you for an amazing International Thespian Festival 2016! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! And it's never too early to start planning for next year's Festival, so save the date: International Thespian Festival 2017, June 19-24, 2017, in Lincoln, Nebraska.

If you are interested in having one of your productions on the Festival main stage then read more on the adjudication procedures for main stage shows, the main stage performances rules, and when you're ready, apply to have your show screened.

Look back at Festival 2016 on Thespian Nation!

Each June, nearly 4,000 students and teachers converge on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the International Thespian Festival, a weeklong celebration of theatre featuring a wealth of opportunities such as:

  • Great high school performances on four stages,
  • More than 100 workshops and masterclasses,
  • A student leadership program,
  • Auditions for college admission and Thespian scholarships, and
  • Student written Thespian Playworks and Thespian Musicalworks programs.