Thespian Criticworks

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THESPIAN CRITICWORKS nurtures original student-written arts journalism. The program staff will choose up to six writers to attend the International Thespian Festival. Professional critics will help the chosen finalists develop their critical writing.


Writers must be active members of the International Thespian Society enrolled in high school during the current school year. All finalists must be available to attend the upcoming International Thespian Festival. Finalists will be responsible for the cost of their travel to ITF, but the International Thespian Society will pay the registration fees, which include room and board as well as admission to all ITF events.


Criticism must be the original work of a single Thespian writer. Writers should submit at least three but no more than five samples of published or unpublished theatre criticism for consideration.


Writers may submit work for consideration from October 1 until January 15. Early submissions are encouraged. All writers will be notified shortly after March 15 about the status of their submission. Submissions will not be acknowledged when received.


The writers will observe productions and readings, consult with professional critics, receive feedback, and make revisions to strengthen their writing. Each writer will submit one work of theatre criticism to be published in Dramatics (at its discretion) during the following school year.


All work is protected by copyright from the moment it’s created. Writers own their works and have exclusive control of the rights to publish and adapt them.


Writers should submit their writing themselves; 12-point type is preferred. Each submission should include the title of the article, your name and email address, your school name and troupe number, and your troupe director’s name and email address.