May 16, 2016
The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) has partnered with iTheatrics to jointly conduct Junior Thespian Festival West, a merged theatre festival for middle school students. The inaugural JTF West will take place at the Sacramento Convention Center, February 9-11, 2017.
Since 2003, iTheatrics has run the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta. In that time, the event has grown from 650 attendees to more than 4,500. The new JTF West event will begin with a day of activities exclusively for Junior Thespian troupes. Junior Thespians will participate in Junior Individual Events (IEs), workshops, and other Thespian-only activities. The festival’s opening day will conclude with a showcase of the top Individual Events participants, which will be open to the all attendees.
“By collaborating with iTheatrics, we will bring Junior Thespians and their teachers new levels of education, experience, and excitement,” said EdTA Executive Director Julie Cohen Theobald. “iTheatrics delivers outstanding educational programming and performance opportunities at its festivals. By establishing a new west coast location, together we broaden access for students to benefit from rigorous workshops, focused performance adjudications for groups, and opportunities to work with professional artists of the highest caliber. Sacramento was chosen specifically for its accessibility, affordability, and its embrace of student groups.”
“This JTF West partnership personifies communication, collaboration, creative thinking, and the other life skills that we all learn by being part of a musical,” added iTheatrics founder Timothy Allen McDonald. “iTheatrics has had the pleasure of collaborating with EdTA on other programs over the years, and now we’re pooling our strengths to create something truly remarkable together.”
Registration for JTF West will officially open later in May, but Junior Thespian troupes may pre-register their groups in advance. More information about the event is available on Schooltheatre.org, as are answers to some frequently asked questions.