Fees

Double occupancy, Monday, June 19 arrival:
Inducted Thespians: $740.
Non-member students: $770.
Adults: $740.

Single occupancy, Monday, June 19 arrival:
Adults only: $873.

All week, activities-only fees: 
Inducted Thespians: $504.
Non-member students: $534.
Adults: $504.


The basic fee includes:

  • a bed in a double room in university residence halls, Monday through Saturday nights
  • three meals a day in the university cafeterias, Monday dinner through Sunday breakfast
  • admittance to all the shows, workshops, and late night activities

After May 1, fees must be paid by certified check, money order, MasterCard, Visa, Amex, or Diners Club.

Checks for Festival registration should be made out to the International Thespian Festival and mailed to:

International Thespian Festival
PO Box 645541
Cincinnati, OH 45264-5541

Auditions Fee

The fee to participate in either college auditions or Thespian scholarship auditions is $46 per student. This fee must be paid via Acceptd for college auditions when the application is completed. Applications for Thespian scholarship auditions must be completed on the Academic Works website and payment submitted through the Festival registration site.

Change fee

The online registration has the ability to make cancellation and additions or substitutions to your Festival delegation. There is a $15 fee for each added or substituted delegate as well as each activity or item changed from the original registration.

Individual Events fee

The fee is $30 per event. An event is one entry (regardless of number of students) in monologue, duet acting, group acting, solo musical, duet musical, group musical, costume design, sound design, scenic design, lighting design, theatre marketing, short film, costume construction, and stage management.

Late registration fee

There is a $200 fee for registering between May 2 and June 18. This is a per delegate charge. This fee is in addition to the basic registration cost. Payments made during this period must be by certified check, money order, MasterCard, Visa, Amex, or Diners Club.

Onsite late fee

There is a $250 fee for registering at Festival beginning June 19. Since there is limited space at the Festival, EdTA recommends calling to confirm availability. This is a per delegate charge. This fee is in addition to the basic registration cost. Payments must made be by certified check, money order, MasterCard, Visa, Amex, or Diners Club.

Unaffiiliated school fee

There is a $85 fee for schools sending two or more delegates to Festival that are not affiliated with the International Thespian Society. The fee can be applied to charter requirements if the school becomes a member of the International Thespian Society by June 30. If the theatre director at the non-Thespian school is a professional member of the Educational Theatre Association then the unaffiliated school fee will be waived.

All-week, activities-only fee

Delegates not requiring housing or meals may receive admission to all Festival activities and a t-shirt. The cost is $504 for inducted Thespians and adults, and $534 for non-member students. 

Daily activities-only fee

For $100, a delegate is admitted to one day’s Festival activities. Meals are not included.

Professional Development Intensives (PDIs)

The fee is $210 per PDI per adult.

Session activities-only fee

For $25, a delegate may participate in a single session, morning, afternoon, or evening. Available onsite only. No more than two session passes may be purchased per day, per person.

Student Leadership Training fee

The fee is $50 per student.

Substitution fee

Prior to May 1, there is a $30 fee for substitutions. This includes two change fees: one $15 fee for the add and another $15 fee for the cancellation. Substituting a member of the same gender assures housing with the rest of your troupe. Substitutions are allowed prior to the start of Festival, Monday, June 19. Submit substitutions in writing to the EdTA National Office. Include $30 for each substitution and a new consent form signed by the substitute’s parent or guardian.

Tech Challenge fee

The registration fee for the Tech Challenge is $100 per team. A troupe may submit more than one team.

Cancellation fee

There is a $100 cancellation fee per person, prior to May 1. Refunds of Festival registration fees will NOT be authorized for cancellations received after May 1. Requests for cancellations must be made in writing to the EdTA National Office no later than May 1. Refund checks (minus the per delegate $100 cancellation fee) will be issued to the school and sent by August 1.