Travel and schedule

Travel Information

All delegates should have adequate health and travel insurance. Directors are encouraged to check these carefully before accepting the responsibility of chaperoning any delegate.

The Festival registration desk will be open 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Monday, June 19, and 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20. The schedule will kick off with an opening production, presented twice, once at 6:30 p.m. and again at 9:00 p.m. Plan your weekly schedule carefully using the International Thespian Festival program. Festival check-out is 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 25. 

Event schedule

Tentative yellow and blue track schedules are now available for the 2017 International Thespian Festival. These schedules are subject to revision. 

Air travel

United Express and Delta fly into the Lincoln airport, a ten-minute drive from the UNL campus. Airline and airfare choices broaden if you choose to fly in and out of the Omaha airport, which is about an hour drive from Lincoln.

Transportation to and from the airport

Omalink is now under new ownership and offering special reduced rates to Thespians:

  • $30 per person, round trip, to and from the Lincoln airport.
  • $60 per person, round trip, to and from the Omaha airport.

Email for reservations.


Greyhound Bus Lines, 800.231.2222 or 402.474.1071


Amtrak, 800.872.7245

Rental cars

  • Budget Car Rental, 800.527.0700. At Lincoln airport, 402.474.2800.
  • Avis Car Rental, 800.331.1212. At Lincoln airport, 402.474.1202.
  • National Car Rental, 800.227.7368. At Lincoln airport, 402.474.4301.
  • Hertz Car Rental, 800.654.3131. At Lincoln airport, 402.474.4079.

When you arrive

Go to the Lied Center at 12th and Q Streets. Do not unload passengers or luggage. The troupe director and one student should report to the registration desk in the Lied Center lobby to pick up Festival materials.

The registration desk will be open Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. For troupes arriving after 9:00 p.m. on Monday, residence hall assignments will be posted on the Lied Center lobby doors. Late arriving troupes can check in at the 24-hour desk in their dorm.

Registration packets will be distributed only to troupe directors. Students arriving before her/his troupe director will be asked to wait. Directors will receive registration packets when all fees have been paid in full. Any balance due on site must be paid by money order, traveler’s check, cash, MasterCard, Visa, Amex, or Diners Club. Personal checks will not be accepted.


All vehicles parked on the UNL campus must have a parking pass. There is no parking fee. Passes may be picked up at the 24-hour desk in your residence hall. Vehicles without a parking pass may be ticketed or towed. Heavy vehicles are required to park at the back of the remote parking lot just south of the Devaney Sports Center. The entrance is off Court Street. Vehicles violating UNL’s no-parking zones will be towed.