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How to Enter

The Thespy Awards are open to Thespians and Junior Thespians. You must be inducted into the International Thespian Society to participate (or on track to be inducted by the time of the International Thespian Festival, traditionally held the last week of June). 

  1. Explore the categories and prepare a submission.  
    Work with your theatre teacher to find a category you can excel in and understand all the program and category-specific rules and requirements before you present your submission. Rehearse your performance or presentation often and in front of as many people as possible so you can get comfortable performing under pressure. Work with your teachers, coaches, and peers to ensure you’re showcasing your best work. 

  1. Register for your local or regional Thespy Awards qualifying event.  
    Each chapter handles qualifying events differently, so it’s important to understand the requirements in your region. Qualifying event information will be posted as it’s received. You must enter the qualifying event in your home chapter, but don’t worry if your chapter doesn’t offer a qualifying event — there’s an alternate qualifier round held by EdTA!

  1. Receive your scores and feedback from your qualifier.  
    Once you receive your scores, you’ll know if you’ve qualified to move to the next round —students who score overall superiors are invited to the next round of Thespys. Depending on where you’re located, local events feed into regional events, which then feed into the final international round. EdTA will reach out via email in April to formally invite qualifying students to the International Thespian Festival

  1. Review your feedback and refine your performance or presentation.  
    It’s important to keep working on your submission, applying learnings from the adjudicators’ feedback. This is how you stretch and grow your skills. If you didn’t qualify to move on, use the feedback you received as you continue to work in your field at school or in your community. There will come a time when you get to apply what you’ve learned in the future! 

  1. Register for an all-access pass to ITF and select the Thespys as an add-on by May 11, 2022.  
    Most of the time, your troupe director is responsible for registering you for ITF, so check in to make sure you understand the process moving forward. You may enter more than one Thespy category, but you must present the same performance or presentation that you qualified with regionally (no changes are allowed, though you can continue to refine your existing performance or presentation). 

  1. Create an account and upload a digital submission by June 1, 2022, here on the official Thespys website.  
    Your ability to win a Thespy is not tied to your ability to attend ITF in-person. Though in-person adjudications are expected to be held at ITF in 2022, because of the ongoing and rapidly changing conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are requiring all qualified students to create an account and submit a digital entry in order to ensure adjudication in a safe and timely manner. During the submission process, students attending ITF in-person can choose to be scored on their virtual OR in-person adjudication, but are still required to submit a digital entry regardless of their preference. Students who have registered to attend ITF as a virtual attendee may only be adjudicated digitally. If you were adjudicated based on a digital entry at your qualifier, you may submit the same materials to ITF if necessary, but we highly recommend rerecording to incorporate adjudicator feedback and ensure you are following the program rules. 

  1. Attend the Thespy Awards showcase Friday, June 24, 2022 to celebrate the top-scoring Thespians.  
    Those who received the highest scores in each category will be revealed live during the showcase, along with the recipients of any Thespy-based scholarships. Feedback and scores for all participants will be released following the showcase.