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Alternate Thespy® Qualifier


The primary way to qualify for Thespys is through a chapter qualifying event. EdTA conducts the Alternate Qualifier to help ensure that all Thespians have the opportunity to participate in the Thespys program.


You may be eligible to participate in this Alternate Qualifier if you are an officially inducted Thespian and meet the following criteria:

  • The Thespian’s assigned chapter does not conduct a Thespy qualifier.

  • The Thespian’s assigned chapter cancels its Thespy qualifier.

  • The Thespian does not have an assigned a chapter based on their school’s mailing address.

  • The Thespian’s chapter director gives written permission to EdTA for the Thespian to participate. All permissions should be sent to thespys@schooltheatre.org.

There are two steps to participating in the qualifier:

  1. Register and pay the participation fee. Troupe directors must submit entries for all participating students along with payment by December 15, 2023. Students may enter multiple categories, but only one entry will be accepted per category.

  2. Submit digital entry materials in OpenWater. Carefully review the rules and requirements in the official Thespy program guide to avoid disqualification. Entries will be accepted from November 13 until 5 p.m. ET December 15, 2023. No late entries will be accepted.

Scores and feedback will be released by January 15, 2024. Thespians who earn overall Superior ratings advance to the final round of the International Thespian Excellence Awards, held during the 2024 International Thespian Festival in Bloomington, Indiana. Questions may be directed to thespys@schooltheatre.org.


Register for the Alternate Qualifier