Welcome to California Thespians, a state chapter of the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA).

We have a lot of exciting events taking place throughout the year.


Play Festival Registrations NOW OPEN!

Northern Play Festival: Jan 20, 2024 at Westmont High School
Central Play Festival: Jan 20, 2024 at Arroyo Grande High School
Southern Play Festival: Jan 20, 2024 at Upland High School

In-person registration DUE: January 10, 2024
Virtual submissions DUE: January 31, 2024

California State Thespians (CST) invites all California middle and high schools to bring a performance to the annual California Thespian Play Festivals. Performances (up to 30 minutes) may be one-acts, cuttings from full-length productions, reader's theatre, dance, mime, comedy, drama, etc. Performances are encouraged to be: entertaining, audience-appropriate, and timely. Student-written and student-directed pieces are encouraged.

Pieces will be adjudicated by a panel of theatre professionals who will share their notes with the cast and crew immediately after each performance in a casual, educational atmosphere. Virtual Play Festival entries will receive detailed written feedback.

Play Festival Registration Info

CA State Thespian Festival (CSTF)

Registration Now Open

April 5-7, 2024

Thespian Festival Registration Info

Due by November 30, 2023

All Other Registration materials due by January 31, 2024

Other Upcoming Events:

CA Jr. Thespian Festival: February 3, 2024 at Orange County School of the Arts

Stand Up 4 Arts Education: April 30, 2024 at Sacramento


updated November 5, 2023