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.

Thespian Play FestivalIn-Person Locations:

  • Northern: Westmont High School, Campbell
  • Central: Arroyo Grande High School, Arroyo Grande
  • Southern: Upland High School, Upland
Any California performing group may enter any of the CA Thespian Play Festivals (Northern, Central, Southern, or Virtual), regardless of their location.



  • In-person events are on Jan 20, 2024.
  • In-person registration is due Jan 10, 2024
  • Virtual submissions are due on Jan 31, 2024.


  • $165 per Thespian troupe.
  • $265 per non-Thespian group.

Registration does not include lunch.

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updated October 19, 2023