California Thespians invites you to participate in the annual California State Thespian Play Festival.

California State Thespians (CST) invites all California High Schools to bring a short play (no longer than 30 minutes) or a cutting of a play (no longer than 30 minutes) to the annual California Thespian Play Festival.

The first 10 schools to submit a complete application will be chosen to perform. If more than 10 schools apply, preference will be given to High Schools that are current members of Educational Theatre Association (EDTA). Using the California State Thespian rubric, plays 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. Judges will privately select their top three plays and rank them. All plays will be recorded.

The Judge’s #1 choice will be invited to perform on the Main Stage at the California State Thespian Festival at the Highlander Auditorium in Upland, CA: April 8-10, 2022. To perform at the California State Thespian Festival, the winning school needs to become a member of EDTA (if they are not) AND register for the CST Festival on time and before registration closes due to capacity. Spots will not be held in advance.

Click here to sign up for Southern Play Festival on December 18, 2021

Click here to sign up for Northern Play Festival on January 22, 2022

Southern CA Play Festival Info Sheet

Northern CA Play Festival Info Sheet