April 5-7, 2024 - Upland HS, Upland, CA

Get ready for the best three days of high school theatre in California. The California State Thespian Festival features numerous performances presented by high school students from throughout the state. Students may participate in a variety of workshops led by theatre professionals, perform or view individual performance and tech events, audition for scholarships, shop for theatre merchandise, and connect with 1200 other California Thespians.

Download the Festival quick guide: a printable single page with important information to share with your parents and admin.

Festival Quick Guide

CA Thespians exists to serve and support our members, and it is worth our every effort to create space for our members who want to participate in the events we produce.
To that end, we are returning to a dual track schedule for 2024, with the following improvements based on feedback from our most recent dual track event in 2019:
  • There will be no second stage.
  • We will increase capacity in other, optional audience opportunities such as Improv Spectacular, Play Marathon, and Playworks.
  • Mainstage events will be shorter overall.
At this time, we do not plan to double cast Opening Number, Festival Finale, or Playworks.



Due by January 10, 2024

Due by Jan 31, 2024

Troupe Directors will receive an automated email each time a student or chaperone submits an application or Health form. Please ensure that your students and chaperones have a valid email address for you.

Carefully review the 2024 State Festival deadlines and policies. 

Registration Rates:

  • Student Thespian: $150

  • Student Non-Thespian: $185

  • Troupe Director: Free

  • Working Chaperone: Free

  • Non-Working Chaperone: $200

Registration includes access to every Mainstage Event, all workshops, and supplemental events that do not require a pre-Festival sign up (improvs, late night events, etc).

Administrative Fees: 

  • Change Fee: $35

  • Late Fee: $200

Supplemental Event Fees:

  • Thespy Fee (per event): $35

  • Student Tech Crew Application: $35

  • All other Supplemental Student Events: Free

    Mainstage content, attendance, and ettiquette

Our wonderful Mainstage Content Committee and the California State Thespian Board are proud to release the
Mainstage Content, Attendance, and Audience Etiquette Policy for 2023-24.
This document should be reviewed by all troupe directors and shared with their students, as it involves clear expectations and guidelines for Mainstage Events.

Download the Festival Handbook
for a one-stop, printable Festival information resource.

Festival Handbook

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