Students work as asst. directors, asst. choreographers, and dramaturgs on Opening Number, Playworks, or Festival Finale. Max 3 per troupe. No fee.

 Vital time keepers and room facilitators. Required at least 2 per troupe. No fee.

Two of the most exciting moments of the California State Thespian Festival are the Opening Number and Festival Finale. This is a great way to represent your school and show off your talent on the main stage.

At Festival Students will be able to select from a broad variety of theatre workshops: acting, dancing, design, directing, technical theatre, playwriting, and improvisation – the list is constantly growing.

CA Playworks is a collaborative workshop process designed to foster young California playwrights through play development and a staged reading guided by professional directors. Playwrights, Actors, ADs, Dramaturgs. No fee for actors, ADs, or Dramaturgs. $35 per Thespy playwriting submission.

Improv groups perform for adjudication. Each team made of 4-5 students from at least two different troupes. No fee.

Scholarships available for undergrads and seniors in 9 distinct categories. No fee.
Festival attendance not required.

30-minute one acts or cuttings. One per troupe.
Apply by attending any Play Festival. $165.

Fun, non-competitive events, great for troupes with some students in late night rehearsals. No fee

Student tech crew runs all tech for Festival under the mentorship of professional technicians. $35 per student.