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Junior Thespians

Junior Thespians is a chapter of the Educational Theatre Association, which sponsors the International Thespian Society for middle and high school theatre. Junior Thespians has troupes all across the country in both public and private schools, representing excellence in theatre education. A student may be inducted into a local Junior Thespian Troupe after earning 10 points – the equivalent of 100 hours working in school, community and/or professional theatre both on and behind the stage.

Junior Thespian Experience Day at the Iowa Thespian Festival

The Junior Thespian Experience Day is held on the Saturday of Iowa Thespian Festival. A unique new experience for junior high students, Junior Thespian Experience Day give young thespians a chance to expand on skills, relationships, and their future in the world of theatre. Join us for an exciting day filled with outstanding performances, workshops, and time to meet students from across the state of Iowa. Please encourage all seventh and eighth grade students interested in theatre to attend the Junior Thespian Experience Day at the Iowa Thespian Festival!

Registration for Junior Thespian Experience Day will open in late August. Please check back here at that time for a link to the registration site, as well as additional information on the Junior Thespian Experience Day. Some helpful information to help you plan before registration...

Who Can Attend
The Junior Thespian Experience Day at the Iowa Thespian Festival is open to all seventh or eighth grade students from across the state of Iowa. YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A THESPIAN TO ATTEND THE IOWA THESPIAN FESTIVAL! Schools do NOT need to have a Junior Thespian troupe membership to attend the Iowa Festival. We believe attending Festival is an excellent opportunity to gain insight into what being a Thespian is all about. This outstanding day of theatre will hopefully help them as they grow as young artists. We want every seventh or eighth grade student to be able to experience the arts through this one-day Festival opportunity.

Please plan an appropriate number of chaperones for the size of your troupe delegation. We recommend you register one chaperone for every eight junior high students. All chaperones should plan to participate and accompany students throughout the day. This will help ensure a successful, smooth and enjoyable Junior Thespian Experience Day at the Iowa Thespian Festival!

Schedule Overview
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM - Mainstage Performance
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM - Individual Event Showcase and Lunch (provided)
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM - Workshops
4:30 PM – 7:30 PM - Mainstage Performance


Lead Chaperone (only 1) $0.00
Additional Chaperones $30.00
Junior High Student $30.00
Late Fee (if postmarked after registration deadline) $100.00

Registration includes: