Please read the information included in this email carefully. Many of our procedures, dates, fees, and formats have changed for this year. It is imperative that you know the changes so your students will be informed.

There are many unknowns about this school year, yet one thing I am certain of is that we will find a way to make this a spectacular year for Georgia Thespians. Our mission is to promote excellence for Georgia students and teachers by providing growth and leadership opportunities in theatre. The methods we use may be different due to the epidemic and the governmental restrictions, but we will be here to you help you and your students.

We are currently updating our website and handbook to help answer the many questions you must have at this time. This year Georgia Thespian Conference and Georgia Junior Thespian Conference will be combined for a super-sized conference February 4-6, 2021. Please make plans to attend our Virtual LeadCons to get the information first hand.


LeadCon and STO Elections

LeadCons, short for Leadership Conference, are mini-conferences that will be held via Zoom this school year. These meetings are for student leaders and troupe directors and will provide valuable information for the first ever virtual ThesCon. More details will be announced soon. Mark your calendar for the following LeadCon dates:

  • September 26, 2020
  • January 9, 2021

Troupe directors will be receiving an email with a Google form in the coming weeks in order to identify 1 (one) troupe rep, which is different from year’s past, which will help us in terms of working virtually at LeadCon this year. Reps may be from grades 9-12. You will also be asked to provide information if you have a State Thespian Officer (STO) candidate, who may be in grades 9-11. Both the rep and the candidate must participate in the virtual LeadCons on September 26 and January 9. Current STOs will be contacting candidates to participate in a pre-recorded session which will be aired during the virtual LeadCons. This will help us manage the virtual aspect of the platform and help ensure that each candidate is heard and seen.

Honor Troupe Submissions

Honor Troupe portfolios that share your troupe’s work for the 2019-2020 school year must be submitted via a digital-sharing, paperless process on the Georgia Thespian’s website this year. Go to gathespians.org, download and save the available template, customize the presentation for your troupe, and upload the presentation to your Google Drive (or alternate cloud provider). Be prepared to share a link to your digital portfolio when submitting your application. 

Remember that the Honor Troupe evaluation system has been adjusted this year to account for the time that school was cancelled this spring due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and you’ll see on the template that we want you to get credit for the creative virtual and digital productions and events that your troupe produced as a result. 

We hope this updated application process will make it easier for your troupe to submit its portfolio remotely. 
The deadline for submission is September 26, 2020. If you have questions about the Honor Troupe process contact Robby Davis at robby.davis@gathespians.org.

Individual Events

Individual Events, now called the Thespys, for both Thespians and Juniors Thespians will have UNLIMITED entries for all categories as we go digital this year! More information to come on the Georgia Thespians website soon. A Q and A session will be available at our first Virtual LeadCon on September 26, 2020 with Cece Conrath (Thespians) and Jordan Hughes (Junior Thespians).


Respectfully,
Paul Hampton and the Georgia Thespians Board