Freestyle Festival

Highlights for 2019 – 2020:

  • Registration opens: September 29, 2019
  • Deadline: Wednesday, January 4, 2020 at 6:00 PM
  • Event fee: $25 per entry
  • For additional questions please contact:

    Yellow Track: Thursday @ conference: 9:30 – 10:30 PM
    Blue Track: Friday @ conference: 9:30 – 10:30 PM

If you have a performance piece that runs between 5 and 20 minutes and requires little (if any) technical support, then consider submitting it for our annual Freestyle Festival. This is the perfect showcase for student-written works, scene studies, short plays, improv troupes, mime performances, musical theatre dance numbers, puppet shows, and almost anything else that would work well in an intimate setting. We especially hope to showcase student-created works.

The Freestyle Festival is open to any troupe registered for and attending the Georgia Thespian Conference. Performances range from short one-act plays, cuttings from full-length plays or musicals, or reader’s theatre to dance, mime, comedy, drama, improvisation, or stand-up. Intimate, small cast productions, original works, student-written and/or directed works and experimental pieces work well in the Freestyle Festival. Emphasis is on performance rather than technical aspects. Accentuate the acting. Eliminate lavish staging, sets, props, and costume changes.

Troupes may enter more than one event, as space allows. To enter Freestyle Festival, complete the entry form and submit the entry(s) along with payment before the deadline.


Performances will be scheduled as part of the Evening Activities for both tracks. Performances will be tentatively scheduled upon receipt of the Freestyle Festival entry form. Your performance will not be officially scheduled on the program until your school’s entry forms and fees are received by Georgia Thespians. Final and official scheduling will be done on a first-come, first-served basis, determined by the date complete entry form and fees are received. Be advised that other events will occur at the same scheduled time — Tech Challenge, Improv!, and Film Festival. Keep this in mind when selected students to perform so they don’t register for multiple events that occur simultaneously.

Rights & Royalties

Schools producing published material are responsible for making any arrangements with the publisher for a license and paying all royalties and
fees associated with the performance.

Performance Time

Minimum performance time is 5 minutes and maximum performance time is 20 minutes (from set to strike). No performing group will be allowed to exceed the 20-minute maximum time length. Provide the best possible estimate of performance time on the entry form.


Performing groups will not be allocated rehearsal time or space prior to the scheduled performance time. Performers and directors are not allowed on stage until called to the stage by the Freestyle emcee. Troupes will be assigned to a preparation area upon arrival at Conference. Actors should be prepared to go on stage one half-hour prior to their scheduled performance time. Dressing rooms MUST be kept orderly and free of clutter.

Troupes must clear all belongings from dressing rooms and green room immediately following their use.

General Technical

Appropriate personnel must directly supervise the use of any CSU technical equipment. Each performing group must provide an individual who will be responsible for providing or executing the appropriate light and sound cues.


Only general area lighting will be available. Productions must be able to use “on-off” lighting. Special lighting effects, colors, etc., and follow
spots are not available.


No microphones will be provided. While CD & MP3 playback may be available, groups requiring audio playbook should plan to use their own “boom box”.


A prop is any item that will fit through a single door and can be carried by a single person. Set pieces are anything bigger. Hand props are those items to be carried on stage by the actors in one hand. Set pieces including platforms, multiple step units, and flats are not allowed. The performing space will may include a variety of cubes, chairs, and other rehearsal furniture that may be used in your production. Due to the limited strike changeover time, limit the size and number of props you bring to those items absolutely essential to the plotline of your performance. Costumes, hand props, and make-up must be furnished by the performing troupe.