Shows and Screening & Chapter Select

Highlights for 2019 – 2020

Mandatory production meeting for directors of accepted shows:
LeadCon 2 on January 4, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Houston County High School, Warner Robins, GA.

One of the most memorable conference moments is to sit in a beautiful, dark theatre and witness the most amazing show you’ve ever seen! Georgia Thespians wants to bring high quality one-act productions to showcase at the Georgia Thespian Conference. If your troupe would like to share your show with other Thespians, then ask your director to apply for screening. Please note, troupes are allowed to choose only one show to be screened each year.

There are numerous opportunities for getting your production featured in one of our conference venues. Our goal is to provide conference attendees with a variety of theatre with regards to genre, style, theme, and scale.

Directors must agree to the conditions listed in the Screening Agreement, and fill-out and submit a Screening Application. Selected shows will be given notice of acceptance in early December before conference. All show directors must attend a production meeting at the 2nd LeadCon session in January before conference.

Accepted Forms of Payment:

  • School check
  • Booster Club check
  • Money Order
  • Cashiers/Certified Check
  • Cash

As a member of the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA), it is our goal to make Theatre Education a central part of the screening process. Adjudicators will use an evaluation rubric designed to provide ample feedback to students and directors.

Committee Contacts

Sarah Lindahl and Miro Gomez, Conference Shows Coordinators
Cell: 404-290-8505

Performance Venue Information

  • River Centre for the Performing Arts Bill Heard Theater
    Seating capacity: 1988
  • Columbus State University Theatre on the Park Proscenium Theater
    Seating capacity: 350
  • CSU Studio Theatre
    Seating capacity: 120
  • Springer Opera House
    Seating capacity: 700
  • McClure Black Box Theater
    Seating capacity: 300

Rules and Procedures for Selected Shows:

  • When you arrive at the venue, ask for the Stage Management Venue Coordinator. They will show you the space, including: dressing rooms, control booth, and backstage area.
  • Please be aware that House Management may open the house during your lights and sound check.
  • At their discretion House Management may allow late seating into the balcony.

Conference Chapter Select

The Chapter Select Showcase is a presentation of one-acts which takes place at the International Thespian Festival (ITF) in Bloomington, Indiana. The Chapter Select Showcase features outstanding Thespian productions from chapters nationwide. Georgia Thespians will provide a grant of up to $5,000 to cover ITF registration fees for any school selected to perform in the Chapter Select Showcase. Participants must be registered for the entire festival and meet all festival deadlines. The troupe director will send a copy of the school’s Festival registration to the Chapter Treasurer. Georgia Thespians will send a check made out to the school or the booster organization, within two weeks after the Chapter Select show performs at the International Thespian Festival.

  • Each show has forty-five (45) minutes to perform, ten (10) minutes to set, and five (5) minutes to strike.
  • All Chapter Select entries must be adjudicated at Georgia Thespian Conference by an evaluation team selected by the Chapter Director or the Chapter Board. The evaluation team may recommend one show and one alternate from a Chapter. The evaluation team will select the best production to represent a Chapter. The evaluation team submits their recommendations to the EdTA National Office. If the team does not see a production that warrants recognition, they may choose not to make a recommendation.
  • If a school is invited to present a Chapter Select at ITF, the school will be sent an Acceptance Invitation along with more specific guidelines. The school needs to complete and submit the Acceptance Invitation by the announced deadlines in order to secure its spot in the Chapter Select performance venue.

The technical aspects of the show must remain simple. Guidelines are listed below:

  • Sets and props: 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 items carried onstage by an actor in one hand. Set pieces and flats are not allowed.
  • Lighting: A follow-spot is available, but must be requested in advance. General area lighting is available (stage right, stage left, up center, center, and down center stage) as well as blue and amber washes.
  • Special lighting effects are not available.
  • Sound: The theatre will provide a CD player, amplification, and speakers. Groups may use their own iPod or MP3 player through the theatre sound system. Mics are not permitted in this venue.

Troupes must secure written permission from the publisher for presentation at the Festival during Festival dates. Troupes are responsible for payment of royalties. Upon written request, some publishers will waive royalty fees for Festival performances.

If your school wishes to be considered for the Chapter Select Showcase at the International Thespian Festival, you must complete the Chapter Select Screening Agreement (in addition to all Georgia Thespians screening documents) and mail it to the address provided on the Screening Agreement by October 4th deadline.