Festivals in China

EdTA China Young Thespian Festival is a drama festival series hosted every year by EdTA China. The Festival includes competitions based on themes, and non-competition units to enhance the learning experience of the students. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and compete against peers from all over the China who are equally passionate about drama. They will also have the chance to take part in workshops, sessions and lectures taught by theatre experts and drama education professionals to learn about the holistic subject of drama and explore their passions.

Winners in the Festival will be recommended by EdTA China to compete in Individual Events (scenes, monologues, musical solos, and small group performances) at the annual EdTA festival in the US every June. ITS members also gain points while they participate in EdTA or EdTA China festivals.

1st Young Thespian Festival

The 2014 Young Thespian Drama festival contains two different categories of activities: competition and workshops. The competition consisted of Monologue and Scene performances separated into two levels: Junior (6-8 grade years) and Senior (9-12 grade years).Last year, 120 students from 22 different school’s joined this festival.
Date: 6 December, 2014
Watch Festival video
Winners List
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2nd Young Thespian Festival

The 2015 EdTA China Young Thespian Improv Festival is a major English Drama festival held by EdTA China in cooperation with ENREACH Education. Two different categories of activities are included in this festival: competition and workshops, the main focus being on improvisation.
Theme: Improv
Date: 24 May, 2015
Watch Festival video
Winners List
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3rd Young Thespian Festival

Compared to our past two festivals, the 2016 Young Thespian Festival far surpassed our expectations in number of participants. Over three hundred students from 40 well-known schools in 11 cities nationwide participated in this year’s Festival. In addition to the Scene and Monologue categories, a new competition known as “Reader’s Theatre” was introduced to the competitors. 50 students were split into 4 groups and produced a short production in a matter of hours. As the competition rounds and Reader’s Theatre rehearsals were commencing, varies workshops were open throughout the day for participants and adults to participate in.

Theme: Scene | Monologue | Reader’s Theater
Date: 19 December, 2015
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Winning List

4th Young Thespian Festival

In addition to “Improv” competition category, this year we induct “24 hour theatre” and “Freestyle performance” to our Young Thespian Festival. “24 hour theatre” is a competition gives you 24 hours to meet your new team members, analyze the script, learn your lines, rehearse blocking, gather props and costumes, and perform your final performance. While if you already have something prepared with your troupe members, “Freestyle theater” is the place you should come and show.

Over 126 students plus 5 troupes from all over China came to participate, and they all enjoyed learning and performance in this fabulous festival!

Theme: Improv
                  24 hour theatre
                  Freestyle theatre
Date: May 14-15, 2016
Location: Shanghai
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Winning List

Thespian Festival in US

Thespian Festival for High School Students

The annual EdTA festival gathers 4,000 high school students at the University of Lincoln, Nebraska from all over the world to compete, take workshops and master classes, and watch performances from other schools.
Date: Jun 22-27, 2015
Link:http://www.schooltheatre.org/thespianfestival2015/home/

Junior Thespian Festival

The Junior Thespian Festival is a three-day celebration of theatre for middle school students (grades six through eight) and their teachers. This event provides Junior Thespians with opportunities to develop their theatre skills, make new friends, and share the theatre experience with peers and teachers from around the country.
Date: March 19-21, 2015
Link:http://www.schooltheatre.org/edta/events/juniorthespianfestival

How to Start

EdTA China will organize and select the students to participate in the 2015 Thespian Festival in three of the following ways:

EdTA Thespian Festival Only
Students must be in grades 9-12 and already being ITS member. To participate in the Festival students should register through the EdTA China office.
Registration Deadline: 2015/4/30

EdTA Thespian Festival + Individual Event Competition Class
An exclusive group of high school students will be taken to this year’s annual EdTA Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska at the end of June to compete in their IE (individual event) competition. In preparation for the trip, students will take a course where they will receive 10 hours of tutoring to prepare a monologue, duet scene or solo song. After they complete the tutoring, students will perform for a judge and earn a qualifying score to compete in the US festival. Students must be in grades 9-12 and must be an ITS member. Fluent English and audition are required for acceptance.
Registration Deadline: 2015/3/10
Audition Date: 2015/3/15

EdTA Thespian Festival + Freestyle Performance Class
A group of selected student will prepare a short play directed by one of our talented drama teachers to be performed at the EdTAfestival in June. Students must be in grades 9-12 and must speak fluent or nearly fluent English to participate. Attendance is very important for this course and only students that are willing to commit to all rehearsals as well as the trip to the US may participate. Students must be in grades 9-12 and must be an ITS member. Fluent English and audition are required for acceptance.
Registration Deadline: 2015/3/10
Audition Date: 2015/3/15

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