Washington State Jr. Thespians Festival 2019

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Capital High School, Olympia, WA



Washington State Thespians is thrilled to announce our state’s sixth annual Thespian Festival for students in grades six through nine.  This year's theme is YOU WILL BE FOUND.

The Washington State Junior Thespian Festival is a full day packed with Individual Events (IEs) and a generous variety of theatre workshops taught by professional theatre artists and educators. Participating in IEs offers students opportunities to share their work (monologues, songs, duets, and scenes) with their peers from programs across the state and receive advice and feedback from professional adjudicators. You will find inspiration in our theatre skills workshops that nurture artistic growth and development in both actors and budding theatre technicians. Our educators’ workshops (including Thespians 101!) offer teachers advice, learning plans, and a window into bringing theatre into the classroom. Most of all, Junior Thespians gives students and teachers opportunities to make new friends and share in developing performance and technical theatre skills all while sharing their love of theatre during this full day of presenting and learning.


Who may participate?

Any Washington State Middle School student, Junior High School student, or K-8 student currently in grades 6 – 8 or K-12 student currently in grades 6 - 9.  Sixth graders in traditional K-6 elementary schools may participate as well.  Ninth Graders in traditional 9-12 high schools should participate in the WA State Thespians Festival for High School students.

All teachers, especially teachers looking for professional development opportunities in arts instruction.

Can parents and other guests observe?

Parents and family members may pay $5.00 per person at the registration desk on the day of the event.


  • Saturday, January 19, 2019, at Capital High School, Olympia, WA
  • Check-in begins at 8:45 AM.
  • We will gather for our Opening Ceremony at 9:10 AM
  • IE’s will be presented and adjudicated from 9:30 AM until 10:30 AM.  
  • Session schedules and event room information will be available at check-in.
  • The Festival will conclude between 4:00 and 4:30 PM.


Opening Ceremony: 9:10 AM

I.E. Session I:  9:30 AM- 10:30 AM

Workshop Session I: 10:35 AM – 11: 35 AM

Lunch:  11:40 AM – 12:20 PM

Workshops Session 2:  12:25 - 1:25 PM

Workshops Session 3:  1:30 – 2:30 PM

I.E. Session II:  2:35 PM  – 3:35 PM

Group Musical Theatre (ALL):  3:35 – 4:00 PM

Closing Ceremony: 4:00 – 4:30 PM


Registration is online at www.washingtonthespians.org; click the events button. The registration deadline is Friday, December 21st, at 11:59pm. A late registration fee is $100 will be assessed after that date, and there will be no refunds once registration is posted. The per-person entry fee is $25 with membership of a Thespian Troupe and $35 for students who are not yet members of a Thespian Troupe. One teacher/sponsor may attend for free with each group. Payment may be made either online through PayPal or with either a PO or check (pre-mailed or brought in person.)

What do I need to know at the time of registration?

Names of the student(s) registering, the Individual Event(s) each student will participate in, and all of the names of students involved in any group event.

What about lunch at the Festival?

Students should bring their own sack lunches & water bottles to this event.

What do I need to have on the day of the Festival?

When you check in on the morning of the Festival, please have each student’s signed and completed emergency/media release form. These forms will be emailed to you after registration close.

 2018/19 Consent & Acceptance Form 

Who do I contact for more information?

Contact Julie Olsen, the WA State Jr. Thespians Festival Director at jolsen@asbschool.org.


  • $25 for Thespians; $35 for non-Thespians. Includes IE, Workshops, and performances.
  • $5 per parent day of festival.
  • 1 free admission for the teacher


The last step in your registration process for any event is to print and submit your invoice to your fiscal secretary.  

This is very important!  You, as the teacher are responsible to give your invoice to your school.  Thespians does not mail invoices or contact your accounting department.  

Payment or PO # is due at the registration (beginning) of each event.  Schools with outstanding payments after June 31st will not be allowed to attend the following year’s events. 

Contact Beth Orme at baormeseattleschools.org with questions.