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Workshops are 90-minute, hands-on learning sessions focusing on acting techniques, auditions, colleges and careers, costuming, dance, directing, make up, movement, musical theatre, playwriting, and stage combat. Festival offers more than 100 workshops to pick from.


Master Classes
Master classes are for educators to explore topics in greater depth. They last three hours.

Teaching a workshop or master class
To submit a workshop for consideration, please complete and submit one of the proposals below:

  1. Guest artists, full-time Festival workshop presenters
  2. Exhibitors, college representatives, and troupe directors presenting one to two workshops during Festival

All necessary documents can be found in the Thespian Festival library.

Professional Development Program (PD)
The Educational Theatre Association’s Professional Development (PD) consists of one- or two-day interactive, hands-on opportunities for theatre educators to develop their arsenal of professional skills on a specific topic. PDs are in-depth crash courses taught by experts and thought-leaders in the field of theatre education. Topics range from directing a musical to curriculum development to stage lighting. Participation in our PD seminars also allows attendees to advance a graduate degree or earn credit required for continuing education.

Confirmed PDIs for 2014 are posted on the Professional Development Intensives page.