International Thespian Festival – Nebraska



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The annual Thespian Festival at the University of Nebraska in June showcases high school performances on four stages, a wealth of learning opportunities for students and educators in workshops and master classes, a student leadership program, auditions for college admission and Thespian scholarships, the Thespian Playworks student playwriting program, and much more.

College Auditions

Each year the HSPVA Theatre Department sponsors a trip for rising seniors to attend the Festival and participate in college auditions.  HSPVA seniors routinely receive mutliple callbacks and acceptances as a result of these auditions. The Theatre Guild supports this trip by contributing to travel expenses for faculty and students.

Forty to fifty colleges and universities from all over the United States participate in the Festival’s audition program. Auditions, interviews, and callbacks happen throughout the week of the Festival. Pre-registration is required to audition, and college representatives also meet informally with students in the Festival exhibit area.

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The colleges that participated in the Nebraska auditions in 2016 included:

AMDA College & Conservatory of the Performing Arts
The American Academy of Dramatic Arts
CAP21, Musical Theatre Conservatory NYC
University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music
Columbia College Chicago
The Theatre School at DePaul University
Drake University
University of Evansville
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Hastings College
University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance
Illinois Wesleyan University
KD Conservatory – College of Film and Dramatic Arts
Lindenwood University
Louisiana State University
Loyola University New Orleans
Marquette University
Miami University
Midland University Department of Theatre
University of Minnesota/Guthrie BFA
Missouri Valley College
Montclair State University
National Theater Institute
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Johnny Carson School of Theatre & Film
Nebraska Wesleyan University Theatre Arts Department
The New School
New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts
New York Film Academy
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
University of Northern Colorado
University of Oklahoma Helmerich School of Drama
Otterbein University
Relativity School
Rockford University
Saint Louis University
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Santa Fe University of Art and Design – Performing Arts Department
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)
University of South Dakota, Theatre Department
Southern Methodist University
Texas Christian University
Utah State University, Caine College of the Arts
Viterbo University Theatre and Musical Theatre
Wake Forest University Theatre & Dance
Webster University
William Jewell College
William Woods University