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General Information

The International Thespian Excellence Awards or “THESPYs” (formally known as IEs or Individual Events) are intended to be a non-competitive, educational offering for students. Students have the opportunity to receive constructive feedback from professional judges on their prepared theatrical material and technical designs. The goal for participating students is to find their strengths and weaknesses and to grow as theatre artists. Participating in the THESPYs is optional and open to all ITS Thespian delegates affiliated with a school attending the Festival.

  • Students are allowed to compete in a maximum of 2 events 

  • Schools with 1-40 student registrants may enter up to 2 submissions per event

  • Schools with 41+ registrants may enter up to 3 submissions per event


To ensure high quality and solid preparation, we encourage directors to hold troupe auditions before submitting their THESPY events. Please make sure the content of all events is suitable for all high school audiences and is a good fit for your student(s).



  • Solo Musical Theatre

  • Duet Musical Theatre

  • Group Musical Theatre

  • Monologue

  • Duet Acting

  • Group Acting


  • Costume Design

  • Costume Construction

  • Theatre Marketing

  • Short Film

  • Scenic Design

  • Lighting Design

  • Sound Design

  • Makeup Design

  • Stage Management

Michigan ONLY

  • Playwriting

  • Solo Dance

  • Group Dance