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Frequently Asked Questions

 

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General Information

ITF 2025 will take place June 22 - 27, 2025 at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.  Beginning in 2025, the Theatre Education Conference will take place concurrent with ITF, June 22-24, also in Bloomington. 

ITF 2026 will take place June 21 - 26, 2026 at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.  The 2026 Theatre Education Conference will take place concurrent with ITF.


All International Thespian Society (ITS) Troupes are invited to participate. Future Thespians (students not yet inducted into ITS) are also invited to attend. Theatre education partners (industry and college representatives) are also encouraged to attend. Please contact the ITF office for more information.Youth participants must be in sixth to 12th grade at the time of registration (February 2025). Adult leaders accompanying youth to ITF must be at least 21 years old at the time of ITF.


Registration opens on February 5, 2025. Participants register with their troupes, with one adult serving as the primary adult leader. The primary adult leader is the organizer for the group, receiving communications from ITF about housing, payments and any other relevant information.


Students who wish to attend ITF who are not affiliated with a troupe or whose troupe is not attending must be accompanied by a primary adult leader.  Primary adult leaders must first register themselves, then register the student(s) they will be chaperoning. Adult leaders must be aged 21+. 


Absolutely! If you are working toward your Thespian induction, participating in ITF is a great way to earn points. In general, you can earn one point per day attended. Troupe directors have discretion over the actual points awarded, so talk to your teacher about how to earn the maximum points possible from your participation. You may need to demonstrate which workshops you attended, for example, or new things that you learned as a result of attending. 
 
Download our handy points sheet for more ideas on how to earn Thespian induction. 


Please be mindful that ITF is designed for young people, not adults, and troupes should bring enough adult leaders for a successful experience. 

ITF requires a minimum 1:8 adult to student ratio when registering your troupe.

Troupes should select one adult to serve as their primary adult leader. This person coordinates registration, payments, transportation, rooming lists, and nightly attendance checks for the group. This individual will also serve as the contact person for all communication from ITF.

Depending on the size of your troupe, additional adults may need to register to meet the adult to student ratio requirement. Adult leaders must be at least 21 years of age at the time of registration.

Adult leaders are expected to supervise and discipline minors attending with their group. Adult leaders are responsible for ensuring students attending with their group are in their rooms by curfew.

Adult leaders are required to complete background checks as part of their registration.

For groups housing in dorms, adults will be assigned to single occupancy rooms.


No. Adult leaders are asked not to bring their infants, toddlers or young children to ITF. ITF is designed for youth in grades six through 12 and their adult leaders. While serving as an adult leader at ITF, your full attention should be given to the registered youth participants in your troupe.


Yes! We have a number of unique sponsorship and exhibit opportunities available. For more information, contact Angel Wuellner at awuellner@schooltheatre.org.


Housing, Meals, and Transportation

All Access Passes include on-campus housing and meals from Monday, June 23 through Friday, June 27.

Dining halls will be open on move-in and move-out dates, and meals can be purchased with a credit card.

Activities Only Passes do not include housing or meals. We encourage troupes to budget $70 per person, per day for meals and $175/night plus tax for hotel rooms.

Please note travel costs are not included in registration fee. 


No, chapters are not housed together. Troupes will be assigned housing based on how early they register, how many rooms they request and other factors.


The nearest airport to Indiana University is the Indianapolis International Airport (IND). The airport is 50 miles north of Bloomington and serviced by most major carriers.


Options include shuttle or rental car (bus and train services are not available). Attendees are responsible for booking their own transportation between the airport and campus. This is not included in registration fees.

Shuttle: GoExpress offers shuttle service between the Indianapolis International Airport and various stops in Bloomington for $25 per person each way. Reserve online to guarantee your seat.

Car Rental: The following car rental companies offer on-site pickup options at the Indianapolis International Airport Ground Transportation Center, located on the first floor of the Terminal Garage:

Company Phone
Alamo 800-327-9633
Avis 800-230-4898
Budget 800-527-0700
Dollar Car Rental 800-800-3665
Enterprise 800-736-8222
Hertz 800-654-3131
National 800-227-7368
Sixt Rent A Car 1-888-749-8227
Thrifty Car Rental 800-847-4389


GoExpress shuttles and routes are designed with accessibility in mind, and priority should be given to attendees with accessibility needs. Shuttle access is not guaranteed for all attendees. A schedule will be available in the app as we get closer to the event.

Adult leaders might be asked to provide transportation to and from an event. Therefore, it is highly encouraged and a best practice for two adults to be in a vehicle while transporting youth. If this is not possible and you cannot provide two adults for each vehicle, the minimum required is one adult and two or more minors. Staff and volunteers should use all safety precautions including only transporting the number of passengers the vehicle is recommended to carry. Minors must only ride in seats with safety belts.


Keep checking this page, as we will add more information about the event as details are confirmed. If you need help with a question not answered here, contact events@schooltheatre.org. Direct questions about the Thespy Awards to thespys@schooltheatre.org.

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