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Main Stage

The International Thespian Festival’s main stage is the only place you can watch a new outstanding high school theatre production from around the globe every day, all in one location!

In a high school production of The Color Purple, male performers surround a female performer while holding chairs menacingly above their heads.
The Color Purple | Alexandria Senior High School | Troupe 731 | Alexandria, LA

ITF’s main stage program honors students, teachers, and Thespian troupes by showcasing their amazing work in theatrical production on the largest of stages – in front of thousands of fellow Thespians and theatre educators at the annual event on the campus of Indiana University. There's nothing like the rush of presenting or watching a show at ITF!

Interested in Bringing Your Show to ITF?

During the academic year prior to ITF, Thespian troupes may have one of their live, full-length productions (a play or a musical) adjudicated for constructive feedback and the chance to be invited to perform on the main stage at ITF. Adjudications are completed digitally, and a select number of outstanding troupes will be invited to perform on the ITF 2024 main stage.

How to Apply

Troupes interested in being considered for the ITF main stage must complete a Main Stage Adjudication Application Form and submit a $249 (USD) fee no later than 8 p.m. (Eastern) / 5 p.m. (Pacific) on October 4, 2023.

Forms should be completed online by the director of the production in collaboration with the Thespian troupe director (if they are not the same individual).

ITF Main Stage Application Feedback-Only Application

Adjudication materials are due within one week of opening night or by 8 p.m. (Eastern) / 5 p.m. (Pacific) on December 1, 2023, whichever comes first.

Production Adjudication Openings

The Production Adjudication Committee is looking for volunteers interested in becoming a part of the team who adjudicates potential main stage productions. Interested volunteers should have previously attended the International Thespian Festival to be familiar with the main stage offerings and will be asked to complete a one-hour training online as an orientation to their roles. Interested persons should contact the Production Adjudication Committee chair, Mark Zortman.

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