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Main Stage

The ITF main stage is the only place you can watch the very best high school theatre productions from around the globe all in one location!

The high school cast of a production of the musical Kinky Boots poses at the end of the finale, all wearing thigh-high high-heeled boots.
Kinky Boots | Lincoln Southwest High School | Troupe 6547 | Lincoln, NE | Director: Bob Henrichs

The International Thespian Festival's main stage program honors students, teachers, and school theatre programs by showcasing their superior 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!

A young black male actors stand onstage in a trench coat holding a briefcase, pointing to the right while singing.
Jerrick Smith | Groundhog Day: The Musical | Bradford High School | Troupe 4982 | Kenosha, WI | Director: Holly Stanfield

During the academic year, 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 done virtually, and up to eight (8) high-scoring troupes will be selected to bring their full, live productions to the campus of Indiana University to share with the world. Additionally, each selected troupe's submission video will be made available to online attendees via the ITF 2023 Virtual Experience (additional approvals required). Troupes may also apply to be adjudicated for educational feedback only.

Interested in Bringing Your Show to ITF?

The application period for 2022-23 main stage adjudications ended October 15, 2022. No further applications are being accepted. Thank you to all schools who applied. Performances will be adjudicated on a rolling basis through February 15, 2023, after which time scores will be tabulated and invitations to perform on the ITF 2023 main stage will be sent. Read more about the main stage selection process in the 2023 Main Stage Guide, below.


Other Helpful Forms
No video license? Download the Main Stage Adjudication Permission Form and submit it to your licensing agency to obtain permission to film a performance specifically for ITF main stage adjudication. Submit to EdTA with a copy of your licensing agreement at least two (2) weeks before your scheduled performance dates.

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