Revised August 2021
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There is nothing like the thrill of performing for thousands of fellow Thespians, and the 2022 International Thespian Festival main stage is where your troupe can do just that!
During the 2021-2022 academic year, Thespian troupes may have one of their 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 the International Thespian Festival. Adjudications will be done virtually, and up to eight high-scoring troupes will be selected to bring their full productions to the campus of Indiana University to share with the world.
NEW! Troupes interested in only receiving feedback for educational purposes may opt out of the consideration for the ITF main stage. Simply indicate so by checking the “feedback only” box on the application form. The adjudication fee still applies.
NOTE: To give as many schools as possible the chance to perform at ITF, troupes selected to perform on the main stage are not eligible to perform in the Chapter Select Showcase.
Due to the ongoing complications from the COVID-19 pandemic, two previous policies will not apply for the 2021-2022 school year:
A $249 (USD) non-refundable adjudication fee is required per submission. Each troupe may only submit one production to be adjudicated per academic year. Deadline for application submission for main stage was November 1, 2021. Invoices will be sent after the application deadline and must be paid in full by December 31, 2021.
Refunds will not be issued for adjudication fees. (Exceptions may be made should the production be canceled or rescheduled due to complications from COVID-19.)
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|November 1, 2021||Applications due|
|October 21, 2021||Troupes invoiced adjudication fee|
|December 31, 2021||Adjudication fee due|
|January 8, 2022||Fall productions notified|
|January 10, 2022||Fall productions announced; Registration opens|
|March 1, 2022||Final video submissions due*|
|March 15, 2022||Feedback given to directors (if not before); invitations sent to remaining selected troupes|
|April 1, 2022||Final main stage lineup announced|
|May 11, 2022||Deadline for troupes to register for ITF 2022.|
* Directors must submit a video for adjudication within two weeks of the final performance date of their production, or by March 1, 2022 – whichever comes first. If your production will occur after March 1, contact firstname.lastname@example.org prior to November 1 to determine if an extension is possible. No refunds will be given for late video submissions.
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LIVE PRODUCTION — Defined as an onstage, in-person play or musical, the video submission for a live production should be of one continuous performance. Multi-camera format is acceptable (for close-ups and wide angles) so long as all the shots are of the same continuous performance with no post-production video editing to enhance any aspect of the live production. Any video editing will result in a disqualification for consideration for the in-person main stage at ITF 2022.
HYBRID/VIDEO-ENHANCED PRODUCTION — Defined as a production in which scenes are edited together using prerecorded student performance videos and/or video enhancements, such as animations, b-roll, etc., into a final creative product that combines elements of theatre and film. This category includes prerecorded virtual performances, online performances, and digital performances with video special effects or enhancements with appropriate licensing rights.
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For the 2021-2022 school year, all productions will be adjudicated virtually. Adjudications will occur as video submissions are received. An EdTA staff member will assign adjudicators to screen production based on availability.
A panel of three adjudicators will evaluate assigned productions based on the main stage adjudication rubrics for musicals and/or plays, respectively, depending on the genre of the production. The full rubric, an overall score, and written feedback from the adjudicators will be shared with each director via OpenWater once the adjudication is complete.
Adjudicators are required to disclose any conflicts of interest prior to screening a production. Adjudicators will not be assigned to screen a production should any of the following conflicts of interest arise:
Education is a central part of the screening process. Adjudicators will use an evaluation form designed to provide ample feedback to directors and students involved with the production.
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The rubrics used during adjudication are fully digital, but these printable recreations have been provided so that teachers/directors and students can be aware of what they will be scored on.Musical Rubric (PDF)
Up to eight live productions will be selected for the in-person ITF 2022 main stage lineup. Up to six hybrid/video-enhanced productions will be selected for the ITF 2022 hybrid experience. The final lineup will depend on the number and types of productions submitted.Productions will be selected for the ITF main stage based on the following factors:
The production presented at ITF – whether in-person or online – must be substantially the same production presented for adjudication.
To submit and present a production at ITF, directors must:
If Selected for ITF:
|Proscenium (max. opening)||54 feet 8 inches wide x 24 feet 9 inches high (to permanent soft valance)|
|Stage Depth||41 feet 11 inches (lip of stage to rear wall columns)|
|37 feet 2 inches (fire curtain line to rear wall columns)|
|36 feet 0 inches (fire curtain line to farthest upstage fly line)|
|4 feet 9 inches (lip of stage to fire curtain line)|
|Note: Stage floor will not be Marley-covered unless brought as part of production design|
|Stage Height||70 feet (stage floor to grid)|
|62 feet 6 inches (high trim for house battens)|
|Wing Space||Stage Left: 20 feet (proscenium to offstage wall)|
|Stage Right: 25 feet (proscenium to fly rail)|
|Overall Width||97 feet 9 inches (stage left wall to stage right fly rail)|
|Size of Orchestra Pit/Lift||50 feet 4 inches wide (side to side at apron)|
|13 feet (upstage/downstage at center line)|
|6 feet 6 inches (upstage/downstage at offstage ends)|
|Fly Line Sets||Counterweight system/single purchase|
|18,000 pounds of counterweight available|
|5 lines per set / 70-foot house pipes|
|High trim of house pipes +62 feet 6 inches from deck/stage floor|
|Upright loft blocks provided for spot lines as needed|
|5/8 inch diameter, 3-strand twisted lay polyester blend ropes installed for spot lines|
|Pin rail located stage right, mid-level gallery at +32 feet 9 inches from deck/stage floor|
|House battens are 2-inch schedule 40 pipe or 12-inch aluminum ladder truss|
|48 total lines (including electrics);
21 available for use by main stage productions
Main drape, teasers, legs, cyclorama + black traveler for masking the cyc are provided, along with electrics and sound monitors
|Rear Stage||Approx. 1,600 square feet|
|13 feet 10 inches to lowest obstruction|
|Primary clear span area 30 feet x 30 feet|
|Road Mix (Sound)||10 feet x 22 feet 6 inches|
|Located 15 feet 3 inches to 37 feet 9 inches house right of the house center line|
|117 feet from fire curtain line to near edge of mix position|
|Lighting/Projectors||149 feet from lighting control booth windows to fire curtain line|
|175 feet from spot booth window to fire curtain line|
|93 feet from camera/projector position to fire curtain line|
|118 feet from balcony edge projector position to fire curtain line|
|With advanced approval, additional setup and prep time may be allowed in the Auditorium’s scene shop. Printed programs are no longer allowed. Watch IU Auditorium tour video.|
|Musical Arts Center (MAC)|
|Proscenium (maximum opening)||54 feet 8 inches wide x 24 feet 9 inches high|
|Stage Depth||64 feet 1 inch (lip of stage to rear sound door)|
|57 feet 6 inches (plaster line to rear sound door)|
|55 feet 2.5 inches (plaster line to farthest upstage fly line)|
|Apron: 6 feet 7 inches (lip of stage to plaster line)|
|Stage Height||110 feet (stage floor to grid)|
|102 feet 6 inches (high trim for house battens)|
|Wing Space||Stage Left and Stage Right: 17 feet 6 inches (proscenium to sound door wall)|
|Overall Width||89 feet 8 inches (stage left wall to stage right sound door wall)|
|Size of the Orchestra Pit/Lifts||59 feet wide (side to side at center)|
|17 feet (upstage/downstage at center line)|
|11 feet 6 inches (upstage/downstage at offstage ends)|
|Fly Line Sets||Counterweight system/double purchase|
|25,000 pounds of counterweight available|
|6 lines per set / 70-foot house pipes|
|High trim of house pipes +102 feet 6 inches from deck/stage floor|
|Spot lines available from pin rail stage right and left at 44 feet 10 inches from center line|
|10 total spot lines provided|
|Pin rail located stage left, mid-level gallery at +48 feet 2 inches from deck/stage floor|
|House battens are 2-inch schedule 40 pipe|
|54 total lines (including electrics)
14 available for use by main stage productions
Main drape, teasers, legs, cyclorama + black traveler for masking the cyc are provided, along with electrics and sound monitors.
|Rear Stage||Approx. 4,414 square feet|
|27 feet 6 inches to lowest obstruction|
|Primary clear span area: 54 feet x 80 feet|
|Road Mix (Sound)||Located at the back of house right|
|Lighting/Projectors||90 feet from lighting control booth windows to plaster line|
|98 feet from spot booth to plaster line|
|98 feet from projector position to fire curtain line|
|Watch MAC tour video.|
To support our teachers and provide a safe performance experience, EdTA and ITF have partnered with the United State Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) to provide stage safety resources and educational materials. The following standards must be reviewed and adhered to by any program performing on a main stage at ITF:
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