Thespy's are currently taking place in 5 different regions of BC and also in Ontario. Eventually these will be taking place across most areas of Canada. If your region does not currently have a Thespy Qualifier you can submit taped performances and enter the Canadian National Thespian Festival (CNTF) April 1st 2023 to be adjudiated and hopefully qualify for the International Thespian Festival (ITF) Late June 2023.
In the Thespy program students are not competing against each other - instead they are striving for excellence based on a rubric. Students get adjudicated by two qualified theatre professionals and the scores are averaged. The goal is to not only award excellence but to educate and help all students grow. We try to protect the students and make sure that they have fun experiencing as much live theatre as possible. Each regional event is only 1 day long and it consists of an opening ceremony, a closing ceremony, thespy sessions and potentially some workshops throughout the day. Each regional event will develop a slightly different culture and feel. Below are the consistent Thespy rules that will be followed in all regions and at all levels (regional, provincial & international).
STUDENTS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY OF THE EVENTS BELOW: International Thespian Excellence Awards (Thespys) --- Student may compete in up to 3 events
Performance - See Thespys Program Guide for specific requirements.
Acting - Contrasting Monologues
Acting - Duo Scene
Acting - Group Scene
Musical Theatre - Solo
Musical Theatre - Duet
Musical Theatre - Group
Musical Theatre Dance - Solo, Duet or Group Categories
If a student can receive an averaged Superior or Outstanding score on their Thespy - they will qualify for the next level and win a regional ribbon.
Students who score an average of Superior on the adjudicated rubric assessments will receive Blue Ribbons and students who score an average of Outstanding on the adjudicated rubric assessments will receive Yellow Ribbons.
Please note the guidelines also include film events that we will not be holding for the 2022/23 Festivals but are hoping to do so in the future.
Please note that no additional forms need to be completed for performance rights. All required Thespy performance information will be submitted with your online registration and verified by our registration team.