Columbus, GA to Play Host to More than 4000 Students at the 2014 Georgia Thespian Conference

Jan 31, 2014


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Paul Hampton, Georgia Thespians State Director


More than 4000 High School Theatre Students are Coming to Columbus to Showcase Their Talents and Learn from the Pros at the Georgia Thespian Conference in February


Columbus, GA-—For three days in February, downtown Columbus will play host to more than 4000 aspiring actors, singers, dancers, playwrights, designers, and technical wizards at the 2014 Georgia Thespian Conference. The massive event will included educational and competitive opportunities for the state’s top high school theatre students. More than 75 theatre professionals and educators from across the country will join these students to lead workshops in all aspects of theatre. While at the conference, hundreds of students will audition for some of the country’s most renowned university and conservatory theatre programs. Stages at the River Center, Columbus State University, and the historic Springer Opera House will showcase dozens of invited school productions.

State Thespian Director Paul Hampton, says, “We are excited to hold our conference in Columbus for the sixth straight year to perform and work in such beautiful theatre spaces. We are especially thrilled to return to the Springer Opera House and share its illustrious history with our students. Columbus has become our home, and we appreciate all of the support and kind hospitality extended to us by the citizens and city officials. Our conference is the second largest Thespian conference in the nation, illustrating the strength and support of our state’s arts program. Our theatre teachers are doing some wonderful work with their students, and we get to share that with them during our time in Columbus.” Hampton points out that this year’s conference will feature the all-state production of the Broadway hit musical In the Heights. “We are thrilled to be presenting this dazzling production that celebrates both the diversity of our nation and the talents of our Georgia students,” adds Hampton.

This year’s conference participants, their families, and the media can follow the weekend’s events with news and announcement postings on Instagram and Twitter (@gathespians). They can also friend Georgia Thespians on Facebook.

The Thespian Conference begins on Thursday, February 6 and concludes on Saturday evening, February 8.

About Georgia Thespians
Georgia Thespians is one of the largest state chapters of the International Thespian Society, the 85-year-old honor society for high school theatre. Students are invited to membership in the society in recognition of exceptional and extensive commitment to the performing arts in their schools and communities. Being inducted into the Thespian Society is the highest honor a high school theatre student can receive.