Thousands of High School Theatre Students are coming to Columbus to Showcase their Talents and Learn from the Pros at the Georgia Thespian Conference, February 9-11, 2023

Jan 24, 2023


25 January 2023


Thousands of High School Theatre Students are coming to Columbus to Showcase their Talents and Learn from the Pros at the Georgia Thespian Conference, February 9-11, 2023


Columbus, GA—The Georgia Thespians return to Columbus for their 14th state conference in The Fountain City. For three days in February, downtown Columbus will host more than 5000 theatre teachers and their aspiring actors, singers, dancers, playwrights, designers, and stage technicians at the 2023 Georgia Thespian Conference. The massive event on February 9, 10 and 11 will include educational and competitive opportunities for Georgia’s top high school theatre arts students.


More than 100 theatre professionals and educators from across the country will join these students, leading workshops in all aspects of show business. While at the conference, hundreds of students will audition for admission to more than 25 of the country’s most renowned university and conservatory theatre programs. Many students will vie for more than $25,000 in Georgia Thespian Scholarships.


The Thespians are returning this year to perform and work in the remarkable theatre spaces and facilities of uptown Columbus. The massive conference is made possible through a remarkable partnership among Georgia Thespians, Columbus State University (CSU), VisitColumbusGA, Uptown Columbus Inc., and the great performing arts venues and meeting facilities in Uptown. Some 200 CSU theatre students will provide essential volunteer support for the numerous events and activities that take place on the university’s Uptown Campus. Stages at the elegant RiverCenter, the historic Springer Opera House, and CSU will showcase dozens of selected school productions of musicals and plays. Rooms at the Columbus Trade Center, CSU, the Springer, and the downtown Marriott will host workshops and exhibits, providing unparalleled educational opportunities for aspiring performers, designers, and technicians. Columbus’s First Presbyterian Church will host the Thespians’ Individual Events competitions in which theatre students present solo and small-group performances before panels of judges. The Georgia Thespian’s Film Festival will showcase award-winning student films, and more academically minded artists will compete in the Thespian Quiz Bowl, demonstrating the scope of their knowledge on theatre history, customs, and technology.


The Thespian Conference will open on February 9th with a performance from the All-State Theatre Cast, dozens of selected performers from across Georgia who will perform a themed revue of musical-theatre numbers. The conference concludes on Saturday, February 11th, with an evening showcase of performances from students who have earned special recognition during the conference for their superior talents and with an encore from the All-State Theatre Cast.



About Georgia Thespians

Georgia Thespians is one of the largest state chapters of the International Thespian Society, the 94-year-old honor society for high school theatre. Students are invited to membership in the Thespian Society in recognition of exceptional and extensive commitment to the performing arts in their schools and communities. The International Thespian Society is part of the Educational Theatre Association, the nation’s leading association of theatre educators.



Contact info for additional information and scheduling interviews and on-site coverage:

Paul Hampton, GA Thespians State Director—  

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