​​​WV ThesFest ’21 will happen virtually on Saturdays, March 20 and 27, 2021. 

       March 20: Opening Ceremony, Outstanding One-Acts, Workshops

       March 27: Outstanding/Superior Performance Events and Tech Projects, Workshop, Closing Ceremony

Both days will include fun activities planned by the STOs. 

Registration will open on December 1, 2020 for schools that have paid the annual dues. The registration form is on the website. If you have not yet paid but want to participate and have problems getting dues paid due to school closures, please let me know!!

Registration will close on Friday, February 5, 2021 at midnight. T-shirts will be available for order after that date.

All submissions (One Acts, Performance Events, Tech Projects, Scholarships) AND payments for festival will be due by Friday, February 26, 2021. Ordering of T-shirts will close, as well. 

Playwriting submissions are due to ArtsLink by midnight Friday, February 19, 2021 by email.

To donate to the Kelsey Hayward Memorial Scholarship, send checks to: WV Thespians,

182 Maddex Farm Drive, Shepherdstown, WV 25443.



 The Educational Theatre Association and its International Thespian Society branch have been working since 1929 to honor excellence among students of theatre and support the work of theatre educators. Originally focused on theatre in high schools, EdTA has in recent years broadened the scope of its mission to embrace the concept of theatre as an instrument of lifelong learning and has expanded its membership to include students and teachers in middle schools, and college students preparing for careers in theatre education.

 EdTA’s  major branches  and activities:                

 The Educational Theatre Association:The professional association for theatre educators, with more than 4,000 members in the United States, Canada, and overseas, is the premier high school theatre association of its kind.

 The International Thespian Society:The honorary society for high school theatre students has troupes in more than 3,400 North American, Canadian, and Pacific schools and has inducted more than two million members since its founding in 1929.

 Junior Thespians:The middle school branch of the Thespian Society.

 The Educational Theatre Foundation: The philanthropic arm of the Educational Theatre Association provides financial support to enhance excellence in theatre education and to expand access to K-12 school theatre programs for every child.