VA Thespian Update

VA Thespians Kudos & Happenings

February: Thank you for joining us!

We hope you enjoyed festival! We had a blast!!! We would love your feedback. If you missed our VTF Survey, here it is again. Your feedback will help us continue to improve festival for the years to come! It was quite the task to make VTF happen this year, but, through Omicron, Snow, the start of a new year in a pandemic, and scheduling changes, it happened! Thank you for coming and being a part of something amazing for our next generations of artists and students! Here is our virtual playbill as a reference as well.


We would also love to share out about your productions on our social media pages. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @vathespians so we can follow you back/keep track of your happenings. You may see your school or show featured soon. Please send 1 headshot/picture of your Thespians in action and 1 paragraph about your program to executivedirector@vathespian.org so we can brag about you next.

VTF 2022 Highlights

Student Scholarship Opportunity below! Due Feb 18th!

Supporting Up-and-Coming Playwrights & Authors

Smaller scale, smaller budget

As we continue to adapt and change in the pandemic, we thought we would highlight some local or up and coming playwrights and authors to work with this spring and in the future. This could be for a Blackbox student show, one act competition piece, or a small scale mainstage performance since we are still in ever-changing as well as uncertain times. These folks have personal connections with Virginia Thespians and are more than willing to work with you and support you during this time. Please read about their work below and maybe their piece is just what you need for the classroom. Happy reading! We are hoping that your seasons continue as safely and normally as possible this winter and spring.

Teacher Tool of the Month: Technical Theatre!

Need some quick lessons for technical theatre skills? Here is a great resource! They have lessons for lots of other theatre topics too for K-12 classrooms. Know of others, feel free to share with us so we can share with others next month. OR... consider joining us for even MORE resources this summer at our Virginia Thespian Director PD. More information coming soon...

HomeStories for Classrooms

Out of Eden Walk/ National Geographic

What are HomeStories?

Join this group to grow your classroom communities & connect with others similar or different from yourself.

See some interactive resources below:

-HomeStories survey (fill this out for us to better provide more resources and opportunities for you),

-Padlet (a place to share a video-based story of yourself and start to build our network), &

-Template Lesson Plan (to start this trend and initiative of storytelling in your classrooms. This resource belongs to National Geographic. You are receiving special permission to access it. Please do not share out on social media, just with fellow educators.)
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How to Find out More...?

Check our social media accounts for EdTA, our parent organization or for VA Thespians for recent reminders and updates. Get more resources, learn more about International Thespian Society, and more! The rest of this newsletter repeats from last month. It is here again for convenience and as a reminder. We hope to see you again next year at festival! Keep your eyes peeled for other upcoming opportunities in the meantime. :)

Need information to share about Thespians or VTF?

Here is a Google Slides PPT about Thespians to encourage students to join.


Here is a Festival Guide for students or new troupe directors.