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Important Dates & Deadlines

Dates are subject to change, so please check this page regularly for updates


  • Volunteer to be a Production Respondent (shows viewed August 15 - November 13, 2023)

May 25, 2023

  • May posting - check the website for new information
  • Workshop application opens
  • Production application opens
August 15, 2023
  • August Posting – Check the website for new information
  • School Registration Opens
  • Exhibitor Registration Opens
  • First day to respond to Full-Length & Showcase Productions
  • College Auditions Information Posted: Your school must complete the school registration process to receive the link  for students to submit for an audition.

September 15, 2023

  • DUE: Production Online Application - In order to be considered to bring your production to Festival, all fees and forms related to the production application must be turned in by this date. This is the last day to request a refund for a Production.

October 6, 2023

October 13, 2023

  • DUE: School Registration - ONLY for schools submitting shows for consideration)

October 20, 2023

  • DUE: Exhibitor Registration
  • DUE: Workshop Application

October 27, 2023

  • DUE: School Registration - If you submit the school registration form by October 27th, that does not mean you are accepted to Festival. The order in which all required materials are received is the order each school is ranked and accepted until capacity is reached. We normally fill to capacity several days if not a week prior to the deadline. The form will remain open as we do have a wait list. On November 27th, we will accept schools off the wait list until final capacity is reached.
November 1, 2023
  • Last day to request a refund for School and Exhibit Registration – no refunds will be provided after this date

November 3, 2023

  • DUE: Administrative Support Award Nominations Form
  • DUE: Ad’s for Festival program

November 13, 2023
  • DUE: College Audition Application, Resume Form, Payment
  • Last day to respond to productions. 
  • Last day to request a refund for an Audition Application – no refunds will be provided after this date.

November 15, 2023

  • DUE: Director Response FormONLY for schools submitting a production for consideration

November 18, 2023

  • Directors of submitted shows must be available by phone (1:00–5:00 pm)

December 3, 2023

  • Technical meeting for selected productions at Illinois State University (10:00 AM – 2:00 PM)

December 8, 2023

  • DUE: Digital slide show submissions
  • DUE: Pre-registered workshops sign-ups (if any)

December 15, 2023

  • Post preliminary Festival schedule

January 11-13, 2024

  • Illinois High School Theatre Festival at Illinois State University

Event is Made Possible By:

Illinois High School Theatre Festival

General Questions:

IHSTF 2023 Executive Director

Ryan Lambert:

All-State Questions Only:

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