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Teacher/Sponsor Checklist

Teacher / Sponsor Checklist - PDF
Download the attached PDF file which contains all information and links below.

By September 15, 2023:
  • Submit your Full-Length or Showcase Production Application
  • If participating in the Full-Length and Showcase selection process, mark your calendar to:
    • Submit school registration, Medical/Media Release Forms, and payment by October 13, 2023.
    • Though it is best practice, all participants in the production under consideration do not have to be registered by this time. Cast and crew members may be added if the production is chosen for Festival. See submission application for more information.
    • Be available Saturday, November 18, 2023 between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm, to receive a call from the Festival Play Selection Committee regarding your Full-Length or Showcase entry.
    • Attend the Production Director and Technical Director meeting at Illinois State University on December 3, 2023.

By October 20, 2023:

By October 27, 2023:

  • Complete and submit school registration online (Registration is often full before the deadline!)
    • You will need to enter the names of all sponsors and students when submitting your school registration.
    • When completing your school registration you will have the option to purchase meal tickets. These tickets must be purchased in advance. The $19.70 ticket provides each participant with lunch for both Friday & Saturday. Please see the meals section on the Festival website for more information.
  • Submit Principal Acknowledgement Form
  • Submit Medical/Media Release Forms for all participants (students & sponsors). All names on your medical/media release forms must match the names you provided when submitting the online school registration form.
  • Submit payment (one single check or purchase order)

By November 1, 2023:

  • Last Day to Request a Refund less a $13.00 per person processing fee.

By November 3, 2023:

  • Nominate your administrator for the Administrator Support Award.

By November 13, 2023:

  • Complete the College Audition Process.  Once we hit capacity, the link will close.  The college auditions application will be sent to the sponsor via email after the school has completed their school registration process.
  • Submit the online College Auditions Application & Payment (credit card only within the form)
  • Submit the online Audition Resume Form and/or the Technical Interview Resume Form.  If you submit the resume form you are not considered registered.  We will only accept your resume submission if you have submitted the online Auditions Application.
By December 11, 2023:
  • Send photos to for use in the slide show (allowed formats: .jpg, .bmp, .gif, .tiff).
  • Pre-register for the Tech Olympics. (available mid-September)

By December 18, 2023:

  • Check the website for the preliminary Festival Schedule
  • Check the website for the College/University Audition Times
  • Check your email for the December School Info Flyer (provides final and new information before you arrive at Festival)

Quick Links

Event is Made Possible By:

Illinois High School Theatre Festival

General Questions:

IHSTF 2024 Executive Director

Hector Hernandez

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