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High School Theatre Festival

53rd Annual Invitational High School Theatre, Film and Creative Writing Festival, April 2022

The Department of Theatre, Film and Creative Writing invites you and your students to our annual Boise State University High School Department of Theatre, Film and Creative Writing Festival, April 2022 (dates to be announced).   

I am very pleased to invite you and your students to attend the Boise State 2022 High School Theatre Arts Festival, dates to be announced. More information regarding the content and topics of the workshops and presentations will be available as the festival planning continues.

The registration form link will be included soon on this site.  Registration dates are forthcoming. Registration fees can be paid by Check, Purchasing Card/Credit Card, or Purchase Order, either with a hard copy, digital copy or discussed over the phone with Margaret LeMay. Pre-payment is required for all registrations due to University policies. Please make certain to connect with Margaret LeMay in regards to registration payments

Please contact Margaret LeMay if you have any questions or comments about registration, workshops, or other topics. We hope that you and your students will be able to attend the festival. You can reach our Management Assistant, Margaret LeMay at 208-426-3957 or Or you may contact me directly at 208-426-1500 or

Richard Klautsch, Chair
Department of Theatre, Film and Creative Writing
Boise State University


Below are examples of the diverse workshops that have been offered in previous years.

  • Knot Tying – Demonstrating a variety of knots and discussing their uses within a theatre space.
  • Wacky World of Wombats – Students will learn about the different vocal variables and how to manipulate the voice to create a cartoon character (or any character)!
  • How Not to Kill Each Other – Handling Prop Weapons Responsibly – Students will learn how to safely and responsibly handle weapons on and off stage.
  • ZenSation – Preparing the body, mind and voice for performance.
  • Road Kill 101: An Introduction to wounds, bruises, and scars – An introduction to stage gore, you will get hands on experience, learning how to create wounds, scars and bruises.  Come join us for a horrific experience!
  • Warm-Up Games and Short-Form Improv – Students will learn the importance of warming up for a performance and honing their improvisational skills by thinking on their feet.
  • Out Damned Spot! –Stage Blood and How to Make it Go Away – Students will learn how to make stage blood, and more importantly, how to clean-up afterwards.
  • Princes and Paupers – This workshop will introduce students to the basic steps of learning a stage dialect. We will briefly cover both Standard British and Cockney dialect.
  • Mambo Madness – Learn Fosse-style musical theatre/jazz from the musical, Damn Yankees. It’s time to move and groove.
  • Stage Management – That weird unforeseen force that keeps theatre together but that no one understands or appreciates. Students will gain insight, helpful hints, and problem-solving strategies.
  • Sound Shaping – This workshop will use action words to help students increase physical/vocal expressiveness and add dynamic qualities to character and text. Participants should be prepared to MOVE!
  • Scene Work – Students will be taking a scene, working it through, examining different points of view and progressing it to final “versions”. Scene will be provided.
  • and more….