Triad Students Among Finalists in National Screenwriting Competition International Thespian Festival
CINCINNATI (April 25, 2019)–Four high school students are finalists in the Thespian Filmworks program for student screenwriters. As a finalist, a student gets to attend the International Thespian Festival (ITF) to collaborate in the development of an original film.
The 2019 Thespian Filmworks finalists are:
Savannah Horner, Thespian Troupe 7993, Grimsley High School, Greensboro, N.C.
Evelyn Granados, Thespian Troupe 7093, Western Guilford High School, Greensboro, N.C.
Gabriel DeGraeve, Thespian Troupe 1, Natrona County High School, Casper, Wyo.
Kea Kamiya, Thespian Troupe 7937, State College of Florida Collegiate School, Bradenton, Fla.
Thespian Filmworks is one of four programs in a suite called Next Generation Works designed to encourage and promote original works by and for high school student members of the International Thespian Society (ITS). The programs also include Thespian Playworks, Thespian Musicalworks, and Thespian Criticworks.
ITS, which was established in 1929 and has 2.3 million members, is the honor society for middle and high school drama students; a Thespian is a student who has earned induction into the honor society. ITS is a program of the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA).
ITF is produced by EdTA to celebrate student achievement in the performing arts. The 56th event, which this year takes place June 24-29 at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, brings together more than 4,000 high school drama students and their teachers for a weeklong immersion in workshops; interaction with colleges, industry leaders, and Broadway professionals; and opportunities to be inspired by the best high school theatre in the nation.
At ITF, finalists will experience the environment of working on and off a set through “run and gun” filmmaking with professional filmmakers helping to create and present the films with student actors.
Thespian Playworks is sponsored by Concord Theatricals, Thespian Musicalworks is sponsored by TRW, and Thespian Filmworks is sponsored by New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts.
About the Educational Theatre Association, home of the International Thespian Society
The Educational Theatre Association is an international association with more than 135,000 active members. EdTA’s mission is shaping lives through theatre education: honoring student achievement in theatre; supporting teachers by providing professional development, resources, and recognition; and influencing public opinion that theatre education is essential and builds life skills. EdTA is the home of the International Thespian Society, an honorary organization established at nearly 5,000 schools, that has inducted more than 2.3 million theatre students since its founding in 1929. EdTA also produces the International Thespian Festival and publishes Dramatics magazine online for high school theatre students, and Teaching Theatre, a journal for theatre education professionals. The Educational Theatre Foundation is the philanthropic arm of EdTA.