Frequently Asked Questions

Who attends the Conference? Do you have to be a Thespian to attend the conference?
Over 3,600 of Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico’s most dedicated high school theatre students in grades 9 to 12th grade attend the high school conference. And over 600 middle school students attend our one day Junior Thespian Conference. The conference is open to all theatre students; the only event that is limited to Thespian members is the Senior University Auditions.
How do we register for the Conference?
The Colorado State Thespian Conference registration is online; your school will receive several postcard reminders for the conference and registration deadlines. Registering on-line enters the school into a legal and binding contract, simply click the registration button of this web site. Teachers can print any of the information off of this site, once they enter the registration process teachers can make changes to their account, add and delete students or events, up to the deadline of November 10th. Registration opens on September 1st and closes on November 10th. Please note this is your online record you can add students to your directory that may or may not attend a thespian event. You will need the following information from your students: Name, cell phone number, email address and their graduation year. Please note this is your confidential information, email addresses are used to send certificates and judging forms, cell phones are used for emergency and notification purposes.
Why should you attend?
Last year over 70 Colleges, Conservatories, and Universities dedicated to the service of the academic theatre community offered over one million dollars’ worth of scholarships to students in attendance. Besides the college auditioning experience, students have the opportunity to train with some of the country’s leading professionals in Acting, Directing, Play writing, and Technical Theatre. The conference also affords students the opportunity to watch professional theatrical productions and main stage presentations produced by area high schools, professional theatres, and university theatre programs.
How much does the conference cost?
The conference registration fee is $35 for middle school students and $110 for the high school students, sponsors and chaperones are $10. The registration fee covers the cost of admission to the conference and all of the student workshops and performances. The registration fee does not cover the cost of your hotel room or food. There are numerous area restaurants where troupes go to partake of their meals. If students sign-up for performing in the Colorado Individual Events (IE’S) there is a $20 fee per student for each individual event, limit of two performances allowed, this does not include Improv Frenzy or Tech Olympics. There is limited space available for IEs, as a result schools are encouraged to register early for these events. Registration opens on September 1st and closes on November 10th.
Where do we send our conference registration fees?
Colorado State Thespians, 2001 Lincoln Street, Suite #1611, Denver, CO 80202. Please send only one check per school, no personal checks accepted for registration. School or individuals can also charge their registration online or over the phone. Registration must be paid for in advance of attending the conference.
What is the conference deadline and how do you make changes to your registration after you have registered on-line?
The deadline for the conference is November 10th. You can register after the deadline but you will be charged a late registration fee of $25 per high school student and $15 per middle school student. Late registrants cannot participate in individual events or the Senior University Auditions. If you need to make changes to your on-line registration, you can log in to your account with your email login and your password, there is no charge to change or drop students, as long as those changes and drops are made prior to the November 10 deadline. If you desire to add students to your registration after the deadline of November 10 that can be done by contacting our office through email or fax, however, there are no replacement opportunities offered in the registration process after the deadline. Troupe directors please be advised, our insurance and that of your institution only covers participants that are registered for the conference.
Is there supervision at the conference and what is the charge for additional sponsors or chaperones?
Each school district should carry liability insurance for each participant in attendance. Schools attending are required to provide chaperones to supervise their participants. Colorado Thespians provides security in and around the Colorado Convention Center and the Hyatt Regency hotel. The Hyatt Regency hotel has two Denver police officers on duty in the evening hours of our event. Schools are strongly recommended to bring one sponsor or chaperone per twelve students attending the conference.
What time should our school arrive and depart from the Colorado Thespian Conference?
12-05-2013 Middle School Registration 8:00 a.m.
First Workshop Session 9:00 a.m.
12-05-2013 High School Registration 2:00 p.m.
First Workshop Session 3:00 p.m.
Hotel Check-in 3:00 p.m.
Opening Ceremonies 8:00 p.m.
12-07-2013 High School Closing Ceremonies End 3:30 p.m.
How does our school receive tax exempt status in the city of Denver?
Denver has a strict municipal code that requires hotels to prove tax exempt status. As a result hotels are shifting this responsibility to the schools. If your school desires to take advantage of their tax exempt status, they must register the proper paper work with their host hotel’s accounts payable, prior to arriving at the conference. Schools must also supply the hotel with a complete room list, prior to check-in. If you fail to follow this procedure you will be charged tax at check-out. Please be advised that teachers using their own personal credit card will not qualify for tax exempt status, even if your school district is reimbursing you for the expense. You should be prepared to bring a check from your district.
How many events can a troupe register for; Improv Frenzy, One Acts, Auditions, and IEs?
Students cannot participate in more than two Individual Events, to allow for plenty of opportunities for other students in attendance. We will do everything in our power to avoid conflicts with the Senior University Auditions. The Individual Events and University Scholarships are filled on a first-come-first-serve basis, we are limited by space, and time restraints, and adjudicators, sponsors are encouraged to register early for these events. Schools are limited to one Improv Frenzy group and/or One Act session (75 minutes), however, they may perform as many One Acts within the 75 minute time block as they desire. Cancellation of a One Act after the published deadline incurs a $250 room charge, unless we can fill the room with a replacement.
How do we register for the conference? How do we verify our registration?
Once teachers and/or troupe directors have entered students into their online directory, they can select students to participate in the conference with the registration tab in the online registration portal. Teachers and/or troupe directors will need a valid e-mail address to receive your conference confirmation. Please do not allow your students to register your school, as numerous problems have resulted from students attempting to proceed through the registration process.
How are schools or individuals selected for the showcase presentation on Saturday?
Participants are adjudicated by the guest adjudicators, which select the top performances in any given category for presentation to the whole contingency. Students selected must receive a accomplished recommendation from the judges. Students with adult language or offensive content in their IE may not be allowed to perform on the main stage. One Acts will not be included in the showcase due to time constraints.
Where do we send our Senior University Auditions?
Students should follow the link on the scholarship audition page and sign up with Acceptd.com. The Colorado Individual Events and University Scholarships are filled on a first-come-first-serve basis, we are limited by space, time restraints, and adjudicators, sponsor are encouraged to register early for these events.
Refund and Cancellation Policy
No refunds granted for registered Thespians and/or their affiliated schools after the registration is closed. Schools are responsible for the full amount of their conference registration after the submission of said registration. Payment for conference registration is expected and should be received prior to attendance at the conference. The cancellation period is within the registration period and schools should take advantage of the opportunity to cancel within that extended period of time and make appropriate changes to their registration.
Any student and/or school registered for the Colorado State Thespian Conference on/or after the posted registration date will be subject to any and all fees incurred including but not limited to Registration fees, Individual Events fees and Senior University Audition fees. If a student fails to attend the annual conference for any reason, there is no refund. Registered schools and sponsors are responsible for any and all fees incurred and not paid by their troupe, sponsors, students and attendees, including any legal fees or court costs involved in collecting the conference registration.