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Please contact either

Jo Elsken at or text 4794611822     or 

Billy Ivey @ and/or  



Junior Theatre Festival?! Click here for more info.

Exciting info for Theatre teachers statewide!

Many of us have been told for years by various and sundry confused administrators and counselors that Drama cannot count as a fine art, unless it is part of the CTE program. After attending the ADE framework rewrite, we were told this has never been true! Even though Drama fell under ELA, it is still a fine arts credit! Feel free to share with your counseolrs!

Important Dates 

 for 2015:

Festival Follow-up Meeting

     Next year will be better if we  meet and 

        brainstorm what changes are needed.

     Junior Theatre Festival 
                 May 16th 
 White County Central High School 

Arkansas State Board Retreat July 31st, 2014


Alumni!!  let us know what you are up to... and find out if you want to help us out at Festival.  

Just Complete this form. 

"Act Well your Part, 

There All the Honor Lies"

Welcome to the Arkansas State Thespians website, dedicated to serve 7-12 educational theatre programs! The Arkansas State Thespians are affiliated with The International Thespian Society and the Educational Theatre Association. The International Thespian Society is a non-profit, tax-exempt honorary organization for high school theatre students. The society is committed to the advancement of educational theatre, and to this end publishes Dramatics Magazine, sponsors Thespian Festivals and theatre workshops, produces educational materials, and provides college scholarship opportunities for students.

Thespian Pledge:

“I promise to uphold the aims and ideals of the International Thespian Society.  I am a student of theatre and excellence is my ideal.  I promise to perform my part as well as I can;  to accept praise and criticism with grace; to cooperate with my fellow Thespians and work for the good of the troupe; and to share my love of theatre."

Arkansas State Thespian Board Members:

At Large: Stephanie Schultze, Russellville HS  - 3 yrs*

NorthWest Region:  JoAnne Elsken, (representing 16 troupes)- 


NorthEast Region: Dawn Tucker

Jonesboro (representing 11 troupes) 

5 yrs

At Large: Terry McGonigle, Alma High Schoolyrs

Central Region: Marisa Arnold, White Co. Central HS (representing 10 troupes) - 2 yrs

SouthEast Region:  5 troupes

SouthWest Region:  3 troupes

Treasurer:  Rick Chudomelka, 

Former Chapter Director

Interim Treasurer:

Dawn Tucker

Student Board Liaison: 

-appointed position

*number of years left in term                                                                                 

List of Schools by Region

Michelle Moss  

Arkansas State Chapter Director    

Please contact me with any questions about our State Thespian Association or Festival.

Make all checks for events out  to Arkansas Thespians  

and Mail to Arkansas Thespians, Attn:  Michelle Moss

361 Southwest Dr. #178, Jonesboro, AR 72401

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