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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!

All State Musical Message to Directors



The All-State Show was amazing and fun for all! We will offer this opportunity again for next year's Festival so sophomores and juniors should make plans to be a part of the All-State Show in 2016! Every troupe should strive to be represented. 

The attached audition form has very important information and must be READ, filled out and signed by student, parent, and director.  But we would like to clarify some information.

Each school may have up to 3 students in the All State Cast.   They must come prepared with the Actrtre.jpgaudition form.  Our hope is tohave at least one student from every troupe around the state in the show.  These students do not have to be the “best” your troupe has to offer.  We understand that these students are involved in many other things and especially in your productions.  They may not be able to commit to the rehearsal time.  Please encourage your younger inexperienced students to audition and be in the All State Show.  They may have fewer commitments and more time available.  They will be given an opportunity to work under a different director, gain confidence and participate in our All State Show.

Transportation and Housing Concerns:  If we get participation throughout the state, these students can carpool with each other from different schools in their area and take turns arranging travel.  In the cases where a student is having to travel more than an hour to a rehearsal, the host school will be offering host families for those students to come in the night before and stay with other drama students and arrive at the rehearsal the next day. They must contact us in advance.



Marisa Arnold

Teacher/Instructional Facilitator

work 501-301-4222

cell 501-207-3192


White County Central Schools

3259 Hwy 157

Judsonia, AR, 72081

All State Show Information

Audition Contract for All-State Show - Revised

Important Dates  and Information for 2015

Festival Follow-up Meeting:

Junior Theatre Festival May 16th @ White County Central High School (Tentatively!)

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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