TETA TheatreFest 2018

Renaissance Dallas Addison Hotel September 26-29, 2018

With TheatreFest now scheduled for September, we at TETA are aware of the challenges created for schools to process purchase orders and send checks in time to secure auditions spots or early-bird registration prices. With this in mind we have updated our policy concerning school purchase orders. In the past, purchase orders were simply not accepted as a promise of payment for TheatreFest, and payment had to be received in order to secure spots in auditions or to get the early-bird pricing. Starting immediately TETA will now accept a school purchase order to secure those items mentioned above...with the understanding that final payment must still be received before the attendee can participate in the event. A purchase order will now be accepted as a promise of payment that will secure your early-bird price or your audition spot but the final payment must still be made before you can attend. POs may be mailed to our Houston address or emailed to communications@tetatx.com.

If you have any questions, email communications@tetatx.com.

Texas Educational Theatre Association’s TheatreFest is a celebration of Educational Theatre! This annual convention offers training and education for current Theatre practitioners, as well as, future educators. Included in this event: Over 300 Theatre and Film-related Workshops, a Playwriting Contest (PlayFest), Design Contest (DesignFest) and Scholarship Auditions! Add to this... Live Performances, Special Guest Artists from around the world, and over 100 Commercial and Educational Exhibitors! TheatreFest has something for everyone!! You must be a current TETA member with a current membership to attend TheatreFest.

a chance to Win $1000 of theatre stuff!

This year TheatreFest is moving to September! With earlier dates we want to give you a great reason to get your registration in as quickly as possible. TETA is partnering with some of your favorite vendors to offer $6000 worth of gift certificates to early adult registrants!!!

We will conduct six drawings throughout the weeks leading up to TheatreFest 2018. Each $1000 drawing will go to one lucky adult TETA member who has registered and paid for TheatreFest 2018.

The first winner will be announced on Aug 8th and another winner will be chosen each week; with the final winner being announced on Sept 12th! All you need to do is register and pay for TheatreFest!

If you register and pay before Aug 8th you will automatically be entered in all six drawings! Each week you wait to register after that will offer one less opportunity to win a $1000 gift certificate to a TheatreFest vendor. Register now!

Winners will be selected from all adult members who register and pay for TheatreFest before each drawing. Not eligible for the drawings include: Students, TETA Board Members, TETA contract employees, Vendors, Special Guests, and any attendees with waived registration fees. Winners of previous drawings will not be included in any of the subsequent drawings. Gift certificates will be awarded on-site at the registration area and can be picked up by the winners only. Photo ID required.

Gift certificates will be awarded randomly. Winners can not select the vendor they prefer.


TETA membership is $50 for adults and $20 for students.

TheatreFest Online Registration is $120 for everyone. The deadline is September 19th. You must pay the registration invoice for this registration to be complete. If you pay on-site it will be considered an on-site registration.

TheatreFest On-Site Registration is $170 for everyone.


Refunds for registration of any TETA event must be requested in writing no later than one month prior to the event. Within one month of the event, there are no refunds for any reason, including circumstances beyond TETA's control. There will be no refunds at any time for TETA membership.

Attention exhibitors

If you purchase an ad in Guidebook... After you complete your TheatreFest registration be sure to submit your artwork to be used in the TheatreFest Guidebook app.


TheatreFest 2018 will be at the Renaissance Dallas Addison Hotel (formally the Intercontinental Hotel).

The room block is now open.

Booking Website: https://book.passkey.com/e/49575173

Toll free number: 800-489-0793


The Texas Educational Theatre Association offers Texas theatre students the unique opportunity to audition for colleges and universities from across the nation, with a minimal investment and far less time and travel than trying to audition for all of those schools separately! Students present a two-minute acting or musical audition or a five-minute technical portfolio presentation for up to 50 different college/university programs. During call-back interviews on the same day as auditions, college & university representatives visit with selected students face-to-face to answer questions about their programs and ask follow-up questions to potential candidates. Do not miss this exciting opportunity to be seen by a multitude of universities and colleges with quality theatre arts programs! All Texas high school juniors, seniors, or transferring college/university theatre students intent on majoring in theatre are eligible to submit an application to participate. Click HERE for more information.


DesignFest is a design competition and showcase for students, instructors and professionals which allows educators an opportunity to bring emphasis and recognition to the study and actuation of theatrical design and stage management. DesignFest is open to the first 100 participants who register. DesignFest is required for all students participating in the Technical Auditions. It is an opportunity for professionals and students to celebrate and share ideas about design, stage management and theatre technology. DesignFest allows participants to showcase their design work to over 1500 theatre artists from all over the United States and allows student participants to compete for cash awards! Click HERE for more information.


“Make a Film Using Your Smartphone” - The FilmFest Contest is designed specifically for TheatreFest students. The contest is envisioned as a fun way to bring student film makers from around Texas together to learn from and experience the work of their peers. During the 24 hour event, every team will receive the same prompt detailing the genre, a prop and some lines of dialogue. Each of these elements is required in a completed 2-3 minute film made with a smartphone. You and your team then have from Thursday at 3:30 pm until Friday at 3:30 pm, to create a dynamic short film. All creation must occur within the competition period: writing, rehearsing, shooting, editing, graphics, etc. The Competition is held at TheatreFest and the showings of the completed films will be shown on Friday night! There is no registration fee! Contest is open to all students that are registered for TheatreFest. Click HERE for more information.


PlayFest is a playwriting competition/event whose principal objective is to encourage the writing and production of new plays. The purpose of PlayFest is as follows: To encourage and promote the study of playwriting by all. To encourage and promote the writing of new plays. To provide a clearing house for the reading and evaluation of new plays in a working and teaching environment. To provide greater incentive to playwrights by establishing a working relationship between professionals, educators and playwrights. To produce new play productions. This may include staged readings, workshop productions, and new play seminars, annually at TheatreFest. Click HERE for more information.

Academic Symposium

The purpose of the Academic Symposium is to provide a forum at the annual TheatreFest for scholars, teachers, students, professionals, and others interested in the scholarly inquiry of theatre-related topics. Attendees gather to present papers and discuss the ideas set forth as a group, thus creating an opportunity to share ideas and promote scholarship in the academic and professional theatre community. While special consideration is given to submissions intersecting with the determined annual theme, scholarly research presentations focusing on any topic relating to all aspects of theatre studies are welcomed.

Scholarly Debut Papers Panel

The purpose of the Scholarly Debut Papers Panel (SDPP) is to provide a forum at the annual TheatreFest for young scholars (debut presenters – both undergraduate & graduate level) interested in the scholarly inquiry of theatre-related topics. Selected winners are invited to TheatreFest to present their papers and discuss their ideas within a supportive scholarly group comprised of academics and theatre professionals. While special consideration is given to submissions illuminating the annual conference theme, SDPP welcomes any debut scholarly papers that focus on any topic relating to theatre studies.


Pay online when you register or send a check to our HOUSTON address.


650 W. Bough Ln.

Suite 150-199

Houston, Texas 77024

If you choose to send a check, it must be postmarked by September 19th to receive the early-bird discount.

If you register early, but your payment is postmarked after September 19th, your registration will be changed to a regular registration and your invoice will be adjusted to reflect the change. If you need to pay on-site, we do NOT accept personal checks at the event.

** Refunds: TETA Memberships are non-refundable.

Refunds for TheatreFest registration costs must be requested no later than one month prior to the event.

To request a refund, send an email to communications@tetatx.com.