New Hampshire Educational Theatre Guild




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Dear Theatre Directors,

In this uncertain time, I am sure that we are all trying to understand our next moves. We are the mentors to so many earnest, talented, and positive young men and women; most who would like nothing more than to perform, program lights and sound, build sets or props, or make costumes.

Like you, I struggle with understanding how to shape my program for the coming year. (My district, like so many, has not yet informed us of what school will look like in the fall.) Will we be able to be in the same room with one another? Will it all be remote? If we do nothing, will all the progress we’ve made on our programs waste away. For most, our immediate future is unclear.

The good news is: none of us needs to work alone. We have each other. Together, we have a great deal of experience to pool from. So let’s use it. The New Hampshire Educational Theatre Guild has two major roles that it has played in years past, hosting workshops at Plymouth State University in the fall, and Theatre Festivals in the spring. Both of these events have undergone cancellations this year.

However, at the core of our organization is a collegiate brother/sisterhood of directors, students and theatre programs. It’s a good time for us to make use of that team.

On August 19th, we will be hosting an online meeting of High School Theatre Teachers and Directors. We hope you’ll consider joining us. We’re hoping that by that time, most of us will know what the mechanics of our fall will look like, and we can brainstorm together.

We’re hoping to build some breakout sessions ahead of time that we can use during the discussion to cover different topics. We would like your feedback and thoughts of subjects to discuss during the meeting. To that end, we ask that you please fill out our very brief Googleform Survey below.

Thank you, and our very best to all of you!


Scott Giessler

President, NHETG



About NHETG:

The primary goal of the New Hampshire Educational Theatre Guild (NHETG), is to support, promote and celebrate the dramatic arts at the high school level in the Granite State. Hosting theatre festivals, student conferences, and teacher professional development workshops, the NHETG fosters growth through sharing.


Its the signature event, the state-wide theatre festivals, annually bring together high school theatre programs from around the state. Each of these regional festivals consists of 6-8 high schools performing their one-act shows for one another. After each performance, the festival provides structured, constructive feedback both from the fellow student audience members as well as theatre professionals. At the end of the festival, awards are presented to students and groups for outstanding performances and technical elements.

From these Regional Festivals, shows are selected to perform at the NHETG State Theatre Festival. The structure of this festival is similar to that of the regionals. Finally, two shows are chosen from the State Festival to perform at the New England Theatre Festival, which is held in a different New England state each year.

"What I like about the NHETG festivals is the experience. Having 24 schools come together that share the same interest as you, who also help you and continue to support you on the journey. Meeting people and facing challenges you don't expect along the way. And the rush you feel after performing your show, nothing is better than that."

-Kyleigh Moore

Technical Theatre Student

A Festival Experience


The NHETG also sponsors Theatre Workshops at Plymouth State University in the fall. Whether your interests lie on stage or behind the scenes, this day of workshops has something for everyone. Here is the first opportunity of the school year for high school theatre programs to get to know each other, and learn a great deal about their craft in the process.

RICH SMITH inducted as Life Time Member of the New England Drama Council!

Congratulations to Richard Smith, our beloved Treasurer! Rich has been a dedicated member of both the NHETG and the NEDC for many years, acting as their commendations writer. On Saturday, April 28th, Rich was inducted as a Life Time Member of the NEDC.

The New England Drama Festival Opening Ceremonies

Hosted by our very own Gilford High School, presented on April 26th, 2018

The New England Drama Festival Closing Ceremonies

Hosted by our very own Gilford High School, presented on April 28th, 2018