Wisconsin High School Theatre Festival:
Event details

General information

Download the 2013 festival program» to learn more about how the festival works. All teachers and students will receive a hard copy of the 2013 program when each school checks in on site at the Festival.


Forensic One-Act fee $225. Fee includes one director/supervisor and registration for up to 30 students actively participating in the one-act performance (cast/crew).Forensic One-Act additional students $6 each

Adult/student general festival registration $25. You receive one complimentary chaperone admission per 15 registered students.

Time block pass $7 each.

Showcase $7

Exhibitor fee $100 until Nov 1, then $125


The One-Act Festival and Workshops will take place Saturday and Sunday at Waunakee High School. Showcase performances on Friday at 8pm will take place at the Middleton High School Performing Arts Center, and Saturday at 4pm and 8pm at the Verona Performing Arts Center.

For a map of available parking at Waunakee High School, click here»

Hotel information

Make plans now to participate at the Festival whether your school is highlighted "on the WHSFA stages," or you plan to participate in the many valuable workshop opportunities or Showcase Auditions. You should make lodging arrangements soon as space my be limited.

There are a number of hotels near Waunakee. Hotels on the west side of Madison and Middleton are closest to the Festival site and Showcase venue.

Schedule and events

Wisconsin High School Theatre Festival is a three-day theatre experience for high school students and teachers. The festival consists of educational theatre workshops, the Forensic One-Act play competition, and evening events. The evening events include two Wisconsin high schools that are chosen to showcase their school's theatrical production to Festival participants. This Festival provides students and teachers an opportunity to learn from trained theatre professionals and educators, to take the stage, and to watch their peers perform. All Wisconsin high schools are invited to attend.

See the detailed schedule.


Registration for all schools begins in late September with registration due by noon on Friday, November 15, 2013. 

See the registration page for details.

Additional questions?

Festival Coordinator: Sarah Marty, 608-263-2790, smarty@dcs.wisc.edu.

Registration Coordinator: Brooke Ekvall, 608-265-3517, bekvall@dcs.wisc.edu.