SETC High School Theatre Festival

Each year, high schools who have won state competitions perform at SETC for the regional title. The two winning productions from each of the 10 SETC member states* compete in the High School Theatre Festival at SETC’s annual convention. Check with your state organization to learn how to compete at the state level.

* The 10 state region includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

2019 High School Theatre Festival

The 2019 High School Theatre Festival is scheduled to take place Feb. 28 – March 1, 2019, at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium during the 70th annual SETC Convention in Knoxville, TN.

Have a Group Attending the High School Festival?

Non-members of SETC need tickets. Anyone who is registered to attend the SETC Convention may watch performances in the SETC High School Theatre Festival at no additional charge. However, friends and family of festival participants and the general public need to purchase tickets. There are two blocks of performances (10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.) on both Thurs., Feb. 28, and Fri., Mar. 1. Tickets are $20 for one block (five shows) and may be purchased on site.


For more information, please contact:

Cadie Burks

SETC Educational Services Manager
SETC Central Office
Call: 336-272-3645
Email Cadie

2019 Adjudicators

Diane Carr

Bio and headshot coming soon.

Moses Goldberg

Moses Goldberg retired after 25 years as Producing Director of Stage One: The Louisville Children’s Theatre. He now works as a freelance director, teacher and playwright. He has directed professionally at theatres from Washington to Florida, including — in 1988 — one of the first U.S./Soviet exchanges at Moscow’s famed Taganka Theatre. Sixteen of his plays for young audiences have been published, as well as his most recent book “TYA: Essays on Theatre for Young Audiences.” He has taught at Florida State University and Southwest Texas State University and as an adjunct faculty member elsewhere.

Herb Parker

Bio coming soon.

2018 High School Theatre Festival

The 2018 High School Theatre Festival was held March 8-9, 2018, at the Mobile Civic Center during the 69th annual SETC Convention in Mobile, AL.

Congratulations to 2018’s winners!

  • Best Production: Collected Stories – Boone High School, FL
  • Runner-Up Production: Failure: A Love Story – Lakeside High School, GA
  • Best Actress: Sofia Deler, Collected Stories – Boone High School, FL
  • Best Actor: Harris Erickson, Second Samuel – Heritage High School, VA
  • Alabama:  Bob Jones High School – The Recovery Act
  • Alabama:  Hoover High School – Radium Girls
  • Florida:  Boone High School – Collected Stories
  • Florida:  Gulf Breeze High School – And They Dance Real Slow in Jackson
  • Georgia:  Davidson Fine Arts School – Ernest and the Pale Moon
  • Georgia:  Lakeside High School, GA – Failure: A Love Story
  • Kentucky:  Owensboro High School – Waylen
  • Kentucky:  SCPA Lafayette High School – Alice In Wonderland
  • Mississippi:  Ocean Springs High School – Inuk and the Sun
  • Mississippi:  Oxford High School – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • North Carolina:  Charlotte Country Day School – Eurydice
  • North Carolina:  North Moore High School – Tuesdays and Sundays
  • South Carolina:  Blythewood High School – Growing Up Wonderland
  • South Carolina:  Carolina Forest High School – The Sins of Sor Juana
  • Tennessee:  Montgomery Bell Academy – Animal Farm
  • Tennessee:  Nolensville High School – Medea
  • Virginia:  Heritage High School – Second Samuel
  • Virginia:  Jamestown High School – Immersed
  • West Virginia:  Jefferson High School – Relative Strangers
  • West Virginia:  Westside High School – Adaptation of Little Shop of Horrors

Behind the Scenes Videos

KET, a Kentucky-based PBS educational television network, stopped by the 2017 SETC Convention in Lexington, KY, to shoot behind-the-scenes educational videos featuring the High School Theatre Festival.

Hear from the director and actors from the production of A Taste of Sunrise. The cast talks about learning American Sign Language and how working on the play has changed their perspective on life.
Andrew Branca, a high school student from Central Academy of Technology and Arts, in North Carolina talks about how he was inspired to write Boal after attending a summer theater workshop on Brazilian theater activist Augusto Boal. Cast members discuss what it was like to collaborate on the playwriting process and why they felt it was important to start a serious discussion on racism and Islamophobia.