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.

2018 High School Theatre Festival

The 2018 High School Theatre Festival will be held March 8-9, 2018, at the Mobile Civic Center during the 69th annual SETC Convention in Mobile, AL. The SETC High School Theatre Festival performances are open to everyone who is registered for the SETC convention. Friends and family of festival participants and the general public may purchase tickets ($20 per block of five shows) to see the performances.

Thursday, March 8


  • 10:00-10:45AM
    Inuk and the Sun – Ocean Springs High School (Mississippi)
  • 11:00-11:45AM
    Eurydice – Charlotte Country Day School (North Carolina)
  • 12:30-1:15PM
    The Sins of Sor Juana – Carolina Forest High School (South Carolina)
  • 1:30-2:15PM
    Medea – Nolensville High School (Tennessee)
  • 2:30-3:15PM
    Second Samuel – Heritage High School (Virginia)


  • 6:00-6:45PM
    Adaptation of Little Shop of Horrors – Westside High School (West Virginia)
  • 7:00-7:45PM
    Radium Girls – Hoover High School (Alabama)
  • 8:00-8:45PM
    Collected Stories
    – Boone High School (Florida)
  • 9:00-9:45PM
    Failure: A Love Story – Lakeside High School (Georgia)
  • 10:00-10:45PM
    Alice In Wonderland – SCPA Lafayette High School (Kentucky)

Friday, March 9


  • 10:00-10:45AM
    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Oxford High School (Mississippi)
  • 11:00-11:45AM
    Tuesdays and Sundays – North Moore High School (North Carolina)
  • 12:30-1:15PM
    Growing Up Wonderland – Blythewood High School (South Carolina)
  • 1:30-2:15PM
    Animal Farm – Montgomery Bell Academy (Tennessee)
  • 2:30-3:15PM
    Immersed – Jamestown High School (Virginia)


  • 6:00-6:45PM
    Relative Strangers – Jefferson High School (West Virginia)
  • 7:00-7:45PM
    The Recovery Act – Bob Jones High School (Alabama)
  • 8:00-8:45PM
    And They Dance Real Slow in Jackson – Gulf Breeze High School (Florida)
  • 9:00-9:45PM
    Ernest and the Pale Moon – Davidson Fine Arts School (Georgia)
  • 10:00-10:45PM
    Waylen – Owensboro High School (Kentucky)


For more information, please contact:

Claire Wisniewski

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

2018 Adjudicators

Chris Bellinger

Chris Bellinger is an actor, director, voice over artist and coach. In over two decades of theatre and film, he has worked in numerous aspects of production in 27 states and two Canadian provinces. Chris has a long personal history with SETC as an auditioner, adjudicator and company rep. His work has appeared at the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals. He has directed for Theatre West Virginia and Horn in the West. In 2015/16, he toured with the American Shakespeare Center. Last year he appeared in ads for Black and Decker and McCormick Spice. He earned his B.A. in Production Studies in Performing Arts with an emphasis in Theatre from Clemson University and his MFA in Acting from The University of Alabama. Currently, he freelances in the DC/Baltimore area.

José Casas

José Casas is a playwright and Assistant Professor of Playwriting in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan. He is the Resident Playwright at Rising Youth Theatre and Spinning Dot Theatre. He is a Board Member of The Children’s Theatre Foundation and Spinning Dot Theatre. He is a member of The American Alliance of Theatre and Education and The Dramatists Guild.  He has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from the University of California, Santa Barba, a Master of Arts in Theatre Arts from California State University, Los Angeles and a Master of Fine Arts in Playwriting from Arizona State. His plays include la rosa grows beyond the wall, all brown all chingon, and 14. His plays, la ofrenda and somebody’s children received both the Bonderman National Playwriting for Youth Award (2005, 2009) and the AATE Distinguished Play Award (2007, 2010). His published plays include la ofrenda, 14 and somebody’s children. His next project is a Documenatry Theatre piece titled FLINT,, mi.

Christina Villaverde

Lyric soprano, Christina Villaverde, continues to enjoy an over 20 year career as a performer, educator, music director and pianist. Her background in voice and piano performance has provided a unique perspective in the master class setting; her specific and direct approach has proven successful.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Miami, as well as Master’s and Doctorate Degrees in Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy from the Florida State University College of Music. She currently freelances as a voice consultant and music director and has a private voice studio in East Tennessee.

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.

Congratulations to last year’s winners!

  • Best Production: The Children’s Hour – Boone High School, FL
  • Runner-Up Production: That Was Then – Harrisonburg High School, VA
  • Best Actress: Sofia Deler, The Children’s Hour – Boone High School, FL
  • Best Actor: Gage Thomas, Charlie and Algernon – Gulf Breeze High School, FL
  • Children of Eden: Act II – Opelika High School, AL
  • The Jungle Book – James Clemens High School, AL
  • Charlie and Algernon – Gulf Breeze High School, FL
  • The Children’s Hour – Boone High School, FL
  • Anatomy of Gray – Greater Atlanta Christian School, GA
  • Starmites – Milton High School, GA
  • The Cagebirds – Bryan Station High School, KY
  • Still Waters Run Deep – Corbin High School, KY
  • Scenes from Argonautika – Ocean Springs High School, MS
  • Failure: A Love Story – Oak Grove High School, MS
  • That’s Not How I Remembered It – Lake Norman Charter School, NC
  • Boal – Central Academy of Technology and Arts, NC
  • Bocon – Montessori School of Anderson, SC
  • The Taste of Sunrise – Woodmont High School, SC
  • Wiley and the Hairy Man – McGavock High School, TN
  • Mother Hicks – Nashville School of the Arts, TN
  • That Was Then – Harrisonburg High School, VA
  • The Very Grey Matter of Edward Blank – Rock Ridge High School, VA
  • Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon – Musselman High School, WV
  • Emotional Baggage – Greenbrier East High School, WV