About this guide
Produced by the Illinois Theatre Association, the Illinois High School Theatre Festival is the largest and oldest non-competitive high school theatre festival in the world.
The three-day Festival takes place every year in early January, and switches locations between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Illinois State University. Over 4,000 students, teachers, university representatives, exhibitors, and volunteers come together to put on over 25 different high school productions and over 200 workshops.
Other highlights include college/university auditions for high school seniors, professional development for teachers and the All-State Production, featuring student cast, crew, and orchestra members from across the state.