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USC Upstate Hosts 25 High Schools For Statewide Theatre Festival

10- 02- 2009

Spartanburg, S.C. - The Theatre Department at the University of South Carolina Upstate will host the annual South Carolina Theatre Association (SCTA) Secondary School Theatre Festival, which brings 25 high schools to the campus on October 16 and 17. The Festival allows participating high schools to showcase their fall productions as well as provides a platform for high school junior and senior students to audition and interview with representatives from South Carolina colleges and universities.

RichTwo senior students will be selected to receive a $250 performance award each from SCTA. Two productions are selected to compete at the South Carolina State Festival and the top production will be showcased at the annual Southeastern Theatre Association (SETA) in Lexington, Kentucky in March 2010.

USC Upstate hosted the SCTA State Conference in 2007, which drew nearly 700 members and theatre students to Spartanburg for educational workshops, guest speakers, and a play performance competition. 

Rich Robinson, associate professor of theatre at USC Upstate and one of three judges who will adjudicate the October 16-17 shows, was thrilled for the opportunity to showcase the department and facilities on the statewide level in 2007 and is equally looking forward to hosting the Festival.

“Events of this magnitude are excellent exposure for the USC Upstate theatre department in terms of student recruitment and building our reputation among colleagues for the strength of our program, caliber of our faculty and our state-of-the-art facilities,” said Robinson.

The SCTA works to improve theatre in South Carolina by strengthening theatre in the public, develop South Carolina connections with the national theatre, increasing support for community theatre, developing strong touring companies in South Carolina, strengthening secondary school theatre programs, and support individual artists.

For additional information, contact Rich Robinson, associate professor of theatre at USC Upstate, at (864) 503-5621 or