The American High School Theatre Festival (AHSTF) was developed to allow North America’s drama students to showcase their skills within an international forum. Our festival provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for participants to travel to Edinburgh, Scotland, and experience, firsthand, the world-renowned Fringe Festival by performing and attending other Fringe shows.
AHSTF runs in conjunction with the Fringe Festival, the world’s largest performing arts festival. Each August, thousands of actors, musicians, directors, writers, producers, and other artisans, as well as hundreds of thousands of theatre-goers, converge in Edinburgh, Scotland, for the Fringe Festival.
AHSTF’s commitment to performing art allows America’s best drama students to experience this event as both performers and audience members. The AHSTF experience also includes two days in London to tour the world-class West End theatre and historic sites.
AHSTF, developed with the help of high school and college drama professionals, is designed to complement high school theatre programs and is dedicated to the lessons that drama teaches our youth. We believe that performing internationally at the Fringe Festival provides a valuable learning experience for all who participate. Upon completion of the festival, participants will know theatre as never before and will gain a new appreciation of the many art forms theatre encompasses.
To this end, it is our belief that this unique opportunity should be made available to as many students as possible. To promote diverse participation, AHSTF does not allow schools to participate in consecutive years. Further, we recommend that participating schools perform shows with an average of 30 participants to take advantage of this experience. Not only do the students benefit, but it also ensures that North America is well represented in Edinburgh.