Find answers and general information quickly about our programs and procedures.
Applications are sent to selected schools and available online at www.ahstf.org/application-proccess. All applications must be completed online, accompanied by supplemental materials to include at least 1 letter of recommendation, photos, reviews/articles, clips of performances and any additional information you feel would be valuable for our Board of Advisors to review.
Completed application packets are forwarded to our Board of Advisers, made up of respected university and regional theatre professionals. Our Board ranks the applications based on the following criteria: most recent bodies of work, honors and awards, technical ability, community involvement, philosophies, and letters of recommendation. Top ranking applicants are invited to represent their communities at the Festival Fringe as members of AHSTF.
There is no obligation for you if you apply. Applying is free. This an opportunity to assess your program and to receive acknowledgment on the work you have done as an educator.
You will have four performances. Performances should be no more than to 1-½ hours to ensure enough time to load-in and strike.
Simplicity is key! The spirit of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is to use any space that can be rented. This includes alleyways, conference rooms, church halls, nursery schools, and other types of non-traditional theatre space. AHSTF provides high quality Fringe venues which include a stage, adequate audience seating and both lighting and sound equipment. Some props (i.e. chair, bed, table, lamp) can be rented for an additional cost in Edinburgh. Unit sets and area staging work well. Travel light and keep it simple.
Yes! Each group works with a team of technical advisors throughout the year prior to and during the AHSTF experience in Edinburgh. Our experienced technical team will help you and your students coordinate a performance that travels and plays well at the Fringe.
The FAM Tour is a one-week tour to Edinburgh for AHSTF accepted directors to experience AHSTF and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe first-hand during the summer prior to the schools’ participation. This tour usually falls in the middle of August. As a director planning to attend AHSTF, this will be an invaluable experience.
A group usually consists of students (performers, backstage and technical crew), the director, and both teacher and parent chaperones. Participating students will be freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors during the year your group performs at AHSTF. The average size for an AHSTF group is 25-35. However, we have had a group as large as 106 participants, and as small as 10 participants attend AHSTF. The program is open to all students with an interest in the performing arts!
From performance to tech rehearsal, to optional theatre workshops, and college fairs, AHSTF offers true hands-on learning. Additionally, FREE high school and college preparatory credit is available for students, and professional development points are awarded to directors.
AHSTF’s full-time staff coordinates the program. All travel, touring and performance arrangements are coordinated through our association with WorldStrides. As a member of the WorldStrides family, AHSTF combines theatre education with the industry’s best insurance protection policy to provide the highest-quality educational travel experience. WorldStrides’ team-based support is evident from the account management we provide for each group, to the staff in London and Edinburgh in the form of guides, bus drivers, tech team, and on-site logistical crew.
AHSTF is backed by WorldStrides, the leader in student travel for 50 years. AHSTF provides nighttime security at the group’s residences, 24-hour stateside support, and on-site offices in both London and Edinburgh. Your group’s safety is our primary concern, offering the peace of mind you should expect. The combined experience of AHSTF and WorldStrides, in safely moving large numbers of students across the globe, is second to none.
2019 Monster School Jurassic, Wait Wait Bo Bait, Boxed Out, All in the Timing by David Ives, Unrinetown The Musical, Witches?! In Salem!?, 5 Stages, Where Are The Walls, The Addams Family, The Humans, The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, The 39 Steps by Patrick Barlow, Adventures of a Comic Book Artist, Good Good Trouble on Bad Bad Island, The Battle of Kuamoʻo, Ashes, Flowers for Algernon, Almost, Maine, The Pillowman, Hearts Like Fists, Hamluke, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Winter's Tale, The Little Match Girl, The Cult That Made Spoons: A Fork in the Road, The Giver, Pippin, Antics, Tartuffe - or the Hypocrite, She Kills Monsters, Peer Gynt, The Liar, The Snow Queen, The Dance of Hands
2018 Avenue Q (School Edition), All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, Peter and the Starcatcher, Suessical Jr., The Witches of Walderzeit, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, A Wrinkle in Time, Big Love, Romeo and/or Juliet, Bakkhai, Vox: A Fairy Tale for a New Age, Brollies and Bumbershoots, Improv Mania, Get Off the Couch, Metamorphoses, Outside the Box, Chairoscuro, Only We Know Best, The Shadow Hour, This is Me, The Crucible, Building Emily Warren: The Story of the Brooklyn Bridge, Mercy Me, Girls Like That, Parker and the City in the Sea, Intro to Chicano History: 101