One-Act Play Contest
Tech Challenge Contest
Festival Site & Showcase Summary
|Year||Festival Site||Showcase Show||Producer|
|1991||UW-Oshkosh||Foxfire Moon ChildrenThe Cherry Orchard||Racine Theatre Guild Shorewood HS UW-Milwaukee (PTTP)|
|1992||UW-La Crosse||The Heidi Chronicles Crimes of the Heart Oklahoma!Quilters||UW-Stout Viterbo CollegeMadison West HSWaukesha Civic Theatre|
|1993||UW-Stevens Point||Steel Magnolias 1776||Nicolet HS UW-Stevens Point|
|1994||UW-Whitewater||Nunsense Dancing at Lughnasa||Brookfield Central HS UW-Whitewater|
|1995||UW-Stevens Point||Into the Woods TartuffeWild Oats||Wausau West HS UW-Stevens Point Dominican HS|
|1996||UW-Whitewater||Noises Off The Colored Museum andPullman Car Hiawatha42nd StreetThe Crucible||Kettle Moraine HS Milwaukee Plus XI HS Verona Area HS Appleton West HS|
|1997||UW-Stevens Point||Cabaret Joseph and the AmazingTechnicolor DreamcoatThe Diviners||Hartford Union HS Luxemburg-Casco Sr HS Greendale HS|
|1998||UW-Whitewater||Out of Order Godspell||Middleton HS Kenosha Bradford HS|
|1999||UW-La Crosse and Viterbo College||Working The Wizard of Oz||Shorewood HS La Crosse Logan HS|
|2000||UW-Whitewater||The Night Thoreau Spent in JailCinderella||Superior Senior HS Appleton North HS|
|2001||UW-Stevens Point||Our Town Quilters||Northland Pines HS Wis. Rapids Lincoln HS|
|2002||UW-Whitewater||Footloose A Chorus LineA Midsummer Night’s Dream||Ellsworth HS Wauwatosa West HSNicolet HS|
|2003||UW-La Crosse and Viterbo College||Rags Bat Boy the Musical||Appleton West HS Kenosha Bradford HS|
|2004||UW-Whitewater||Pirates of Penzance Of Thee I Sing||Dominican HS Verona Area HS|
|2006||UW-Whitewater||The Three Sisters Urinetown: The Musical||Dominican HS Shorewood HS|
|2007||UW-Stevens Point||Marvin’s Room Anything Goes||The Prairie School, Racine Verona Area HS|
|2008||UW-La Crosse and Viterbo College||Charley’s Aunt Miss Saigon||Nicolet HS Appleton North HS|
|2009||UW-Whitewater||A Midsummer Night’s Dream Dark of the Moon||Jefferson HS Beloit Memorial HS|
|2010||UW-Oshkosh||Rabbit Hole Seussical||Kenosha Tremper HS Gibraltar HS|
|2011||UW-Whitewater||The Torch Bearers The Phantom of the Opera||Waterford Union HS Appleton North HS|
|2012||UW-Stevens Point||The Birds Once on This Island||Shawano Community HS Dominican HS|
|2013||Waunakee HS||Leaving Iowa Spamalot||Badger HS Verona Area HS|
|2014||Viterbo University||Journey to the West Hello! My Baby||Appleton North HS Indian Trail HS & Academy|
|2015||UW-Whitewater||The Scarlet Heart The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee||Wis. Rapids Lincoln HS Middleton HS|
|2016||UW-Stevens Point||Rwanda & Juliet La Cage Aux Folles||UW–Madison Arts Institute UW-Stevens Point|
|2017||UW-Whitewater||Noises Off Peter and the Starcatcher||Waukesha West HS Middleton HS|
|2018||Viterbo University||Several contest one-acts|
|2019||UW-Milwaukee||All My Sons Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatA Piece of My Heart||Whitefish Bay HS Reedsburg HSUW-Milwaukee|
|2021||UW-Stevens Point AnywhereSeat.com||N/A|
|2022||UW-Whitewater||Almost, Maine Mean Girls, HS Edition||Kenosha Indian Trail HS & Academy Kenosha Bradford|
WISDAA (WHSFA) begins contest in “dramatics.” For many years, the contest was held in Stevens Point.
WISDAA teams up with UW-Madison’s Division of Continuing Studies to offer a more comprehensive festival with educational programming and outreach along with rotation to several partner universities (see list to the left).
The Alliance for Wisconsin Theatre Education (AWTE) also plays a pivotal role in supporting educator professional development and support of programming at the festival.
Renovations at UW-Whitewater forces the festival to be held at a high school — for its first and only time to-date, Waunakee High School.
The Wisconsin Thespians (Educational Theatre Association affiliate) begins offering Individual Events at the festival.
UW-Madison’s Division of Continuing Studies discontinues programming in Theatre; WISDAA takes over coordination of the overall festival.
Driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival is offered in a fully virtual format, including multiple one-acts from schools, video recorded in-person, social distanced and masked performances as well as recordings of videoconference performances. Online workshops and exhibit booths also were held.
Continuing during the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival is offered both as a return to in-person performance (with various public health measures in place), as well as a virtual option. Besides one-act plays, only online, asynchronous workshops and Thespys events were offered.