Theatre Festival History & Results Archive


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
2005 UW-Oshkosh Scapino! Middleton 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
2020 Classrooms.Cloud N/A  
2021 UW-Stevens Point 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.