MIFA offers two styles of one-act theatre events, Studio Productions and Main Stage. Themes for the State Festival alternate annually between Main Stage and Studio events. In even years (2018, 2020 etc), Main Stage is serious and Studio is humorous. In odd years (2019, 2021 etc), Main Stage is humorous and Studio is serious. Schools may participate in either or both (Studio or Main Stage) of a tri-level series that highlights traveling shows. A maximum of 12 shows per division will advance to the State Festival giving participants the opportunity to present their productions and see a variety of other shows.
Main Stage shows are the traditional one-act competition that MIFA has hosted for more than 30 years with larger sets and full technical aspects.
Studio Productions are meant to focus on the actors and the script and making little to no use of extensive technical aspects of a show like sets, lighting or props. More details to come including the official addition of the rules to Speech Activities.
In addition to 1st thru 3rd place State Finalists and a number of special recognition awards, MIFA also presents the Bob Koger Award annually. The award is recognizes the tireless efforts of directors in High School Theatre embodied by Bob Koger. Details. Nomination Form.
2019-2020 Season Key Dates & Forms
Jan 1-Feb 1, 2020 District Performance Window
Feb 7 & 8, 2020 Regional Qualifiers
> Regional sites/shows will be posted here after December 1st <
Feb 14 & 15, 2020 State Theater Festival @ Avondale High School
Q: Traveling to an upcoming tournament?
A: Check out MIFA's pre-arranged hotel blocks and rates.
Other Travel Questions? Contact Becca Weissman, Business Mgr
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Chair Lori Duncan, Saginaw Heritage, (2018-2019, appointment)
Region 1 Elle Nieuwsma, Holland Christian (2019-2021)
Region 2 Michael Clemons, Woodhaven HS, (2018-2020)
Region 3 Michael Sheldon, Avondale HS (2018-2020)
Region 4 Kirstin Carolin, Henry Ford II HS (2019-20, 1yr term)
Region 5 Jeanne Gilbert, Bay City John Glenn HS, (2018-2020)
Region 6 Brett Russell, Chesaning HS, (2019-2020, appointment)
Region 7 Malia Koger, Olivet HS, ((2019-2020, appointment)