Directors are SOLELY responsible for verifying ALL IEs (Individual Event) titles. If a title is ineligible and/or not on the approved list, the student will not be allowed to compete at the National level. Read the National Individual Event Guidelines THOROUGHLY.


In Group Acting, the skills that will be measured are:

Use of transitions into and out of character

Ability to create a believable character 

Communication of objective, tactics, and relationships 

Use of focus and concentration 

 Integration of voice, body, movement, and staging.


A group scene is defined as a performance for between three to sixteen players. In each case, every participant must be actively involved in the scene chosen for performance.

In a Group Scene performance the entrants must:

• Begin with an introduction (slating). The introduction must include only:

o the entrants’ names,

o troupe number,

o title of the selection, and

o name of the playwright.

• Remain within strict time limits.

o Time will begin once a performer begins acting after the conclusion of the introduction (slating).

o Duo/group scenes are not to exceed five minutes.

• Choose appropriate material.

o Material must be drawn from published scripts written for theatre.

o Material from other forms such as poetry, fiction, or film is prohibited.

o Materials found online (original scenes) or in scene books are prohibited.

o Each participant must be actively involved in the scene.

• Follow strict limits on clothing and props.

o Props (including hand held props), costumes, or theatrical makeup are not allowed.

o For group acting, one table and up to six chairs may be used.

o Entrants must wear all black.

o Entrants must wear dark, preferably black, shoes.

o Clothing should be appropriate to the situation yet allow easy movement for the actors to accommodate the action of the performance.

o Entrants should refrain from wearing anything that might distract the adjudicators.