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About Our Festival

The Palmetto Dramatic Association serves to encourage and further the development and quality of Theatre in South Carolina secondary schools. At the state festival, PDA hosts an original student-written playwriting festival, and professional one act performances, recognizing the work within SC Theatre programs.



​The Educational Theatre Association offers memberships for educators at every stage of their career—from the theatre education major who is just starting out to the most experienced retired arts educator. EdTA provides its members with educational opportunities, awards programs, special offers and opportunities, and a network of peers.

EdTA’s student honorary organization, the International Thespian Society, is the world’s largest honor society recognizing excellence and achievement in middle and high school theatre students. More than 2 million students have been inducted into ITS since its beginning in 1929. Through their EdTA membership, Thespians have access to college auditions, scholarship money, and countless other young people with similar interests. Theatre teaches powerful lifeskills preparing all Thespians for a bright future.

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Palmetto Dramatic Association

Melissa King


Catawba Ridge High

Leslie Dellinger


Lexington High School

Pam Broome

Vice President

Dorman High School

Stephanie Daniels


Rock Hill High School


South Carolina Thespian Board

Joe Timmons 

SC Chapter Director

Lancaster City Events Manager


Teresa McGrath

Co-Chapter Director

St. Joesph's Catholic

Kathleen Pennyway


Dreher High School

Harry Culpepper, Jr.


Woodmont HS


Shannon Horn


College of Charleston

Dr. Matt Ward

STO Liaison

Carolina Forest HS

Jonathan Monk

Jr. Thespians

Heathwood Hall Episc.


Melody Driggers


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Emily Gibbons

Social Media

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William Barr

Board Member

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Laney Hawkins

Board Member

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South Carolina Thespian Student Officers

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Sofia Jones

SC STO Chair

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Any Inducted Thespian is eligible to apply for a role as a STUDENT THESPIAN OFFICER (STO) for the 2022-2023 school year. Interested students must fill out the application (along with a parent signature and troupe director recommendation) and UPLOAD the form into the Delegate Registration due in January.  These students must also plan to attend the PDA/SCITS Festival in February with their school in 2022 (to apply) and 2023 (to serve).  Applicants will be scheduled to participate in the interview process and leadership workshop while at the 2020 festival. Selected STOs will be announced at the end of the 2020 festival weekend.

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