Montana Thespians

About Montana Thespians

Recognizing and rewarding excellence in high school theatre

About Montana Thespians

Recognizing and rewarding excellence in high school theatre

Lloyd Mickelson was the first state director from Billings Sr. In the beginning, there wasn’t a state convention. Plays were brought to the University of Montana to perform at the interscholastic in May, along with golf, track, and speech & debate. It was called a play festival and was under the auspicious of The Montana High School Association. In the spring of 1973 we withdrew from the Montana High School Association and became our own entity, Montana Thespians. It took a few years but the first Montana Thespians State Festival was Dec. 15 & 16 1978 at Sentinel High School in Missoula, MT.


Montana Thespians joined the International Thespian Society and was established in 1973 under the direction of Lloyd Mickelson.




• To honor student achievement in theatre and enrich their educational experience.

• Support Educators by providing professional development, networking opportunities, resources, and recognition.

• Influence public opinion and policy-makers that theatre education is essential and builds life skills.

Our Mission

Montana Thespians, an affiliate of the educational theatre association, strives to positively impact the lives of our youth in Montana through theatre education, advocacy, networking opportunities, and community building resources.



Our Team


Chapter Director

Sarah DeGrandpre

Sarah DeGrandpre is the Chapter Director of Montana Thespians and teaches Drama at Big Sky high school in Missoula.


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Assistant Chapter Director

Laramie Dean

Laramie is the theatre director at Hellgate High School. He earned his PhD in playwriting and Speech Communication at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


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Student Leadership Advisor

Katie Cassidy

Katie is the theatre director at Sentinel High School in Missoula, Montana.