The International Thespian Society (ITS) is the world’s largest theatre honor society, a drama organization for high-school theatre students. It is a division of the Educational Theatre Association. A few famous alumni include Tom Hanks, Val Kilmer, James Marsters, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Stephen Schwartz. Membership currently stands at approximately 100,000 student members across 3,900 schools.
Who can become a member?
Everyone! Anyone engaged in theatre at Awty, backstage, onstage, or in the development of productions has the opportunity to earn “points” through the time spent participating in theatre outside class times. Point requirements include tech hours for performers and performance hours for techies. Once enough points are accumulated, you are inducted as a Thespian and receive an official certificate. As a Thespian, a student can continue to gain points through participation which results in honorary titles, such as Honor Thespian and National Honor Thespian. Until students have earned enough points for membership, they are a part of the general Theatre Club.
What do we do?
Primarily we do theatre! This Honor Society is meant for students engaged in after school productions, ISTA festival events, and special assemblies. In addition to theatre arts, ITS stresses a commitment to community and social works. Awty theatre students have an affiliation with an African school in Togo and arrange fundraisers to buy and send supplies to the impoverished village of Adanka. They are also committed to providing random acts of kindness to unsuspecting audience members.
For further information, please go to the International Thespian Society website.