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Member benefits

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.

All professional, pre-professional, affiliate, and emeritus members of EdTA receive the following benefits:

  • Access to the Theatre Education Community, a place to network, exchange ideas, get advice, and interact with others who share a passion for theatre and theatre education.
  • Special member rates for purchasing educational resources sold through EdTA.
  • Special EdTA member rates for all Association events and educational programs.
  • A subscription to Dramatics magazine (nine issues, September through May.)
  • A subscription to Teaching Theatre journal (four issues, quarterly.)
  • Eligibility to apply for EdTA grants and scholarships.
  • Networking opportunities with other arts educators.
  • Advocacy support and representation.

Each member type has its own pricing structure.

Professional members, such as arts administrators, performers, theatre technicians, college professors, educational outreach coordinators, arts advocates, librarians, and Thespian troupe directors, pay a $75 membership fee for all of the above benefits.

It is also possible to become a professional member by chartering a new Thespian or Junior Thespian troupe. Troupe directors are full professional members of EdTA.

EdTA’s pre-professional membership is intended for students enrolled as full-time undergraduates and interested in making theatre or theatre education an important part of their education or professional life. Pre-professional members receive a $25 discount on basic member registration for all EdTA educational programs and events scheduled during the membership term. Pre-professionals pay a $25 fee to join.

Affiliate members, a $50 fee, are troupe co-directors, assistant directors, faculty, administrators, advisers, and active troupe alumni who want access to EdTA’s resources.

EdTA emeritus members, also a $50 fee, are full professional members of EdTA. Emeritus members are theatre educators who have retired from teaching full-time, but want to maintain an active relationship with their professional association and are interested in keeping theatre as part of the educational curriculum. They are full professional members of EdTA. Emeritus members receive an additional $50 off basic member registration for all EdTA educational programs and events scheduled during the membership term.

Thespians receive the following benefits:

  • A subscription to Dramatics magazine (nine issues, September through May) and Dramatics Digital as well as the opportunity to renew the subscription at a special member rate.
  • Leadership opportunities at the troupe, chapter, and national levels.
  • Eligibility to apply for EdTA grants and scholarships.
  • Eligibility to audition for admission to college theatre programs at the Thespian Festival.
  • A certificate, a membership card, and eligibility to receive Thespian honor and graduation items.

Junior Thespians receive many of the same benefits:

  • Membership in the International Thespian Society, the only international honor society for high school and middle school theatre arts students—a recognized demonstration of achievement and a valuable addition to college and employment applications.
  • Ability to begin their high school careers with half of the Thespian points required for high school induction.
  • Leadership opportunities at the troupe and chapter levels (per chapter policy).
  • A membership certificate, a personalized membership card, and eligibility to receive Junior Thespian honor items.