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Changing troupe directors

Has your school administration appointed a new official troupe director for your ITS troupe? If so, please notify the home office of EdTA as soon as possible to avoid delays in service and benefits. Troupe directors are full professional members of EdTA, and receive member subscriptions to Dramatics magazine and Teaching Theatre journal. Only troupe directors receive “troupe director-only” log-in IDs and passwords for access to special services on our website. All correspondence from EdTA, such as invoices, statements, and broadcast e-mails, are sent to the troupe director’s attention, too, so it is essential that we have the most up-to-date troupe director information possible.

To notify us of the change of troupe director, simply download the change of troupe director/troupe information update sheet using the link below, fill it out, and fax or mail it to the EdTA home office address on the form. All change of troupe director forms must include the signatures of both the new troupe director and a school principal or equivalent administrator. This assures EdTA that the new troupe director is serving as the school’s official representative. Please note that while many schools may appoint two or more “troupe co-directors” or additional “assistant troupe directors,” EdTA only recognizes and extends benefits to one official troupe director per troupe. Please allow two weeks for processing.

We know new troupe directors face many challenges. Often a new troupe director is a new teacher or new director as well. To make the transition as smooth as possible, we provide a list of tips for new Thespian troupe directors. These include pointers to help you get the most efficient service possible from the EdTA home office, suggestions for how to handle the monetary transactions for your troupe, and helpful hints on how to access the information and resources you will need most as the official troupe director of an ITS troupe. There is a wealth of information to be found throughout this website’s Membership Center, the International Thespian Society section, and the rest of the site. You’ll soon find that exploring all of the various areas will be a valuable investment of time for you and your ITS troupe.

If you have questions about any aspect of your troupe’s membership, please feel free to call our service center at 513.421.3900 , Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern time, or contact us by email.

The following documents will be helpful in the transition as new troupe director:

  • Change of troupe director form
  • Tips for new troupe directors
  • EdTA Membership FAQs

All of the documents can be found in the All Thespian Troupes entry of the ITS documents library.

Thespian Troupe Handbook
The single best resource for Thespian troupe operation and organization. Includes troupe director and officer roles, the induction process, benefits, graduation and honor item use, promotional ideas, etc.

Junior Thespian Troupe Handbook
The single best resource for Junior Thespian troupe operation and organization. Includes troupe director and officer roles, the induction process, benefits, honor item use, promotional ideas, etc.

Also, new troupe directors can get advice, guidance, and access to resources through the Theatre Education Community.