Honoring Student Achievement in Theatre Since 1929

Over 2.4 million students have been inducted into the International Thespian Society!

Theatre education provides skills for a lifetime. We are here to support your work, honor your accomplishments, advance your skills, and advocate for the field.

Julie Cohen Theobald, former Executive Director

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Induction Season is Here!

Time to honor your students!

Theatre Students & Thespians

Help Honor Oustanding Teachers, Administrators, Thespians and Schools Before April 1!!

Applications for our once-a-year prestigious EdTA awards are due April 1. Nominate the best teacher, thespian, administrator or school you know!

About ITS

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The International Thespian Society is the only theatre honor society for middle and high school students in the United States. Affiliation brings credibility and distinction to students, theatre programs, and schools. It is a visible, positive symbol of the quality of your theatre program.

ITS recognizes, rewards, and encourages student achievement and celebrates the work of students in all aspects of theatre – performance and production. Each student is honored on a national level and gains access to opportunities and resources beyond those of their school.

Student auditioning at the Thespys

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How It Works

The International Thespian Society group at each school is known as a troupe, and it is led by a troupe director. A point system helps track student work, as high school and middle school students earn induction and the designation of Thespian or Junior Thespian, respectively. Students go on to earn progressively higher honors.

A chapter is established to support the mission of the Educational Theatre Association within a specific geographic area, such as a state or province. It is led by a chapter director who is supported and assisted by a chapter board. The chapters provide local and regional support for adult members, Thespians, and Junior Thespians.

The International Thespian Officers (ITO) are elected by their peers to represent the student voice in the Educational Theatre Association and International Thespian Society.

The Value of an ITS Troupe


May 25
All day
JumpStart Theatre Performance: Madagascar A Musical Adventure JR.
May 26
All day
JumpStart Theatre Performance: Aladdin JR.

What ITS Members Say...

Why wouldn’t you want to have a Thespian troupe at your school? I’m a product of a Junior Thespian troupe and a high school Thespian troupe. I’ve taught at three schools and created Thespian troupes for every single school because it is the opportunity to allow students to have true honor. … To have an organization that really recognizes them is an immeasurable opportunity.
Headsht of Stacy Castiglione, Troupe Director with EdTA
Stacy Castigilione
Director, Troupe 7944, Los Alamitos High School, California

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May 2022
May 25
25 May All day
JumpStart Theatre Performance: Madagascar A Musical Adventure JR.
Duke Ellington Conservatory of Music and Art, Detroit, MI United States
May 26
26 May All day
JumpStart Theatre Performance: Aladdin JR.
Los Coches Creek Middle School, El Cajon, CA United States
Aladdin JR
May 26
26 May All day
JumpStart Theatre Performance: The Lion King Experience
Spain Elementary-Middle School, Detroit, MI United States
Lion King JR
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There's Still Time to Register for the International Thespian Festival!

Don’t miss out on the premier annual event for Thespians! ITF is full of workshops, performances, competitions, exhibitions, college auditions and much more!

ITF 2019 Performance on stage, all actors' arms outstretched