Thespians of Note
The International Thespian Society, the honor society of middle and high school theatre students, has inducted more than 2.4 million students since it was founded in 1929. To qualify for induction into ITS, a student needs at least 100 hours of work in theatre arts.
If they all gathered in a single place, Thespian alums would make up the fourth largest city in the United States—bigger than Houston, nearly the size of Chicago, and with the highest concentration of residents who speak with confidence, present themselves with poise and measure a two-by-four with accuracy. #ThespianForever.
Many of those 2.4 million Thespian alums have gone on to distinguish themselves in their professional lives. Here’s a sampling of well-known Thespians in the entertainment industry and beyond.
Laurie Baskin, Director of Research and Policy, Theatre Communications Group
Kathleen Belcher, Stage Director, Metropolitan Opera
Doug Booher, Director of Events, Indiana University
Matt Conover, VP Disneyland Live Entertainment, Walt Disney Company
Michael Durnil, President and CEO of Simon Youth Foundation
Kevin Fortson, Sr. VP, Warner Horizon Television
Carolina Garcia, Director of Original Series, Netflix
Merrick Garland, United States Attorney General
Alvin Katz, Partner, Katten, Muchin, Rosenman, LLP
Sharon Kneebone, Executive Director, National Society for Histotechnology
Don Loftus, President, Parlux Ltd.
Megan Tulac Phillips, Head of Marketing, Enterprise Agility, McKinsey & Company
Jenelle Riley, Deputy Awards and Features Editor, Variety
Mark Weinstein, Sr. VP and Global Head of Customer Engagement, Hilton