As an International Thespian Society troupe director, your connection to the Educational Theatre Association is more than a membership ― it’s a yearlong investment in you and in your students.
As a member of EdTA and ITS, you gain access to the most engaged network of theatre educators anywhere, eager to share ideas, collaborate on problem-solving, and offer expertise. Whether through the online forum — 14,000 subscribers strong — or member-exclusives such as your online chapter community, you’ve always got a lifeline at hand.
The recognition students gain through induction into the International Thespian Society signals to colleges and employers their leadership, service, and extracurricular achievements. It gives theatre students the same validation common for sports or academic success. And it’s a valuable asset when recruiting new students to your theatre program ― giving them a distinction to strive for.
Your troupe renewal comes with our Mentor Match program and full access to EdTA’s online Learning Center. Whether you’re new to the field or an expert theatre educator, the tools in the Learning Center help you navigate today’s challenges. They include 30+ interactive Click to Teach lessons, 300+ ready-to-use lesson plans, and tools to incorporate social emotional learning into your curriculum.
Thespian festivals provide students and teachers with unparalled learning, recognition, and engagement ― at both the chapter and international levels. Regional and national events offer Thespians a chance to compete for thousands of scholarship dollars, earn commendation through the International Thespian Excellence Awards (Thespys®), and audition for hundreds of college theatre programs.
Planning a presentation to show the benefits of having an International Thespian Society troupe? Make your case to administrators, parents, or students using any combination of the tools and resources below.
Need to renew your troupe membership? Visit our membership portal.
The school administration must appoint one adult to serve as the official troupe director. That person will complete the troupe activation process. Here’s a checklist to help you charter a new troupe or reinstate a lapsed troupe to active status.
Contact our membership team if you have questions about your organization’s charter eligibility.
For more detailed instructions, please visit How to Use the Online Membership Portal.
If you want to notify students in advance, need help collecting student contact information, or want to collect induction fees from students, you can download the optional Thespian induction invitation sheet, give one to each eligible student, and have them return the R.S.V.P. to you.
|One-time activation fee (charter or reinstatement)||$100 US / $127 CAD|
|Annual troupe dues||$129 US / $163 CAD|
|*One-time Thespian induction fee (per student, grades 9-12):||$35 US / $45 CAD|
|*One-time Junior Thespian induction fee (per student, grades 6-8):||$17 US / $22 CAD|
* Junior Thespians (grades 6-8) must be re-inducted at the Thespian level once they enter the ninth grade and have completed the additional requirements for Thespian induction. Their work as a Junior Thespian starts them off with a minimum of five of the 10 points needed for Thespian induction.
Payment and processing options are detailed in the troupe activation application process.
Questions? Contact our membership team.
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