The International Thespian Society (ITS), founded in 1929, is an honorary organization for high school and middle school theatre students located at more than 4,200 affiliated secondary schools across America, Canada, and abroad. The mission of ITS is to honor student achievement in the theatre arts. High school inductees are known as Thespians and junior high/middle school inductees are known as Junior Thespians. ITS is a division of the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA).
How do I get involved/inducted?
Mandatory school and student eligibility requirements are defined in the EdTA membership policy. Schools and students must meet all of these plus those listed below for inductions to be granted.
Visit: https://www.schooltheatre.org/home to learn more about the point system, or see Ms. Glass and Mr. Reynolds if you're interested in applying.
How do I participate and/or compete at the North Carolina State Festival?
Student must be an inducted member of our Thespian Troupe, complete an application process. Travel fees are part of your application to attend, as well. Applications are distributed during the fall semester of every school year.
What is International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, NE?
Every summer, thousands of high school Thespians bring their love of all things theatre to the International Thespian Festival—also known as ThesFest—a celebration of student achievement in the arts. Organized by the Educational Theatre Association and hosted by the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, the Festival is a one-of-a-kind, weeklong immersion experience in singing, dancing, acting, designing, directing, creating, writing, and memory-making. Festival features workshops presented by theatre professionals, individual and group performances, programs for technical theatre students, and opportunities to audition for college admission and scholarship. So whether you’re a freshman just beginning your theatrical journey, a seasoned senior with an impressive résumé and great headshot, or an educator seeking enriching professional development—opportunities and adventures await at the International Thespian Festival.
How do I participate and/or compete at the International Festival?
Student must be an inducted member of our Thespian Troupe, and complete an application process. Travel fees are part of your application to attend. Applications are distributed during the fall semester of every school year.
ITS NC State Festival Spring (Greensboro, NC) & International Thespian Festival (Lincoln, Nebraska) Photos Below: