What is the International Thespian Society? ** The International Thespian Society (ITS), founded in 1929, is an honorary organization for high school and middle school theatre students located at more than 4,600 affiliated secondary schools across America 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). Morton Ranch High School's Thespian Troupe 6861 is a group of high school actors and technicians with members inducted as early as the end of freshman year and as late as the end of senior year. Governed by guidelines set by the International Thespian Society, Troupe 6861's members work toward excellence in all maverick Theatre Company productions and community activities. Pledging the following, all Thespians are dedicated to "nothing but excellence" in and out of theatre.
How do I get inducted into Troupe 6861? Only students in grades nine through twelve may be inducted into Troupe after earning 10 Thespian points. All inductees must be actively involved in MTC, enrolled as a student in Morton Ranch High school, and be in good standing with the troupe directors to be considered for induction.
How do I earn Thespian Points? The high school Thespian point system provides the recommended number of points awarded for a specific assignment. Troupe directors may use their discretion in awarding points according to the student’s quality of work and cooperation. Quality may include the caliber of the work done and the educational value of the experience. The troupe director makes the final decision regarding the awarding of Thespian points. All students active in MTC productions, classes and events, whether an inducted Thespian Troupe 6861 member or not, will earn Thespian Points for their efforts. Hours worked on crews and running shows backstage, as well as roles in shows and hours spent on stage will all earn you points toward induction or rank in the International Thespian Society.
How do I know how many I have and how many I've earned? It is the student's responsibility to submit Thespian points for verification. All thespian points must be submitted during the school year they are earned before the final deadline (April 12.) Ms.Gette officially verifies points once each semester for induction, letterman, and rank qualifications. Each MTC event is given a point value based on the number of hours spent at/on the event. The list is published at the beginning of each school year onine and in the MTC department Handbook. Points are awarded in full only for maximum effort. It is at the discretion of the Production Director and/or Technical Director to determine the quality of the work and effort put forth by each student and then assign the appropriate point value earned for that effort. **
What are the benefits of being inducted into a thespian troupe? **
Membership in the only international honor society for high school theatre arts students—a recognized demonstration of achievement and a valuable addition to college and employment applications.
An official Thespian induction pin.
A personalized membership certificate and membership card.
Log-in access to his or her member homepage and a variety of online benefits.
A one-year, bimonthly subscription to the print edition of Dramatics magazine (a $38 value). The first issue arrives within six to eight weeks. They may also renew at a special member rate.
Log-in access to Dramatics Digital from induction through the year following graduation.
A bumper sticker that reads: Proud parent of a theatre arts honor student.
Special member pricing on theatre books and digital media through the online EdTA Store.
Thespian-level access to the Theatre Education Community.
Leadership opportunities at the troupe, chapter, and national levels.
Eligibility for scholarships, grants, and awards through EdTA and its chapters. See schooltheatre.org/ags.
Eligibility to audition at the International Thespian Festival for admission to college theatre programs, submit original plays to the Thespian Playworks program, audition for chapter Individual Events programs and qualify for the National Individual Events Showcase (NIES). See schooltheatre.org/festival.
Eligibility to receive additional Thespian honors, including graduation and honor items, advancement through Thespian honor ranks, and Thespian scholar distinction.
** All Thespian information was adapted from the International Thespian Society guidelines, which can be found at www.schooltheatre.org/home