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An exciting opportunity to be a member of a wonderful academic and social society.

Started in 1992 and reinstated in 2019, Springfield Township Middle School has membership to The International Thespian Society.

What are the benefits of membership in the International Thespian Society?

Junior thespians receive the highest recognition due to those who have demonstrated commitment and excellence in their school’s theatre program—membership in the world’s largest theatre honor society. Junior thespians enjoy the sense of belonging and recognition inherent in being inducted into an honor society. Junior thespian membership encourages them to practice their craft and to grow as a person. The skills that they learn from a quality theatre arts education—creativity, self-confidence, leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills as well as specific theatre skills—will benefit them in their school days and beyond.

What is the International Thespian Society?


The International Thespian Society, a division of the Educational Theatre Association, is the honorary theatre organization for students in high school and middle school. The ITS offers everything from varied performance venues to college audition opportunities to formal awards and scholarships. Since 1929, more than two million students, schools, and educators have benefited from ITS membership.

How do students qualify for membership?

Students qualify by earning points for their work in the theatre arts. ITS provides a point system guide for your use. The points listed are the suggested maximum for excellent work.

 

For middle/junior high students, designated as those in grades 6–8, one point is equal to five hours of excellent work. In order to be eligible for membership in his or her school’s Junior Thespian troupe, a student must obtain a minimum of ten points. In addition, these points must be earned in a minimum of two productions and must be from two different production areas (i.e., acting and stage management).

All Junior Thespians receive:

  • A membership certificate, sent to the troupe director to be filled out and presented to the student

  • A personalized membership card sent to the troupe director for distribution to new inductees

  • Eligibility to serve as a student officer

What are Thespian credentials?

Thespian credentials are documents used to verify Thespian membership. There are three types of Thespian credentials.

Membership certificate

When the home office successfully processes an induction roster, one blank certificate is sent to the troupe director for each new inductee. The troupe director fills out the membership certificate and presents it to the inductee, usually as part of an induction ceremony. Paper stars and honor bars may be added to the membership certificate to symbolize points earned after initial induction.

Membership card

The personalized membership card is considered proof that students have been inducted into the International Thespian Society. 

What use is a Thespian membership card?

$5 admission alumni price to all STMSDA productions.

Membership pin

We will meet periodically throughout the year. Students and officers will decide and plan on different functions (play attendance, charity work, community advocacy, etc.)

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the troupe director, allan_meads@sdst.org

 

https://www.schooltheatre.org/internationalthespiansociety/teachers/troupedirectors/troupehandbook#1d

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