Thespians and Drama Club

Taken from the EdTA’s official documentations and adjusted for Lincoln East High School

The International Thespian Society (ITS) is the honor society for secondary school theatre students. Membership is granted for the performance of meritorious work in theatre arts that meets the Society’s general guidelines.

Students meet one important induction requirement by earning Thespian points. These are awarded based on the quality and quantity of work they perform in theatre and related disciplines. “Quality” may include the caliber of the work done and the educational value of the experience. The “Official High School Thespian Point System” provides recommended guidelines for awarding points. Troupes may adopt changes to the point system to meet the unique needs of the school’s theatre arts program and its students. Approved changes must be codified in the troupe constitution and bylaws and shared with all theatre students.

Troupe directors must notify theatre arts program participants that records of their activities will be maintained and that Thespian membership may be conferred when qualifications have been met. The troupe director makes the final decision regarding the awarding of Thespian points. The “Scribes” are responsible for maintaining point records, but individual students should be entering their earned points in a timely manner

The following are general guidelines for the awarding of Thespian points:

  • Inductees must earn 10 points, 5 of which should be awarded for work done at the school where he or she will be inducted.
  • In general, 1 point represents approximately 10 hours of excellent work.
  • Induction points should be earned through participation in at least two productions.
  • Induction points should be earned in at least two of the listed categories, for example, acting and production (however, it is okay for a techie to work in two different areas of production, i.e. lights and stage management)
  • Thespian membership will be made available on an equitable basis to all students who qualify. No student will be elected into the Society. No student will be denied membership if he or she has accumulated the required 10 points and has fulfilled all membership requirements. Eligible students are invited to join the International Thespian Society. Induction invitation cards are available from the EdTA home office. Students should be informed of the cost of the one-time induction fee and date/site of the induction ceremony. No hazing of student candidates is permitted. Troupe directors induct students by submitting their names, contact information, and induction fees to the EdTA home office. Induction ceremonies are local celebrations of induction. Ceremonies ranging from the very informal to formal styles are described in the “Ceremonies” document available on the EdTA website.

Troupe directors can recognize exceptional Thespians after induction by awarding Thespians for each additional points earned. Additional Thespian honor ranks are awarded at 60 and 100 points. The “Thespian Honor Rank Summary” chart on the following page outlines the basic system.