International Junior Thespian Honor Society
Commitment to theatre is what the International Thespian Society is all about. The Society was established in 1929 and was named the National Thespian Society for Thespis, the ancient Greek who, according to legend, stepped out from the chorus and became the first actor. Their guiding principle was a dedication to excellence in theatre arts in secondary schools. Seventy-one schools became charter members of the society in 1929. By the time the Society had celebrated its fiftieth anniversary, there were 3,190 troupes on its rolls.
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At that point, the Society had grown into an international organization with more than a million members and troupes in every state and many foreign countries. Today, the Society sponsors chapter, regional, national, and international conferences where its members can learn more about the art and craft of theatre, perform and see outstanding performances, and audition for scholarships.
Our own junior troupe here at Thoreau Middle School was formed on May 15th, 2015. Our Thespian troupe strives to give young adults a place for outstanding theatre where the standards of excellence in theatre arts will be advanced and to honor those students who do theatre well. And it continues to be guided by the principles of its founders: a belief that participation in the theatre arts is an essential means of widening students’ cultural horizons and enriching their lives.
Our constitution outlines the purpose and governance of the International Thespian Society.