High school students can earn membership in EdTA’s student honorary, the International Thespian Society, the only international honor society for high school and middle school theatre arts students.
Members of ITS, called Thespians, receive EdTA’s publication, Dramatics
, a monthly magazine that features new plays, practical articles on acting, directing, design, production, and profiles of working theatre professionals. In December, Dramatics
releases a directory of college theatre programs
to help the aspiring Thespian make the transition to college. Thespians also receive member pricing on resources and Thespian spirit items
Throughout the year, Thespians participate in chapter events with others from across their state. Each summer, Thespians from all over the country take part in the annual Thespian Festival
. Thespians see some of the best high school theatre on the Festival main stage while also sampling a variety of workshops
in everything from dance to acting to mime to commedia. Also at the Festival are colleges and universities
scouting potential students. Between shows, Festival attendees can wander among the booths and even schedule a time to audition
for schools and scholarships.
EdTA also hands out many scholarships
, and awards
to students every year.
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