To be eligible for lifetime Junior Thespian membership, students in grades six through eight must attend a school with an active Junior Thespian troupe and complete a sufficient quantity and quality of work in theatre arts. A one-time induction fee is required, and troupes may assess additional participation fees at their discretion. Junior Thespians may earn additional honors for work done after induction. Most Junior Thespian benefits last through the end of grade 8. Graduated students become Junior Thespian alumni and begin their high school careers with half the points needed for Thespian induction.
The International Thespian Society is an honor society for theatre arts students; it is not a secret society or club. Junior Thespians may not be inducted based on election or review by other students. Hazing is prohibited. The troupe constitution and all membership requirements must be readily available to any interested parties, and all troupe proceedings are subject to the rules and oversight of the school administration.
ITS keeps a permanent record of each student’s induction. Junior Thespian point records are kept at the troupe level. Correspondence with the National Office should be directed through the troupe director whenever possible.
Below are links to some of the most
important and useful Junior Thespian membership information from the Junior Thespian Troupe Handbook.
Benefits of induction
Membership cards and certificates
Junior Thespian honor items
Transferring Junior Thespian membership
Junior Thespians graduating to high school programs
Addressing student and parent concerns about the troupe
Revoking Junior Thespian membership