Activate a Thespian troupe

Learn. Prepare. Act.
Why have a Thespian troupe? How it benefits your theatre program. Student benefits. How does it work?
New Troupe Charter Grants

The school administration must appoint one adult to serve as the official troupe director. That person should submit the online application. Here’s a checklist and some tools to help you gather information you’ll need to charter a new troupe or reinstate a lapsed troupe to active status.

1. Confirm school eligibility.
Your school is eligible to activate a Thespian troupe provided you have a traditional, brick-and-mortar public or private school that provides full academic course work in grades 9-12 and has a theatre program of any kind. Contact our membership team if you have questions about your school's charter eligibility.

2. Obtain authorization and collect required information.
a.) Get administration authorization.
The troupe director and principal must agree to the Terms of membership for ITS troupes, which is included in the Prep kit for Thespian troupe activation.
b.) School, troupe director, and principal information.
An information collection sheet is in the prep kit.
c.) Contact information for new student inductees.
You’ll need each eligible student’s name, mailing address, email address, birthdate, gender, and graduation year. The High school Thespian induction invitation sheet in the prep kit will help you collect that information.

Minimum inductee requirement. At least six inductees are required to charter a new troupe. If you are reinstating a lapsed troupe and don’t already have six active Thespians on your roster, you’ll need to submit enough inductees to meet that minimum requirement with your reinstatement application.

Thespians who have transferred to your troupe do count toward the six minimum. Contact our membership team if you need to transfer Thespians to your troupe to meet the requirement.

3. Arrange payment.
(U.S. currency):

Charter or reinstate fee:   $100
Annual troupe dues:   $100
One time induction fees: $30 per student   $180 (6 minimum)*
Minimum total:   $380 

* Assumes six new inductees are required for reinstatement.

When applying online, you may choose to pay by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club) or official school purchase order.
There isn't an option to pay by check.

Questions? Contact our membership team

Ready to go?
Start application here.


Search for prior school affiliation.
Prep kit for Thespian troupe activation.
Start application here.

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