Student Leadership

Student Leadership

Student leadership training courses will be offered Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the 2019 International Thespian Festival (ITF). Delegates will attend leadership workshops taught by the current International Thespian Officers (ITO) and participate in electing next year’s ITO board. Pre-registration is required to attend.

ITO are student leaders from across the nation who represent the student voice of the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) and the International Thespian Society (ITS). ITO will be elected at ITF, and the ITO Chair position will be selected at the upcoming EdTA Leadership Summit on July 17-19, 2019.

ITO travel across the country to chapter Thespian festivals, averaging seven to 15 trips in a one-year term, with expenses covered by EdTA. At these events, ITO serve as the national, student representatives of EdTA and ITS. They promote campaigns such as the Minute-to-Give It fundraiser for the Send-a-Troupe to Thespian Festival program. They also nurture strong student leadership in each Thespian chapter by facilitating leadership and advocacy workshops and mentoring Thespians from that chapter.

Are you interested in being considered for an ITO position? Click here to go to the ITO application and watch the informational video that explains ITO in greater detail.