The Thespian Society has inducted more than two million students since it was founded in 1929. If they were all gathered in a single place, it would be the fourth largest city in the United States, bigger than Houston, not quite the size of Chicago. Chances are it would have a few more professional actors and other show business folks than might be expected for a town of two million. More significantly, the Thespian citizens who followed a path that took them out of the theatre after they left high school would, on average, speak with more confidence than their non-Thespian counterparts, present themselves with more poise, measure a two-by-four with more accuracy, and always start a cross on their upstage foot.
Emmy-winning actor John Goodman
Roseanne, Barton Fink, The Big Lebowski, Monsters Inc., Argo, Inside Llewyn Davis
Affton High School, St. Louis, 1971
To learn more about John Goodman's experience as a Thespian, check out staff member Greg Bossler's blog.
Here’s a partial listing of some Thespians who have distinguished themselves in their professional lives on stage and film.