Thespian Troupe Membership

Thespian Troupe Membership

As an International Thespian Society troupe director, your connection to the Educational Theatre Association is more than a membership ― it’s a yearlong investment in you and in your students.

Thespian Troupe Membership includes:

  • Lifetime membership in ITS for every student you induct 
  • Access to Thespian programs, events, scholarships, and resources like
  • Participation in the Thespy® Awards, the highest level of achievement in school theatre
  • Ability to induct Junior Thespians and Thespians into the same troupe
  • Professional membership in the Educational Theatre Association for you, providing classroom-ready resources, professional learning, advocacy, and more

Student Recognition

The recognition students gain through induction in ITS signals to colleges and employers their leadership, service, and extracurricular achievements. It gives theatre students the same validation common for sports or academic success. And it’s a valuable asset when recruiting new students to your theatre program ― giving them a distinction to strive for.

Event Access

Thespian festivals provide students and teachers with unparalled learning, recognition, and engagement ― at both the chapter and international levels. Regional and national events offer Thespians a chance to compete for thousands of scholarship dollars, earn commendation through the International Thespian Excellence Awards (Thespys), and audition for hundreds of college theatre programs.

Professional Development

Your troupe renewal comes with our Mentor Match program and full access to Theatre Educator Pro, EdTA’s online learning portal. Whether you’re new to the field or an expert theatre educator, the tools in Theatre Educator Pro help you navigate today’s challenges. They include 30+ interactive Click to Teach lessons, 300+ ready-to-use lesson plans, and tools to incorporate social emotional learning into your curriculum.

Community Support

As a member of EdTA and ITS, you gain access to the most engaged network of theatre educators anywhere, eager to share ideas, collaborate on problem-solving, and offer expertise. Whether through the online forum — 14,000 subscribers strong — or member-exclusives such as your online chapter community, you’ve always got a lifeline at hand.


Thespian Troupe Member Testimonials


Has your program been challenged by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic? We're here to help.

  • Unsure how to qualify inductions for new Thespians? Explore recommendations that give you the flexibility you need to grow your troupe.
  • Worried about falling below the minimum threshold for active Thespians? You have a full year from the time of charter to meet the six-student minimum. Note that you can now induct Junior Thespians and Thespians into the same troupe! 
  • Struggling to get funds approved in time to pay your troupe dues? Check out resources to help you sustain your program.

Questions? Contact us at 513-421-3900, ext. 1 or