Frequently Asked Questions
What is ITS?: ITS is the International Thespian Society and is THE honor society for students of theatre. ITS includes students and professionals from around the world.
How do I join?: Membership in ITS is by invitation only. To receive an invitation, students must have completed a minimum of 100 hours of theatre work (acting, technical, or any combination) and have a minimum weighted GPA of 3.0. Invitations go out each year in April and inductions are held at the Pony Awards in May.
Is there a cost to join? Students who accept their invitation pay a one-time induction fee of $35.
What are the benefits?: You get a membership certificate, leadership opportunities with the troupe and opportunities to show off your talent and meet new people who understand what it’s all about.
Is it just for actors? No! ITS recognizes the many skills needed to produce quality theatre. You may earn hours toward members through acting, technical work, or any combination of the two.
What leadership opportunities are available? The different officers are all responsible for different tasks. President-plans meetings and coordinates events. Vice President-plan events and assist the president and are able to step in when the president is not present. Secretary- keeps up with points of thespians and shares any necessary communications with memberships. Treasurer- prepares festival registrations, manages fundraisers, and promotes funds. Historian- keeps up with social media and takes pictures. The officers are the leaders of the club and often have meetings to plan and discuss upcoming events. All members of ITS will have meetings all together at times.
Is there a lot of traveling? We LOVE to travel and have as many varied experiences as possible. Travel to shows and festivals is a perk of membership, but it is not a requirement.
Does it look good for college? Yes! Membership in ITS shows commitment, service, and academic achievement that colleges look for in future students.
How does competing work? There are 3 stages. Regionals, States, and Nationals. You can do 0-2 performances in - Group Acting/Singing, and solo acting/singing. They will be scored by rubric
What do I do at the festivals? You can compete, watch our or other troupes, and go to workshops with professionals in acting, singing, dancing, tech, and more
Are there good memories made? “One of the most fun I have ever had in my life is going to the State competition. From competing among some of the best talents in the state, and hanging out with friends” - Ty Yandle - Class of 2023