International Thespian Society

International Thespian Society

The International Thespian Society has been honoring excellence in the work of theatre students since 1929. Thespian troupes serve students in grades 9 through 12. There are at present active ITS troupes in more than 3,900 high schools and middle schools, mostly in the United States and Canada.

The Society recently inducted its two millionth Thespian. Students earn an invitation to Thespian Society membership on the basis of their achievements in the school’s theatre program.

ITS began at Iolani School in 2008. In just five years, Iolani has inducted more than 90 students. These students play major roles on stage and backstage for IDP productions. They also serve the community with an annual food drive every October.

Over the past five years, students have donated nearly 2,000 pounds of food for the national TOTS-EAT (trick-or-treat so kids can eat) program. Both IHS and the Hawaii Foodbank have visited students to receive our donations and thank the students for their participation.

In addition to a monthly magazine about Theatre (called Dramatics), students also receive a membership card, scholarship opportunities, college information and an invitation to the annual Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Neb.