You may be wondering, “what is the Thespian Society?” I am happy to let you know that the International Thespian Society honors junior high and high school students who have dedicated numerous hours to advancing theater arts. Students involved in any Christian Life Preparatory School drama production earn points for their efforts and in relation to the role that they played. Actors, technical designers, crew and even ushers earn points toward induction into the Society. Once a student has earned ten points they are eligible for induction. We will hold an induction ceremony, much like the ceremony for the National Honor Society, where students’ achievements in drama will be highlighted. This date is to be determined. I was inducted into the International Thespian Society in 1995 and thoroughly enjoyed the distinction as a recognized actress above other students who just took theater as a class credit. I lettered in theater three times and was happy to add my Thespian patch to my letterman jacket and wear my Thespian regalia at my high school graduation. Students who earn 40 Thespian points will letter in Theater and will be able to purchase a CLPS Letterman jacket to treasure. Benefits of Thespian induction Membership in the only international honor society for high school theatre arts students—a recognized demonstration of achievement and a valuable addition to college and employment applications
An official Thespian induction pin
A personalized membership certificate and membership card
Log-in access to his or her member homepage and a variety of online benefits
A one-year (nine issues) subscription to the print edition of Dramatics magazine (a $30 value). They may also renew at a special member rate. ($15 as of 8/1/15).
Log-in access to Dramatics Digital from induction through the year following graduation
A bumper sticker that reads: Proud parent of a theatre arts honor student
Special member pricing on theatre books and digital media through the online EdTA Store
Thespian-level access to the Theatre Education Community
Leadership opportunities at the troupe, chapter, and national levels
Eligibility for scholarships, grants, and awards through EdTA and its chapters. See schooltheatre.org/ags.
Eligibility to audition at the Thespian Festival for admission to college theatre programs, submit original plays to the Thespian Playworks program, audition for chapter Individual Events programs and qualify for the National Individual Events Showcase (NIES). See schooltheatre.org/festival.
Eligibility to receive additional Thespian honors, including graduation and honor items, advancement through Thespian honor ranks, and Thespian scholar distinction.