WHAT IS IT?
The International Thespian Society (ITS) is a worldwide organization that reaches out to assist all actors, performers, and technical wizards in their growth and journey towards producing productions. Founded in 1929, the Society serves as a means of encouraging student personal and professional growth. It seeks to support the growth of each student involved through Honor Ranking, Awards, and even Scholarships. Students in good standing work to earn points through showing their dedication towards the advancement of their craft. That dedication in turn allows for students to be a part of the 135,000 student and teacher members across all 50 states, and 13 countries. Furthermore, the Society offers students impactful validation to colleges and employers showcasing their leadership, service, and extracurricular achievements.
WHO CAN JOIN?
ANY student who has an interest in performing arts. AYALA Troupe 5173 is unique as not only seek out persons who already qualify (100 hours of theatre/performance work) but make ourselves available for the student seeking their own realization of their potential. We are looking to connect with all students who want to eventually be a part of the ITS, to help them through their accumulation of hours, and to be here to assist their achieving of their goals.
Students who display an interest DO NOT have to be enrolled in any Theatre classes at AYALA. Participation in all three Main Stage Productions will (in most cases) provide the necessary 100 hours (10 POINTS) to be inducted into the ITS.
Additionally, up to 50 hours (5 POINTS) may be used from outside school/community productions.
WHAT DOES IT COST?
To be inducted, once the 100 service hours are validated, a one-time due of $35.00 is to be paid. This is a one-time due (good for all years 9-12 on one payment). Payment comes with a certificate of induction, a ceremonious pin, and a membership card to the Society. It also enables the student to be eligible for all benefits of the Society, from events to professional development opportunities, and consideration for scholarships.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Inclusion in the ITS brings theatre students “the same validation common for sports or academic success” in consideration from employees and colleges. Members of ITS are eligible to compete and showcase in “Reginal and national events [that] offer Thespians a chance to compete for thousands of scholarship dollars, earn commendation through the International Thespian Excellence Awards, and audition for hundreds of college theatre programs.”
Additionally, members gain invaluable leadership experience in the form of serving as elected officers. Officer positions include president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and historian, with additional options of webmaster, theatre advocacy chair, and publicity chair if added into the specific troupe’s constitution.
Directly from the ITS Handbook:
WHAT ARE THE RANKS OF MEMBERS?
HOW ARE POINTS COUNTED?
Simply: 1 point = 10 hours of dedicated work within a theatre/production
Thespian point system summary--INDUCTION.
Once a student has been inducted (initial 10 points), they are able to earn additional points, determined in marked value by the specific troupe director, based on their involvement in each production, on stage AND off stage. Students are able to earn double points if they take on additional responsibilities (ex: “Acting Role Lead = x points” and “Stage Manager = y points” then if one student, during one production serves as both—and accounts for the proper amount of hours of dedicated work, then student can earn x+y points).
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
M. Nieblas will be making announcements in each class, as well as to the Ayala Drama Club, and the cast/crew of the Main Stage Production. Those students who are already eligible will receive invitations to consider becoming a Member. Additional students who are interested in becoming a Member, but will not be eligible until the end of the year, are encouraged to reach out to the Troupe’s director, president, or fellow Members. We will each work together to continue to inspire and guide those interested in joining at a later date.
M. Nieblas and the Ayala Booters are also planning a Q and A to take place on Zoom to go over any additional questions or concerns. Please stay posted or email M. Nieblas to gain further information.
For all questions, please email M. Nieblas at Michael_nieblas@chino.k12.ca.usor refer to the Thespian Troupe Handbook at https://www.schooltheatre.org/internationalthespiansociety/teachers/troupedirectors/troupehandbook#5c
We hope you give serious consideration to joining our Troupe and becoming a part of the next wave of creative voices.
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