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 T H E S P I A N S

International Thespian Troupe #5078
Olathe East High School

What is a Thespian?

Actors and actresses are called thespians in honor of Thespis, a Greek playwright and performer. Around 535 B.C., Thespis added a new dimension to drama by stepping out of the Greek chorus during a performance and reciting portions of the text alone, becoming the first actor. He is also credited with inventing the theatrical mask.

Thespian with an uppercase “T” refers to a member of the International Thespian Society, the world’s largest honor society for theatre students. The designation “Thespian” includes student members who excel in technical and production fields as well as performance in their high school theatre.

Find out more information by visiting the Educational Theatre Association website.​

Benefits of Thespian Induction:


· Membership in the only international honor society      for high school theatre arts students.

· A personalized membership card and certificate.

· A digital subscription to Dramatics magazine.

· Membership in national organizations looks great on  college applications.

· Eligibility for ITS scholarships and grants.

       · Eligibility to audition for college scholarships 

        at the state and national thespian conferences.


 · Eligibility to receive scholarships from the     

       Olathe East Thespian Troupe.

· Eligibility to earn Olathe East Thespian awards, like Best Actor, Best Technician, Best Thespian, and Most Promising Freshman.

· Eligibility to receive Thespian graduation 

       and honor items.

· Eligible to serve on the Olathe East Thespian

       Executive Board

To Be Inducted:

You must have:

      □ 10 total points through Olathe East 



 1 point must be in Technical Theatre through Olathe East Theatre


 1 point must be in Community Service though Olathe East Theatre


How to get Points:


Mainstage: 3-7 points

Play: 3-5 points

Lab: 2-4 points

Repertory Theatre: 2-4 points

One Act: 1-3 points

Technical Theatre:

Mainstage: 3-7 points

Play: 2-5 points

One Act: 1-3 points

Workdays: 0.1 per hour

Community Service:

Orientation: 1 point

TOTSKE: 1 point

Gala: 1 point

Children’s Theatre: 1 point

Car Wash: 1 point

Fundraising: 1 point


State Conference: 3 points

International Conference: 5 points

Thespian Retreat: 2 points

Thespian Officers: 3-4 points

Directing: 2-4 points

Playwriting: 2-4 points

Meetings: 0.1 per

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