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International Thespians Society: Actors and actresses are called thespians in honor of Thespis, a Greek playwright and performer. 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. 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.

The International Thespian Society has been honoring excellence in the work of theatre students since 1929. Thespian troupes serve students in grades nine through twelve, and students earn an invitation to Thespian Society membership on the basis of their achievements in the school’s theatre program. This club is a nationally recognized honor society not unlike NHS, although participation in the arts rather than grades is the determining factor. Students will receive honor chords, scholarship opportunities, awards, and resume building based on their participation in this club.

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