ITS POINTS, MEMBERSHIP, AND HONORS
The International Thespian Society (ITS) is the only organization to honor secondary school students for outstanding work in theatre. The resolution with which the Society approaches this role is evident in its focus on the students; their achievements, involvement, and access to quality theatre arts instruction are basic concerns of ITS.
Thespian membership is granted for the performance of meritorious work in theatre arts which meets the Society's general guidelines. Specifically, students become members by earning points for their work. Any student who has participated in at least two productions for a total of 100 hours of work is eligible for Thespian Society membership.
EdisonDrama students are responsible for recording their activities through the EdisonDrama on-line form. These points are verified by the Troupe Secretary and Theatre Director. One point generally represents 10 hours of excellent work.
To attain TS membership, a student must earn 10 points, 5 of which must be acquired at the school where he or she is to be inducted. Thespian membership is awarded on a democratic basis to all students who qualify according to the requirements of the point system. No student will be elected into the Society. No student will be denied membership if he or she has accumulated the required 10 points and has fulfilled all membership requirements. ITS membership is conferred at the annual EdisonDrama Thespies Awards annually near the end of the school year.
After Thespians have attained membership, further recognition for their outstanding work in theatre arts, including Honors (Theatre Letter) at 60 points, National Thespian Honors at 120 points, and International Thespian Honors at 180 points.
Maximum points are generally recognized by ITS as listed here. Edison's ITS will use its discretion in awarding points from zero to the maximum depending on the type and nature of roles for its seasons' productions and the quality of effort and work accomplished.