Welcome to Illinois Thespians!

Welcome to the Illinois State Thespians Home Page! The International Thespian Society was established in 1929 by a group of college and high school teachers in Fairmont, West Virginia. They named their organization for Thespis, the Greek who, according to legend, was the first actor. Their guiding principle was a dedication to excellence in theatre arts in secondary schools. In the years since, the Society has grown into an international organization with more than a million members. But its goals have not changed. The Thespian Society still strives to make schools a place for good theatre and to honor those students who do it well.

Upcoming Events:

Teacher SOCIAL Hour

Please consider joining us Thursday, September 17 at 5:30 for a short social hour with guest presentation, Andy Sinclair, a teacher and theatre director at Niles West High School.  

First, we will spend some time socializing with other teachers.  Then, we will learn about NWHS’s thespian production, a virtual sketch comedy show called “Niles West Theatre Saves The World”.  Feel free to watch their production here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8q3hjqoYoi4&feature=youtu.be

If you’re interested in joining us Thursday, please register ahead of time using this link: 



After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Illinois Thespian Board of Directors:

 Jim Smith
Chapter Director

Victor Pilolla
 Financial Director

 Anna McSweeney
Communications Director

Kelleen Nitsch
Student Leadership Director

James Crow

Carmel DeStefano
Individual Events Director

Joselyn Ludtke
Playworks Director

Karen Pionke
Jr. Con Director 


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