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.


7th Annual Illinois High School Ten Play Festival

Guidelines for the submission:

  • Current Illinois high school students only; Classes of 2020-2023
  • Multiple submissions per author are accepted
  • Submissions with multiple authors will be accepted as long as every author is eligible
  • We are looking for a 10-minute play, which is usually 8-13 pages [if you’re not sure, read your play aloud and allow for nonverbal action]
  • No maximum characters, but keep in mind we only choose plays we can produce
  • Submit a standard format PDF with no identifiers on the title page or in the script.
  • The performance of the show will occur during our New Play Festival on April 3-4, 2020.  For more information contact Marty Lynch at martyl@eureka.edu


Upcoming Events:

Eureka College 
(Deadline is October 31, 2019)

International Thespian Excellence Awards (THESPYS)

 (formerly I.E.s)

Registration Due December 15, 2019

ITA's Illinois High School Theatre Fest
45th Annual IHSTF
January 9-11
Illinois State University, Normal, IL

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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