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.

Meet the Illinois Thespians Board of Directors 2022 Candidates!

It's that time of year, and we need you to vote for our 2022 Illinois Thespian Board of Directors.  

CLICK HERE to view our candidate profiles!

After reading the profiles, please cast your ballot HERE.

We still have 3 open positions if ANYONE is interested in applying.  The three positions include Next Generation Director, Honor Troupe Director, and Junior Thespian Director. 

If interested in apply, you can fill out THIS APPLICATION.


Contact Jim Smith (jsmith@illinoisthespians.org) or  Anna McSweeney (anna@illinoisthespians.org)

Illinois Thespian Board of Directors:

Chapter Director

 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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