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:




Illinois Thespians will be hosting our annual event LEAD CON (formally known as TALENT) on  Sept. 25th-  Fondulac Park District Facilities in East Peoria.  (201 Veterans Dr. East Peoria, IL 61611)

The goal of Lead Con is to help our thespian troupes rebuild.  This event will provide a keynote speaker and several creative breakout sessions where your students can meet and discuss how to build our troupe's membership.  

Check in will begin at 9:30 am and the day will conclude by 3:30pm.


Register TODAY!

TEACH CON (2021 EdTA Illinois Annual Conference)

We are super excited to announce our upcoming event, TEACH CON, an EdTa Illinois Annual Conference!!  

When:  Saturday, October 2, 2021 9am-4pm

Where:  West Leyden High School, 1000 Wolf Road, Northlake, IL

Cost:  $15(members) / $20(non-members) -- includes lunch after-event cocktail hour

What: Sessions will include methods of scenic painting, directing and managing a troupe during a pandemic, encouraging student leadership, working with local grade schools to build a Junior Thespian program, information regarding Thespy and Next Generation participation, and International Thespian Festival. Teachers are encouraged to bring their ideas, questions, and energy.

Lunch and an after-event cocktail hour at the Underpass Cafe will be provided as part of the registration.


Please visit:  https://myedta.schooltheatre.org/NC__Login

BEFORE logging on, look to the upper right hand corner, and click on "Upcoming Events".  There you will see the following event:  2021 EdTA Illinois Annual Conference.  Click to view the event and follow the prompts!

Let us know if you have any questions!!

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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