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:

Help Send ITA's IHSTF All State Show to the International Thespian Festival!


Illinois Thespians' Nominating Committee is currently seeking active EdTA members (Troupe Directors/Professional Members) to submit an application to be a member of the Illinois Thespian Board of Directors!

See Board positions/duties here.

International Thespian Festival

Monday, June 25 - Saturday, June 30, 2018 University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 68588

September 7-8, 2018

Illinois Thespian Chapter Director:

 Jim Smith


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