“The kids were honored just before our production of The Outsiders on opening night, and they were over the moon the rest of the evening. Parents, administrators, and teachers are still talking about it and are very proud to recognize their efforts. Thank you again for sponsoring my students. We are grateful for the investment ITS made in our kids.”
-Jennifer Sorkin, theatre educator and new troupe director at Mira Monte High School in California
Since its launch in September 2016, 20 troupes involving more than 200 students in 10 states have been awarded a New Troupe Charter Grant.
The New Troupe Charter Grants offer financial assistance to underserved Title I schools to create a new middle or high school Thespian troupe and become part of the International Thespian Society (ITS). A student honor organization, ITS honors and recognizes young people who have earned Thespian induction through high-quality work in theatre. Twenty-three percent of all ITS troupes come from Title I schools or schools with a high percentage of low-income students.