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New Troupe Charter Grants increase access to theatre opportunities

“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.

test captionCharter a Thespian troupe: Smiling faces of brand new Thespians holding certificates that say they are the founding members of their school's first-ever Thespian troupe.

The founding members of Troupe 8445 at W.P. Davidson High School in Mobile, AL at their Thespian induction ceremony. Being a Thespian means working hard, being honored for your achievements, and having access to a wide variety of learning opportunities.

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.

Three Thespians show off the medals they earned for their superior performances at the International Thespian Festival. Being a Thespian means working hard, being honored for your achievements, and having access to a variety of learning opportunities.

Three Texas Thespians show off the medals they earned for their superior performances at the International Thespian Festival, held annually in Lincoln, NE. Thespians from across the country come to ITF to share their talents and their achievements.