About ITS

EdTA China is a branch of Educational Theatre Association, America’s oldest and largest theatre education organization supporting teachers and students who are passionate about drama. ITS, International Thespian Society, is the world’s largest honor society recognizing excellence and achievement in middle and high school theatre students. More than 2 million students have been inducted into ITS since its beginning in 1929. The mission of ITS is to honor student achievement in the theatre arts. High school inductees are known as “Thespians” and junior high/middle school inductees are known as “Junior Thespians.” Through their EdTA China membership, ITS and Junior ITS students have access to theatre publications, college auditions, scholarship money, study abroad opportunities, and countless other young people with similar interests.

Membership benefits

Benefits of Thespian induction include:

  • Membership in the theatre honor society -- a valuable addition to college and employment applications
  • One-year (nine issues) log-in access to the online digital edition subscription of Dramatics magazine (a $30 value)
  • Thespian-level access to the EdTA online theatre education Community, including the Student-to-Student Community
  • Leadership opportunities at the troupe, chapter, and international levels
  • A membership certificate
  • A personalized membership card
  • Eligibility for scholarships through EdTA chapters and the National Office
  • Eligibility to audition at the Thespian Festival for admission to college theatre programs
  • Eligibility to submit original plays to the Thespian Playworks program
  • Eligibility to audition for chapter Individual Events programs and qualify for the National Individual Events Showcase (NIES) at the Thespian Festival
  • Eligibility to receive Thespian graduation and honor items (honor cords, guards, point stars, pins, etc.)
  • Eligibility to receive Thespian scholar distinction for academic achievement


In addition to an ITS membership looking excellent on college-bound students’ university applications, thespians get exclusive access to EdTA endorsedscholarships.

EdTA awards various schools and people for exceptional achievement in drama education including Thespian of the year. For a full listing of awards, see the EdTA website.

EdTA China in connection with EdTA awards grants on a financial need basis or students pursuing a career in theatre education. Students can apply online for an EdTA grant.
Link: http://www.schooltheatre.org/membership/ags/grants