Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is a Thespian?
A: A Thespian is a term for an actor (or theatre person). This name comes from Thespis, the first actor in Greek Theatre.
Q: What is the International Thespian Society?
A: The International Thespian Society is an honorary organization for secondary students in the United States, Canada and abroad. The mission of ITS is to honor student excellence in the theater arts; its motto is, "Act well your part; there all the honor lies." After induction ITS is named on your transcript.
Q: How do I become a Thespian?
A: To become a Thespian, a student must accumulate 10 Thespian points. Each Thespian point equals 10 hours of work (either on or off stage). Some positions/roles are worth a certain amount of points. At the end of each school year, students may submit a list of their work (not just hours) to the AHS Theatre Director to be tallied for induction into the International Thespian Society Troupe 3105 (Allen High). The Allen Induction ceremony takes place during the Theatre Awards Ceremony. In order to be inducted, your first 10 points must be in AHS Theatre. After induction any work in performance can be awarded points to achieve Honor Thespian or Double/Triple Honor Thespian.
Q: How can I get Thespian points?
A: All productions in the Allen High School Theatre Department offer points for Thespianship.
Q: Are parents invited to the end of the year awards show/thespian induction?
A: Absolutely! We invite all friends and family to attend the induction/awards show and support our talented students.
Q: What is the attire for the awards show/thespian induction?
A: Dressy. We suggest 'Sunday best', many enjoy wearing prom or homecoming attire. Allen ISD dress code is enforced.
Q: How can I attend Texas Thespian Convention?
A: Be an inducted Thespian, in good standing with the AHS theatre program and academically eligible to participate in UIL extracurricular events.