Thespian State Conference - Shenandoah University
Thespian Officers 2022 - 2023
Left to Right:
Treasurer – Mary U.
Clerk – Aaron S.
VA State Representative – Carissa M.
Vice-President – Fortune P.
President – CC S.
Historian – Simon J.
Publicist – Clare S.
Secretary – Kieran W.
Act well your part; there all the honor lies. - Thespian Motto
Troupe #2541 - James Madison HS, May 10 1964
Commitment to theatre is what the International Thespian Society is all about. The Society was established in 1929 and was named the National Thespian Society for Thespis, the ancient Greek who, according to legend, stepped out from the chorus and became the first actor. Their guiding principle was a dedication to excellence in theatre arts in secondary schools. Seventy-one schools became charter members of the society in 1929. By the time the Society had celebrated its fiftieth anniversary, there were 3,190 troupes on its rolls.
At that point, the Society had grown into an international organization with more than a million members and troupes in every state and many foreign countries. Today, the Society sponsors chapter, regional, national, and international conferences where its members can learn more about the art and craft of theatre, perform and see outstanding performances, and audition for scholarships.
Our own troupe here at James Madison was formed on May 10th, 1964. During all these years, the goals of the Thespian Society haven’t changed. It still strives to give young adults a place for outstanding theatre where the standards of excellence in theatre arts will be advanced and to honor those students who do theatre well. And it continues to be guided by the principles of its founders: a belief that participation in the theatre arts is an essential means of widening students’ cultural horizons and enriching their lives.
THE PRESIDENT presides at all meetings, appoints all standing and special committees, and directs and supervises troupe activities.
THE VICE-PRESIDENT presides in the absence of the president and assists Mr. Henderson in the preparation and delivery of the induction ceremony for new members.
THE SECRETARY keeps the records of meetings and attends to troupe correspondence.
THE TREASURER keeps the troupe’s books and pays bills and acts as business manager of Thespian productions.
THE CLERK keeps the point records of all activities: plays, production dates, casts, crews, and work accomplished as provided in the official point system.
THE HISTORIAN keeps a scrapbook of news clippings, posters, programs, etc.
THE PUBLICITY OFFICER manages all publicity duties related to the troupe.
THE STATE REPRESENTATIVE represents MAD Drama at any/all State and International Conferences and helps to arrange participation in those conferences.
Click the image to download Troupe #2541's Constitution.