What is Thespians?

Topeka West High School, Troupe #3061, is a proud member of the International Thespian Society.

The International Thespian Society (ITS) is a national honor society that honors student achievement in the theatre arts.

To be eligible for induction, a Topeka West High School student must earn ten Thespian points. Thespian points are awarded through involvement in theatre at Topeka West High both on stage and backstage, and various other Thespian activities. Thespian points are recorded and maintained by Mr. McCoy and the and can be shared and monitored via Google Drive, or by seeing Mr. McCoy during Club Time.

When a student earns ten Thespian points they will receive an invitation for induction in the spring.  There is a one-time, lifetime membership fee of $28 to be officially inducted into the International Thespian Society. New Thespians will be recognized at some point during the school year.

If you have any questions, or would like further information about ITS or Thespian induction, contact Mr. McCoy.


State Thespian Conference

This year, Topeka West Thespians will attend the Kansas Thespian Festival at Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center in Wichita, Kansas. You are not required to be an inducted Thespian to go to Conference, but must have at least 10 Thespian qualifying points to attend.

What is the Kansas Thespian Conference?  Each year over 1,200 theatre students from around the state of Kansas attend this three day conference.  Students attending conference will see five productions from high schools around the state, attend workshops conducted by college theatre professors and theatre professionals.  Seniors have the opportunity to visit with representatives from community colleges and universities about their theatre programs, and compete for Thespian scholarships.

The 2017 Kansas Thespian Conference is January 5-7. Registration for the conference is due September 28th. The trip costs $200; this includes lodging for our two night stay in Wichita, and conference registration fee. 

Contact Mr. McCoy or visit the festival website for more information.