What is a Thespian?
We have a Thespian troupe at Grady – Troupe #5074. The EdTA (Educational Theatre Association), an international professional association for theatre education invites schools to join their association as Thespian troupes. The name “Thespian” comes from Thespis, a Greek actor that is historically considered to be the first actor. Thespians are therefore following in his footsteps.
Grady’s Thespian troupe was reactivated in 2007. Since then, we have had many milestones, including bringing Incident at San Bajo - the first show ever brought to the Georgia Thespian Conference staged in the round in 2009. Out of the 20+ shows that were presented at the conference, our show was one of two selected by the State to present at the International Thespian Conference. We also had a student win one of five $2000 performance scholarships and another win $2500 in 2015. Over 200 students competed for those scholarships. In 2019, we brought more students to conference and graduated more Honor and National Honor Thespians than we ever have before. In 2010 and 2019, we had students receive a superior from all judges and be invited to International as well. In 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2020 we had two acts receive superior ratings, and in 2015 we had three.
We mention all of this to make you aware of the opportunities that are available to schools that have Thespian troupes. We could just have a drama club, but through the Thespian society students see the bigger picture. They make contacts, take workshops, talk to colleges, and see other schools’ work. As Thespians, students are able to track their achievements throughout high school through a point system and can earn enough in their high school career to be an Honor Thespian, National Honor Thespian, or International Honor Thespian.