The Educational Theatre Association and its International Thespian Society branch have been working since 1929 to honor excellence among students of theatre and support the work of theatre educators. Originally focused on theatre in high schools, EdTA has in recent years broadened the scope of its mission to embrace the concept of theatre as an instrument of lifelong learning and has expanded its membership to include students and teachers in middle schools, and college students preparing for careers in theatre education.

 EdTA’s  major branches  and activities:                

 The Educational Theatre Association:The professional association for theatre educators, with more than 4,000 members in the United States, Canada, and overseas, is the premier high school theatre association of its kind.

 The International Thespian Society:The honorary society for high school theatre students has troupes in more than 3,400 North American, Canadian, and Pacific schools and has inducted more than two million members since its founding in 1929.

 Junior Thespians:The middle school branch of the Thespian Society.

 The Educational Theatre Foundation: The philanthropic arm of the Educational Theatre Association provides financial support to enhance excellence in theatre education and to expand access to K-12 school theatre programs for every child.

To donate to the Kelsey Hayward Memorial Scholarship, send checks to: WV Thespians,

182 Maddex Farm Drive, Shepherdstown, WV 25443.


Congratulations to Doug Park, theatre teacher at Parkersburg South High School and Blennerhassett Middle School for winning the award for this year.


Bridgeport High School Troupe 7549 is awarded Bronze Level Honor Troupe for 2020! Congratulations!

Congratulations to students from Grafton High School Troupe 3663 who participated with their Thespys entries at the Virtual International Thespian Festival '20 and received the following ratings:
Rachel Rock: Advanced Publicity: Superior
Rachel Rock: Short Film: Excellent
Fletcher Newell: Advanced Lighting: Excellent
Jamie Dotson: Monologue: Excellent
Riley Moore: Costume Construction: Excellent
Lily Wilson: Stage Design: Excellent
Olivia Bolliger: Stage Management: Good
Gracie Rowand: Special Effects Makeup: Good
Emily Rock: Costume Rendering: The School for Good and Evil
We are proud of our WV Thespians!