(ITO) International Thespian Officer Application
The International Thespians Officers (ITO) are six student leaders, from across the nation, who represent the student voice in the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA). These officers work year round with EdTA employees, State Thespian Board Volunteers, and Thespians from across the world to advocate for the theatre arts and create the best experience possible for students. There are six ITO positions that will be elected at the International Thespian Festival in June. An ITO Chair will be selected at the Leadership Summit (July 17-19, 2019).
The ITO travel across the country, averaging anywhere between 7-15 trips over the course of a one-year term, for meetings and to serve as EdTA representatives at various state Thespian festivals. When attending these festivals, the ITO have many responsibilities, including representing the student voice and face of ITS and EdTA, promoting EdTA campaigns such as the “Minute to Give It” fundraiser for the Send A Troupe to Thespian Festival program, promoting a strong leadership model, facilitating leadership and advocacy workshops, and making connections with many Thespians from that state. Expenditures associated with ITO service are covered by EdTA. When not traveling, the ITO are expected to keep social media platforms updated, actively participate in regular conference calls with their fellow officers and EdTA staff, and dedicate time and hard work to various ITO projects and initiatives.
Throughout their term, International Thespian Officers must be professional, personable, and resilient. The ITO demonstrate these characteristics in a multitude of ways including respectfully working with adults, attentively participating in all conference calls, promptly writing and answering emails, confidently addressing groups, and effectively leading workshops. Meanwhile, they must maintain a positive attitude as they spread their passion for Thespians. This includes maintaining a professional approach to personal social media accounts and other public points of expression. Finally, all ITO must be flexible throughout the process of their term and must be willing to directly address any issues, failures, or mistakes in order to move past them with their board collectively. As a member of a team, each ITO is accountable to their fellow board members and the International Thespian Society.
Required trips for the ITO include:
• Broadway Cares/Equity Fights A.I.D.S. Flea Market in NYC September 2019 (dates TBA)
• EdTA’s Annual Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. July 15-19, 2019
• EdTA Home Office meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio February 15-18, 2020
• Advocacy Days March 2020 (dates TBA)
• International Theatre Festival in Bloomington, Indiana June 22-27, 2020
• EdTA’s Annual Leadership Summit in Seattle, Washington July 2020 (dates TBA)
• An average of 6-8 State Thespian Events attended throughout their term
To run for ITO, one must currently be a Sophomore or Junior in high school, in good academic standing, an inducted Thespian, have previously attended their state event, and be registered to attend the morning leadership training workshops at the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska. All interested candidates and elected ITO must understand that failure to fulfill any of the above expectations and requirements may result in immediate removal from office.
The deadline to apply is April 1 at 11:59 pm PST