Taylor High School's Thespian Troupe 311 is a diverse group of high school actors and technicians with members inducted as early as the end of freshman year and as late as the end of senior year. Governed by guidelines set by the International Thespian Society, Troupe 311's members work toward excellence in all Taylor PlayMakers productions and community activities. After a year of hard work and earning at least ten points, a "class" of incoming Thespians is inducted into the society. Pledging the following, all Thespians are dedicated to "nothing but excellence" in and out of theatre:
"I promise to uphold the aims and ideals of the International Thespian Society. I am a student of theatre and excellence is my ideal. I promise to perform my part as well as I can, to accept praise and criticism with grace, to cooperate with my fellow Thespians and work for the good of the troupe, and to share my love of theatre."
For over 30 years, Taylor Thespians have lived by the Society's motto:
All students active in the Taylor Theatre Department, whether an inducted Thespian Troupe 311 member or not, will earn Thespian Points for their efforts. Hours worked on crews and running shows backstage, as well as roles in shows and hours spent on stage will all earn you points toward induction or rank in the International Thespian Society. The chart below is a guideline listing the number of points you can earn for working various positions in the company and participating in theatre activities.
Many privileges and honors available to Taylor theatre students, like Letter Jackets, are based on their number of Thespian points, so please keep track of your points.
Please note, the point values listed below are awarded in full only for maximum effort. It is at the discretion of the Production Director and/or Technical Director to determine the quality of the work and effort put forth by each student and then assign the appropriate point value earned for that effort.