Thespian Troupe #6069 Constitution

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Adopted: September 1, 2009

Article I: Name, Purpose, and Governance

Section 1: Name: This organization shall be called Troupe #6069.  The troupe has been chartered by Hebron High School.  The charter affiliates it with the International Thespian Society (ITS), a division of the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA).

Section 2: Purpose: The troupe is the honors component of the school’s theatre program.  Its purpose shall be the advancement of standards of excellence in theatre.  More specifically, the troupe will encourage students to attain a better mastery of theatre arts and will reward those who achieve it with induction into the troupe.  Thespians achieving honor ranks shall receive recognition of their exemplary accomplishment.

Section 3: Governance: This troupe constitution and its bylaws are two components of a hierarchy of documents that govern the Educational Theatre Association and its membership.  The documents affecting troupes, in order of authority are:

  1. the Educational Theatre Association Code of regulations and Membership Policy
  2. the troupe handbooks
  3. the troupe constitution and bylaws

This constitution may not be altered in any way that conflicts with a super ceding document, school policy, or school procedure.

Article II: Organization and Officers

Section 1: Membership: Membership is achieved by complying with all induction criteria as defined in the troupe handbook.  The ITS Thespian Point System is the official guideline for awarding induction points.  Any changes to induction criteria, including the Thespian point system, must be doped as a troupe bylaw.

Section 2: Officers: The Thespian troupe shall have the following officers: President, Vice President, Secretary, Media Coordinator, Community Outreach, Historian, and Parliamentarian.  Duties of offices shall be defined in the Troupe 6069 Officer Constitution.

Section 3: Elections: The troupe shall elect officers for the next school year in the last full month of the current school term.

Article III: Meetings and Participation

Section 1: Meetings: Thespian troupe meetings shall be held monthly throughout the school year.  Special meetings may be called by the troupe director, any officer, or by a quorum of thespians.

Section 2: Quorum: A quorum shall be a majority of the troupe’s active membership.

Section 3: Denial of participation: Any Thespian who causes deliberate dissension or disruption of any production or business meeting may be denied participation in troupe activities by a vote of two-thirds of the troupe’s membership and the consent of the troupe director.  Any member requesting reinstatement of participation rights may have them restored with the consent of the troupe director and two-thirds of the troupe’s membership.

Article IV: Dues and Fees

Section 1: Dues: There shall be no mandatory dues for Thespian induction except as provided by the Educational Theatre Association Board of Directors.

Section 2: Fees: Troupes may approve additional fees for local Thespian troupe participation.  This requires consent of the troupe director and a two-thirds vote of the active troupe members at a regular troupe meeting.  The school and its troupe director may also assess user fees in accordance with school policy.

Article V: Bylaws

Section 1: Purpose: Bylaws provide additional guidance for the governance and operations of the troupe.  No bylaw may be in conflict with the EdTA Code of Regulations, EdTA policies, troupe handbook, troupe constitution, school policy, or school procedure.

Section 2: Adoptions and amendments: The troupe director may adopt or amend bylaws as deemed appropriate.  Bylaws may also be added or amended by approval of a simple majority of the troupe and the consent of the troupe director.

Section 3: Attendance:

  • Regular after-school meetings will begin at 3:45 pm.  Changes will be posted by 2 pm the day of the meeting.
  • Irregular attendance indicates a lack of interest; therefore, any member absent from four (4) meetings or arriving late or leaving early eight (8) times per school year without a written excuse submitted to the secretary, stage manager, or troupe director shall be automatically suspended from troupe activities.  The troupe director has the sole authority to reverse the suspension
  • Attendance shall be considered in the Thespian points award system.
  • Absences shall accumulate for only one school year at a time.

Section 4: Thespian Points:

  • Induction points must be earned over the course of more than one production.  In years when there is only one production, this requirement is waived.
  • Induction points will be awarded for theatre-related work done outside the school’s theatre program.  To qualify for points, a copy of the program or other verification must be provided.
  • One induction point may be earned for attending non-school productions.  To qualify, a ticket stub or a program must be provided as proof of attendance.  A critique of the show (two page minimum) must be submitted within one week of the production.

Section 5: Induction:

  • An Induction Ceremony shall be held at least once each year.  Additional ceremonies may be held as often as deemed necessary by the troupe director.
  • Induction fees are the responsibility of the inductee.  The troupe will pay for induction pins and other honor items.
  • The troupe director determines the time, place, schedule, and format of induction ceremonies.
  • The troupe director and President conduct inductions.  The Vice President is responsible for training induction ceremony speakers, scheduling and rehearsing said speakers, and preparing the stage and induction properties as directed by the troupe director.

Section 6: Officers

  • Duties: The troupe officer duties are defined in the officer constitution.
  • Requirements for all elected officers are as follows: each student must be an active member of the troupe for at least once school year, and (at the time of election) must be enrolled as either a Sophomore or a Junior at Hebron High School.
  • Officers will be elected by a majority vote.
  • Elections will be conducted at the May troupe meeting for the next school year.
  • Voting will be done by secret written ballot at an official troupe meeting.
  • Three members including one officer may request a recall election of all or any elected officers.  This request must be submitted to the troupe director in writing, and state the need for such an election.  A special meeting will be scheduled within five school days upon receipt of the request for the purpose of voting on whether or not a recall election is necessary.  Two-thirds of the membership is required to mandate a recall election.  If a recall election is necessary, election of officers will follow the procedures set in the above section.
  • Officers shall be installed at the last social or program meeting of the school term.

Section 7: Troupe Activities

  • The troupe is not a secret organization.  All interested faculty, students, parents, Honorary Thespians, troupe alumni, and administrators are welcome at troupe meetings.
  • At least one meeting or special event of troupe #6069 shall include an open invitation to all students for the purpose of playing theatre games and creating improvisations.
  • The troupe shall sponsor at least one “good neighbor” program a year for the purpose of establishing good relationships with nearby Thespian and Junior Thespian troupes and other dramatic groups.
  • The troupe shall cooperate with all other departments and clubs in the school in helping with their progams in any way it can.

Article VI: Amendments

Section 1: Exclusions: Article I may not be amended.

Section 2: Procedure: Articles other than Article I may be amended by approval of two-thirds of the troupe’s active membership with the consent of the troupe director.  This constitution and its amendments shall be subject to change according to any or all requirements of the International Thespian Society.