Troupe Membership

Every youth actor or crew member begins the troupe as a participant.

Participants are eligible for membership after:

  1. Completion of two full sessions (ex. Fall and Winter).
  2. Accumulation of 30 points (at least 10 points must come from community improvement participation).
  3. Participate in at least 2 UTA fundraisers per year, per family.

Membership Benefits

To be eligible for promotion at each level, members must:

  1. Fulfill the points requirements (see points system below).
  2. Participate in at least 2 UTA fundraisers per year. 
  3. Participate in at least 2 UTA community improvement projects 

Troupe Level Badges

4 levels – Novice, Apprentice, Journeyman, Master 

Members can accumulate points from any variety of categories under each level (additional theatre work will also be considered). However, point values per asterisked categories are required at each level. See below for point categories and examples. Points are equivalent to hours with the exception of fundraising. Each fundraising item is given a point value.

Troupe Novice (Bronze) – 50-75 points

Ex.

  • *10 hours of Community Improvement (10 points)
  • Script Writing (length)- Writing  (3 points)
  • Lighting and Tech – Intern (2 points)
  • *Memorization 3 cumulative, 30- second monologues (10 points)
  • *Fundraising (30 points per family)
  • Stage Presence – Beginner (10 points)
  • Public Speaking – Beginner (10 points)
  • *Attendance

Troupe Apprentice (Silver) – 76-100 points

Ex.

  • *20 hours of Community Improvement (20 points)
  • Script Writing – Scribe (7.5 points)
  • Lighting and Tech – Protege (7.5 points)
  • *Memorization 7 cumulative, 30- second monologues (20 points)
  • *Fundraising (30 points family)
  • Stage Presence (7.5 points)
  • Public Speaking (7.5 points)
  • *Attendance

Troupe Journeyman (Gold) – 101-125 points

Ex.

  • *25 hours of Community Improvement (25 points)
  • Script Writing – Playwright (12.5 points)
  • Lighting and Tech – Engineer/Assistant (12.5 points)
  • *Memorization 3, 60- second monologues (25 points)
  • *Fundraising (30 points family)
  • Stage Presence (10 points)
  • Public Speaking (10 points)
  • *Attendance

Troupe Master (Platinum) – 126 points and higher

Ex.

  • *50 hours of Community Improvement (40 points)
  • Script Writing – Screenwriter (15 points)
  • Lighting and Tech – Engineer/Producer (15 points)
  • *Memorization 3, 90- second monologues (30 points)
  • *Fundraising (30 points family)
  • Stage presence (12.5 points)
  • Public Speaking (12.5 points)
  • *Attendance

*Community improvement points must include at least two UTA community projects at each level. Attendance can only contribute to half of the points required to advance to the next troupe level. 

Thespian Induction

Upward Thrive Academy, Inc. is a member of the International Thespian Society (Troupe# 10110); a middle and high school honors association, and our troupe is facilitated by Thespian Alumni.

The minimum eligibility requirement for induction into the International Thespian Society is one hundred hours of quality work in theatre arts and related disciplines.

50 hours are required for induction as a junior thespian in the International Thespian Society. Junior Thespian status is for students in grades 6-8.

Ultimately, by becoming a member of Actin’ Up Theatre Troupe, youth are able to earn a plethora of achievement awards in addition to becoming a thespian. Such awards help to validate versatility in theatre.

Fundraising is not counted towards thespian points with the exception of participation in a UTA theatre fundraising event.