Alpha Psi Omega: The National Theatre Honor Society

Alpha Psi Omega: The National Theatre Honor Society

Melissa W.

It’s safe to say that we are all looking forward to things returning to a new normal and having the chance to indulge in some of our favorite indoor activities, like theater! Movie theaters are starting to open back up with restrictions, but in-person theatrical performances are likely to be among one of the last to make their way back due to the indoor and close-seating nature of the productions. We know members of Alpha Psi Omega will be among some of the most excited to be back on the stage entertaining crowds!

Founded in 1925 at Fairmont State University (then, Fairmont State College), Alpha Psi Omega was created “with the aim of encouraging dramatic production at every step in a person’s academic career” after witnessing a growing interest in collegiate dramatic arts across the United States. Members are given the chance to apply for a number of grants and scholarships throughout the year and open the door to endless networking opportunities. 

In order to qualify for membership, students must attend a college/university with an active Alpha Psi Omega chapter and a theatre program. Typically, individual chapters, or “Casts” are responsible for determining eligibility and set their own requirements. Most use a points system related to tasks in theatre, but some accept based on merit alone.

Notable members of Alpha Psi Omega include:

  • Dan Blocker (Bonanza)
  • Jeff Coopwood (Star Trek, Seinfeld)
  • Dan Knotts (The Andy Griffith Show, Three’s Company)
  • Burt Mustin (All in the Family, Leave it to Beaver)
  • Lillian Gish (Broadway)

Alpha Psi Omega has over 600 casts (chapters), making it the largest national honor society in America. You’ll recognize members on graduation day by their amber and light blue honor cords signifying shades of light commonly used in theatre production.

copper amber honor cord from senior class graduation productslight blue honor cord from senior class graduation products

Are you a thespian or a member of Alpha Psi Omega? Let us know in the comments!

 

Cover photo by Gwen O on Unsplash

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