Aims and Purpose
ALPHA PSI OMEGA was organized as a theatre honor society for the purpose of providing acknowledgement to those demonstrating a high standard of accomplishment in theatre and, through the expansion of ALPHA PSI OMEGA among colleges and universities, providing a wider fellowship for those interested in theatre. The society is not intended to take the place of any regular theatre clubs or producing groups, but as students qualify they may be rewarded by election to membership in this society.
This booklet is intended to serve as a source of information for members of the society. Secondly, it will place before those interested in theatre the goals of ALPHA PSI OMEGA and demonstrate what can be accomplished to stimulate interest in college and university theatre by an honor society whose goal is fellowship and service.
We, the members of ALPHA PSI OMEGA, in order to develop talents in all aspects of theatre, to foster the cultural values we believe theatre develops, and to encourage cooperation and collaboration among member chapters, do hereby form and establish this constitution of THE ALPHA PSI OMEGA NATIONAL THEATRE HONOR SOCIETY.
ARTICLE I – Name and Classification
SECTION 1. The name of this organization shall be the ALPHA PSI OMEGA NATIONAL THEATRE HONOR SOCIETY.
SECTION 2. The name of this honor society, ALPHA PSI OMEGA, may be employed only in connection with the official activities of a chapter or the national organization. Special permission for the use of said name may be granted only by the National Office.
SECTION 3. ALPHA PSI OMEGA NATIONAL THEATRE HONOR SOCIETY is solely an undergraduate society at four-year colleges and universities.
ARTICLE II – Membership
SECTION 1. Colleges and universities of recognized standing, having an established theatre program or theatre club for the purpose of producing plays, will be eligible for membership.
SECTION 2. Qualification for individual membership may be determined by individual chapters, but should include active participation in theatre work. Chapters must adopt a set of local standards based on the following (a chapter may raise but may not lower these standards):
- (a) Completed at least two semesters of participation in theatre work at the college/university.
- (b) Participation in a variety of production tasks (acting, directing, playwriting, front-of-house management, technical theatre, dramaturgy, production research, and other appropriate theatrical responsibilities). A point system has proven to be an effective means of fairly determining membership eligibility. The point spread allows each chapter to determine an appropriate point assignment based on level, degree, and quality of work in each category.
A Recommended Minimum Point System
A total of 75 points from the following categories (including participation in at least 2 areas of categories 1 through 6) is necessary to be eligible for admission into ALPHA PSI OMEGA.
Category 1. Theatre Performance
- Acting (15-30 pts.)
- Dance (15-30 pts.)
- Singing (15-30 pts.)
Category 2. Theatre Production
- Design (20-30 pts.)
- Producing (20-30 pts.)
- Stage Management (20-30 pts.)
- Production Coach/Other (5-25 pts.)
- Crew Chiefs (10-20 pts.)
- Construction Crews (10-20 pts.)
- Running Crews (5-15 pts.)
- Front-of-House (1-15 pts.)
- Public Relations/Publicity/Marketing (5-20 pts.)
Category 3. Directing
- Stage directing (25-40 pts.)
- Choreography (20-30 pts.)
- Musical directing (20-30 pts.)
Category 4. Dramaturgy: (20-40 pts.)
Category 5. Playwriting
- Play/Book for musical: (10-30 pts.)
- Musical Composition for Theatre Performance (10-30 pts.)
Category 6. Theatre Education (above and beyond class requirements)
- Seminar leader or presenter (10-30)
- Workshop leader or presenter (10-30)
- Panel member or presenter (10-30)
Category 7. Special
Officer in Drama/Theatre Organization/Club (5-10 pts.)
Category 8. Special
Membership in Delta Psi Omega (50 pts.)
- (c) G.P.A. of 2.5 or better.
- (d) The local chapter may not allow standards to fall below these guidelines.
- (e) Honorary and faculty membership may be conferred after securing permission from the National Office.
SECTION 3. Members of good standing in Alpha Psi Omega who transfer to another college or university with an Alpha Psi Omega chapter automatically are accepted into membership.
SECTION 4. Term of national membership: membership in this honor society is for life, and it may not be terminated.
ARTICLE III – National Organization
SECTION 1. The organization will consist of the following: The National Office (consisting of the national officers), the regional representatives, and active chapters located at four-year colleges and universities.
SECTION 2. The National Officers will consist of a President, Vice-President, Business Manager, and Web Administrator.
SECTION 3. The National Officers are the supreme governing body of the society and are supported by regional representatives. The society and the delegates from the chapters will conduct the business of the society at the annual National Meeting. During the interim between National Meetings, the National Officers will conduct the business of the society.
SECTION 4. No person will be eligible for election to a national office except graduates or faculty members of the society actively engaged in theatre activities. The offices of president and vice-president will be held by full-time or retired theatre faculty from an accredited college or university. The office of business manager will be held by a full-time theatre faculty from an accredited college or university in order to assure housing of the national records, archives, and supplies at the business manager’s college or university. The Web Administrator must have experience and expertise in the area of web design and maintenance. Regional representatives will be held by full-time or retired theatre faculty from an accredited college or university and must reside in their region unless an exception is allowed by the National Office.
SECTION 5. Regional representatives are delegated for the following areas:
- Region 1 – Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, California, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah
- Region 2 – Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin
- Region 3 – Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maritime Provinces, Maryland, Delaware, DC, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania
- Region 4 – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Puerto Rico
- Region 5 – Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
ARTICLE IV – Legislative
SECTION 1. The National Officers will conduct the business of the society.
SECTION 2. There will be an annual National Meeting open to all chapters at a location designated by the National Officers.
SECTION 3. Elections will be held for the posts of President, Vice-President, Business Manager, and Web Administrator when a post is vacated.
SECTION 4. Regional representatives will be appointed by the National Officers for minimum terms of three years.
SECTION 5. The actions of the National Meetings are not subject to ratification by individual chapters except through amendment to the constitution as herein provided.
SECTION 6. National Officers and Regional Representatives may resign their position at any time but should give the National Office ample time to secure a replacement.
SECTION 7. National Officers and Regional Representatives may be removed from their position by majority vote of the National Officers.
ARTICLE V – Powers and Duties
SECTION 1. Executive, Administrative, and Judicial duties will be vested in the National Office.
SECTION 2. The duties of the President are: (a) upholding the standards and guidelines of the society, (b) presiding at all National Meetings, (c) appointing national committees, and (d) appointing the Regional Representatives. The President may, on extraordinary occasions, call a special meeting.
SECTION 3. The Vice-President will succeed to the duties and office of President in cases where the President is unable to fulfill the term of office. It is the Vice-President’s duty to be cognizant of all the affairs and policies of the society.
SECTION 4. The Business Manager will conduct the business and correspondence of the society, keep an account of all receipts and expenditures, deliver an annual report at the national officer’s meeting, and is responsible for editing and distribution of the annual society publication, Playbill.
SECTION 5. The Web Administrator will maintain and update the content of the national web site.
SECTION 6. Regional Representatives are the contact person for chapters and faculty sponsors in their regions. Any proposed regional gatherings must be approved by the Regional Representative after consultation with the National Office. Regional Representatives answer queries concerning basic society functions and standards. Regional Representatives may refer some issues to the National Office in the areas of executive, administrative, and judicial matters.
SECTION 7. Any expenditures beyond typical operational costs must be approved by the National Office.
SECTION 8. The National Business Manager and Web Administrator will receive stipends as determined by the National Office due to the extent of their duties.
ARTICLE VI – New Chapters
SECTION 1. New chapters will be admitted to the society by petition to the National Office.
SECTION 2. When a college or university applies for a chapter, a Faculty Sponsor will submit an application to the National Office, containing the names of at least five students qualified for membership and such other information as the National Business Manager may require.
SECTION 3. The charter fee is designated by the National Office.
SECTION 4. When chapters are established, ceremony guidelines will be sent to the Faculty Sponsor who will represent the National Office and conduct the installation of the new chapter.
SECTION 5. Chapters will be named by the National Office from the Greek alphabet in order of their establishment.
SECTION 6. When a chapter of ALPHA PSI OMEGA is installed, former students and graduates of the college/university who qualify are eligible for election to honorary membership in the new chapter.
SECTION 7. When a chapter is established, a local constitution (following the sample local constitution as model) must be drawn up and submitted to the National Business Manager.
ARTICLE VII – Dues and Fees
SECTION 1. There will be a one-time national induction fee for each new member as designated by the National Office.
SECTION 2. Failure to remit induction reports and national fees for a period of two years will result in the chapter being placed on inactive status.
ARTICLE VIII – Insignia
SECTION 1. There will be colors, crest, and a banner according to designs and specifications in the hands of the National Business Manager as have been adopted by THE ALPHA PSI OMEGA NATIONAL THEATRE HONOR SOCIETY.
SECTION 2. The official insignia pin bears the colors, motto, and crest of the society. These can be ordered from the National Office.
SECTION 3. The significance of the colors, motto, and crest of the society are identified in the Induction Ceremony.
ARTICLE IX – National Publications
SECTION 1. There will be an official publication of ALPHA PSI OMEGA entitled Playbilland copies will be distributed to each chapter annually at the time of its publication, as well as published on the national web site.
SECTION 2. The ceremonies, charters, and other printed materials for the transaction of official business will be prepared and issued by the National Office.
ARTICLE X – National Policies
SECTION 1. National policy on invitation-to-join the membership and induction period and induction ceremony must be adhered to by all chapters.
SECTION 2. The National Office has a zero tolerance hazing policy. Chapters must adhere to the national policy of Alpha Psi Omega, as well as their college/university’s and/or state policies on hazing.
ARTICLE XI – Amendments
SECTION 1. This constitution is subject to amendment at National Meetings if amendments are submitted to the National Office at least one full month before the National Meeting. An amendment is approved by a vote of at least two-thirds of the membership present at the National Meeting.
The Alpha Psi Omega and Delta Psi Omega Constitutions were revised most recently at the National Meeting in 2011.
- Click here to download a pdf of the 2011 Alpha Psi Omega National Constitution
- Click here to download a pdf of the 2011 Delta Psi Omega National Constitution