Meet your 2019-2020 State Thespian Officers

2019-20 STO MISSION STATEMENT

Our mission is to develop support for arts education though strategic communication and discipline resulting in creative collaboration that can be celebrated state-wide.

Noah Manzanares, Hanford High School

Noah is very excited to be an STO this year. He believes theatre is the best form to show self expression and practice empathy. This summer he attended Interlochen Arts Camp and encourages anyone who is interested in auditioning to contact him, he’d love to talk to you about it! An interesting fact about him is that he had a perplexing fear of ducks.

Dacey Durbin, Kamiak High School

Dacey Durbin is a Senior at Kamiak High School, troupe 5704, and does everything she can to involved in theatre. She loves participating in both techical theatre and performace. Aside from Kamiak Drama, you may have seen her on stage this past year at Village Theatre Kidstage or at Seattle Children’s Theatre. Dacey is a firm believer in “leading with love”, and focuses her leadership opportunities on including others.

Johanna Chhay, Capital High School

Johanna is a senior at Capital High School. She started doing theatre her freshman year and fell in love with it ever since. She has been involved behind the scenes and on stage acting, from really small to leading positions. She is a huge advocate for accessibility in theatre and everywhere around her. In her free time she volunteers for the Boys and Girls Club and spend time with her family. A cool fact about her is that both of parents are Deaf.

Patrick May, Meadowdale High School

Patrick is going to be a senior at Meadowdale High School Troupe 5449. Theater and the arts are one of his top priorities and his favorite thing of all time! His program has gone through a lot and he has worked hard with his fellow thespians to keep their program in good shape. He is very thankful for the troupe he was blessed with and excited to be working with his fellow STO’s. He hopes that you feel welcome in any space and feels like you can always be yourself when he's around. You are free to ask him for literally anything because his job is to be here and help y'all! In all this caboodle of nonsense he is glad he can invest his time into theater and you!!! 

Drew Bates, Auburn Riverside High School

Drew Bates is entering his second year as a State Thespian Officer. He attends Auburn Riverside High School, home of Troupe 5560. His mom signed him up for a children's theatre camp in 2009, and he has loved everything around acting ever since. Along with creating and performing at school, he can be found at local performing spaces around the South Sound, including the Auburn Avenue Theatre and the Lakewood Playhouse. He also enjoys participating in choir, student leadership and buying more plays than he will ever realistically read. He loves the International Thespian Society because it empowers young leaders and artists to do great things without being limited by their age.

Grace Wick, Kamiakin High School

Grace has been involved in theatre since her freshman year at Kamiakin High School. After she auditioned for her first show, she instantly fell in love. Since then, she has been involved on-stage and in tech, even directing her own one act in the 2018-19 school year. Grace loves how theatre has the capability of bringing together a cast of diverse actors and giving them one common trait, theatre. Grace is currently preparing for auditions for High School Musical at Lewis and Clark and is very excited to experience this next year with her fellow thespians. She is excited to grow her skills as a leader and a thespian this next year with her fellow STO. Grace hopes to be able to reach out to new schools and involve them in the society and help advocate for programs across Washington!

2020-21 STO Application

(coming soon)

Interested in Applying to be a 2020-21 STO? 

Application and more information are coming soon! Check back this winter for more info! You can see the 2019 application above. Email Stewart Hawk with any questions.