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State Thespian Officers

Ohio Thespians is a chapter of the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) — a national nonprofit organization with over 100,000 student and professional members. Our mission is to promote and strengthen theatre education in Ohio schools, and to provide opportunities for students to develop their skills and showcase their talents. We offer a range of programs and resources for educators and students, including workshops, festivals, and competitions. Join us and become part of a vibrant community of theatre lovers!


What Do STOs Do?

The State Thespian Officers (STOs) work hard to ensure that the theatre students in their state have the best possible experience with Ohio EdTA activities. We serve on the state board and help to plan the state conference, develop and support EdTA activities, and raise money for Thespian scholarships. We also work with area Thespian activities to help students get involved in area conference and their home school theatre communities. Our goal is to provide a supportive network of theatre professionals and students alike to help foster a strong and vibrant theatre community in our state.

Who Are We?


Macy Garver-Hughes


Akron School for the Arts @ Firestone CLC

Being a Thespian means being a part of a program that is more than just theater. It means bringing people together and accepting people as they are. 


Ny'Asia Lindsay

Central Ohio STO

Westerville South HS

Theatre helps me build confidence, develop my creativity, and form amazing friendships with people who are passionate about the same thing I am.


Danielle Manasco

South Ohio STO

Chilicothe HS

Being a Thespian means I am able to be myself, feel free on stage, and being involved in something so much bigger than myself.

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Hope Rison


Sylvania Northview HS

I look forward to being able to advocate for others and create an inclusive space for all people to explore their passion of theatre.


Jessica Stoehr


Centerville HS

My favorite Thespian activity is State Conference. Not only do we get to experience shows put on by fellow students and Thespians, but we are surrounded by fellow theater students, teachers and alumni.


Aniyah Smith

North Ohio STO

Marion L. Steele HS

I enjoy the theatrical environment and the people I work with. I also enjoy the stress because I feel like it helps me manage stress in my life.

How Do I Become an STO?

This process is currently in flux. But when we set the new guidelines you will find them right here and on our social media.


The EdTA operates the International Thespian Society (ITS), an honorary organization that has inducted more than 2.2 million theatre students since its founding in 1929. Each year, more than 40,000 students from around the country join our number. Today, over 4,000 secondary schools are home to a thespian troupe.

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