Meet the Current Alabama State Thespian Officers
Luke Hamner is a senior at Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He is a member of Troupe 5647, for which he has been the webmaster, and most recently, the Vice-President. Luke started doing theatre in the 7th grade because his sister convinced him to audition for a show and he has been performing ever since! Luke is so excited for his first year as an STO, and he is ready to work hard as the advocacy chair. Some of Luke’s favorite roles include Baker in Into the Woods, Smee in Peter Pan Jr., Farquaad in Shrek Jr., and Evan in 13. Luke also loves the tech side of theatre, and he has been an ASM for Steel Magnolias and Annie Jr., as well as Stage Manager for Firebringer. Next year in college, Luke plans to major in Music Therapy! Luke enjoys watching TV Shows such as Glee and Stranger Things, and he enjoys reading books such as The Hunger Games, and Percy Jackson. Luke is so excited for what’s in store this year with the Alabama STO!!
Layla Khan-Hickman is a junior at Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She is a proud member of Troupe #5647 (Instagram: @hillcresthightheatre)! This is Layla’s first year as a State Thespian Officer and she is excited to be working as the Junior Thespian Co-Chair. Layla started theatre in the 7th grade and her passion for the dramatic arts grew from there. Over the years, Layla has performed in many shows including, Morticia in The Addams Family, Shelby in Steel Magnolias, and Cinderella in Into the Woods. In addition to acting in musicals and plays, Layla works behind the scenes to help produce outstanding shows. As a master editor for her school’s new broadcasting program, PATS-TV, Layla enjoys creating and editing video. She hopes to be a filmmaker one day and cannot wait for college. In her free time, Layla enjoys reading. The Anne of Green Gables series is a recent fave and she’s been binge watching NCIS on Netflix. Layla can’t wait for a great year with Alabama Thespians! Follow her on Instagram: @laylakhanhickman.
Mollie MacIlveen is very excited to be a part of the 2020-2021 Alabama State Thespian Officers, as the Social Media Chair! Mollie is a senior at St. John Paul II Catholic High School, Troupe 7374. Along with being an STO, Mollie also serves as the President of her Thespian Troupe this year. Mollie’s love for theatre began when she saw a local production of The King and I, and wanted to perform alongside the actors on stage so that she could give audiences the same excitement and awe she felt. Through theatre, Mollie has found not only a hobby, future career choice, and a place to show her talents, she has found a home on stage and with the people who share the same love for theatre as her. She hopes that through theatre advocacy, she can help give opportunities in theatre to others, so that they can have the same unforgettable experiences as her. Along with theatre, Mollie also enjoys singing, playing instruments, hiking, and crafting. Mollie is also a huge advocate for human rights and bettering our environment. Mollie cannot wait to be a part of an incredible year ahead with her fellow Alabama State Thespian Officers!
Matthew Oliver is a junior at Lee-Scott Academy in Auburn, Alabama (Troupe 7633). For his second year as an Alabama STO, he is the Junior Thespian Chair. Matt started theatre in the 6th grade when he played “Ed” in the Lion King. Over the years, Matt has played multiple roles such as Rudolpho in Matilda and Shroeder in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. On the other hand, he also spends most of his time near the sound board. He usually does the sound and lighting for shows. Outside of theatre, Matt mainly enjoys composing music and doing code for various softwares and games. He spends most of his time trying to get out a new album or write a new piece for concert bands to play in concert. He absolutely loves Jazz and Fusion, and loves studying advanced music theory topics. His goal is to be able to write musicals for broadway and other symphonies and songs for bands across the world to play. Matt lives by the quote: “Limitations breed creativity.” – Adam Neely
Instagram: @iElectrocat, Hyperlink: https://linktr.ee/MatthewOliver
Maggie Scarbrough is excited to serve as the 2020-2021 State Thespian Officer President! This is Maggie’s second year on the student board. Maggie is a senior at Thomasville High School, Troupe 5073. She fell in love with theatre at a young age by attending Troy University’s Creative Drama Camp. Maggie has acted in many of Thomasville’s shows as well as stage managed. A few of Maggie’s favorite productions she has been a part of are The Diary of Anne Frank, Arsenic and Old Lace, and Meet Me in St. Louis! The first professional show Maggie saw was The Phantom of the Opera. She was filled with joy from the stunning performances, and technical aspects of the show. It was in that moment when Maggie realized she wanted to bring that same amount of joy to audiences everywhere! Whether that be performing, or doing any kind of behind the scenes work. Maggie is ready to continue advocating for educational theatre throughout the state. She believes the arts are a vital part of a young person’s life, and everyone should have access to it! Theatre has always been a huge part of Maggie’s life, and it continues to change and mold Maggie into who she is today. Maggie is excited to see you at Thespian Festival 2021!
Katie Schumann is serving as this year’s secretary for the STOs! Katie is a senior at John Carroll Catholic High School, and will continue to pursue the acting side of theatre as her last year approaches! Katie loves theatre not only because of the talent and excitement it stores, but also for the friendships it creates! Theatre is a place where she can be herself and embrace her talents alongside some of the most compassionate people she has ever met! Katie hopes to help others discover their love for theatre and all of its qualities as the upcoming president of her troupe! In addition to her great passion for theatre, Katie also has a drive for leadership and government. She is a John Carroll ambassador, a member of the Relay for Life club, a member of her school’s heritage panel, and upcoming SGA vice president of the John Carroll student body. Katie is thrilled to be a part of the Alabama State Thespian Officers and is excited for a fantastic year ahead!
Mary Margaret Stephenson
Mary Margaret is serving as the Festival Chair this year! This is her first year as an Alabama State Thespian Officer and she is very excited to serve the Thespians of Alabama! She is a Junior at Mountain Brook High School and the Vice President of Troupe #533. She has spent her life around theatre and acts in or stage manages shows at her school. She is passionate about theatre education. She believes everyone should have the opportunity to be involved in theatre because she knows how magical the first moment onstage is. Her favorite show to stage manage was The Other Other Woman and her favorite show to act in was Lost In Yonkers. She can’t wait for Alabama Thespian Festival 2021!
Vasileah Tsantes is a junior at Vestavia Hills High School Troupe 1437. This is her 2nd year on the STO board and she will be serving as the Vice President. Vasileah is a stage manager and student director in her program. She has also been a stagehand for Virginia Samford Theatre. Vasileah started theatre when she was 5, but got interested in stage management in 6th grade. She got into theatre through her elementary school putting on plays and community theatre summer camps. The first show she stage-managed was Into the Woods and her favorite show that she has stage managed was Bright Star. Theatre has been such a big part of her life and it has given her a place to be herself. It has also taught her leadership skills and given her a platform to advocate for the arts! Some of her favorite memories in theatre is bonding with the casts and making lifelong friends. She is very excited to spend another year on this amazing board. If you want to follow her theatre adventures follow her on Instagram! @vasileah.sto and @vasileah Remember to always treat people with kindness!