Student Board

Meet the Current Alabama State Thespian Officers

Carleigh Allen

Hello! I’m Carleigh Allen and this is my first year being an STO. I’m so excited to represent the students of Alabama. I am a senior at Shades Valley High School and the Vice President of Troupe 398. I have been working with my school’s theatre program since freshman year and actively stage manage throughout the year. Some of my favorite shows include Rent, Fun Home, Falsettos, and If/Then. I hope to stage manage professionally after college and can’t wait to grow through the experience of planning the Alabama Thespian Festival!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            


Maela Banks

My name is Maela Banks and I am very excited to serve my first year as an Alabama State Thespian Officer! I am an officer of International Thespian Troupe 5069 at John Carroll Catholic High School and will be a junior during the 2018-2019 school year. I am involved in choir (both ensemble and show) and am a member of the Fine Arts Academy- Theatre Concentration- which has been newly introduced to my school. I would have to accredit my favorite show as a cast member to Godspell, and my favorite show as an audience member would have to be Wicked. Theatre has given me the greatest experiences of my life, and I am looking forward to giving back while serving as a State Thespian Officer.                 



Sam Kirkpatrick                                                                                                              

Hello, my name is Sam Kirkpatrick. My love of theatre started at the ripe age of 7, starting out listening to the Mama Mia soundtrack and moving to summer camps at UAB. Theatre has always been a part of my life and has helped me through every stage of my growing up. It has helped me shape who I am and shown me what I want to do with my life. With this new challenge of being an Alabama STO I hope to share my love of theatre with more people and raise awareness to the magic that comes from the stage.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               



Leanna Lake                                                                                                       

Hello, I’m Leanna Lake. I have been an actress for four years and a stage manager for one year with Corner Theatre Academy. When I am not glued to the stage you can find me taking care of my German Shepherd, Nikita, and much to my family’s dislike, I can be found blaring Broadway musicals from anywhere in the house. This is my first year as an Alabama Student Thespian Officer, as well as the Fundraising Adviser for my Thespian Troupe, #6639. I am always ready to get out there and meet new people while learning new things!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       



Hannah Maner                                                                                                     

Hello fellow Thespians! My name is Hannah Maner. I attend Florence High School, and I participate in the arts program at FHS, called Florence Academy of Fine Arts. I am also Secretary of Thespian Troupe #2273. Most of my involvement in the theatre is through stage management, and some of my favorite shows include Spring Awakening and Once on This Island. I began my journey as an Alabama State Thespian Officer during my sophomore year, and this will be my third year as an STO. I can not wait to see you all at festival and at theatre events throughout the year!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     



Carson Reed                                                                                                                                  

Hi, my name is Carson Reed and I’m excited to serve as an Alabama State Thespian Officer for the upcoming year! I’m a senior at Arab High School and am a part of my school’s musical theatre program, Arab Musical Theatre (Troupe #7023), where I have been given a plethora of opportunities to grow, help, and become a part of the wide world of theatre. I’ve been able to play roles that have challenged me and forced me to push through barriers I did not know I could cross as a performer. My favorite roles include Danny in Xanadu, Fester in The Addams Family, Herman in Sweet Charity, and Bert Healy in Annie. I’ve also been lucky enough to get to work with my school’s junior high program, AMT Jr., where I’ve been able to help behind the scenes. These children have given me an outside view of the wonderful world of theatre.  The Lighthouse Theatre Company, my community theatre affiliation, has also provided me with awesome opportunities to spread the joy of theatre through being in productions, as well as, helping other young children to learn to love theatre as much as I do through summer camps. This company has given me an appreciation for theatre on the community level, and has allowed me to spread theatre’s impact to surrounding areas in my community. I’d like to further my musical theatre repertoire by attending the University of Montevallo in the Fall of 2019, by pursuing a musical theatre degree. I am excited to meet new people and continue my love of theatre through being an Alabama STO! Follow me on all social media platforms: _carsy_


Olivia Schaffner

Hello! My name is Olivia Schaffner and this is my first year serving as an STO. I’m currently a senior at Lee-Scott Academy, troupe #7633, and serve as my troupe’s secretary. I’ve been acting since I was in 6th grade. In my free time I like making crafts for my friends and myself, reading and watching Netflix / YouTube a little too much. My favorite role I’ve played is Lucy Van Pelt in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. A few of my favorite Broadway shows are Mean GirlsDear Evan HansenBandstand and Newsies. I’m so excited to work with so many new people this year!!!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     


Diane Snoddy

Hi! I’m Diane Snoddy. I attend Vestavia Hills High School. I am the president of Thespian Troupe 1437. I am so excited to be an Alabama State Thespian Officer as I feel it is vitally important to advocate for the arts and theatre specifically. I have always been a huge theatre nerd and a lover of the arts, and I am so excited to find more like myself. Follow my theatre adventures on Facebook; @Diane Elizabeth, Twitter: @DianeESnoddy, and Instagram: @snoddy_sees_shows