Student Board

Meet the Current Alabama State Thespian Officers

 

Festival Team

Rachel Simmons

Rachel Simmons is serving her second year as an Alabama State Thespian Officer on the Festival Team. She is a Senior at Vestavia Hills High School. She was the 10th Grade Representative for Troupe #1437 in her Sophomore year and the Social Events Coordinator in her Junior year. She has been an active participant in theatre at her school since the 6th grade. In 6th and 7th grade, she was an actor but switched to the world of tech in 8th grade as a costumer. Since then, she has fallen in love with stage management after doing it for the first time during Anastasia her Freshman year. She believes theatre is a wonderful environment which everyone deserves a chance to participate in. Theatre education has provided her with pathways into all kinds of life experiences and opportunities that she never could have imagined. You can find her on Instagram @sto_rachel1437. She can’t wait to take on her second year as an STO!

 

 

 

Sariah Hossain

Sariah Hossain is a Junior at W. P. Davidson High School and a Thespian in DHS’ Warrior Theatre, Troupe 8445. She auditioned for her first play her freshman year of high school (Davidson’s fall show, Shuddersome: Tales of Poe). Since then, she has garnered accolades such as 1st place in Dramatic Acting at State Trumbauer 2023, 1st place in Underclassman Monologues at AYTE Fall Fest 2023, and 3rd place in the New Orleans Branch of the English Speaking Union’s National Shakespeare Competition. Sariah’s most recent role was Mr. Mushnik in Little Shop of Horrors, Davidson High School’s spring musical last year. Outside of acting, Sariah plays in a rock band with her friends and has a passion for literature. Keep up with her on Instagram, @sariah_sto_, to see what new adventures she embarks on. She is so grateful for the opportunity to be a State Thespian Officer, and she is so excited for the coming year and whatever it may bring; as Stan Lee liked to say, “Excelsior!”

 

 

 

Kate Till

Kate Till is serving on the Festival Team. She is a Senior at Vestavia Hills High School, Troupe #1437. This is her first year serving as an STO, and she is so excited and grateful to serve the Thespians of Alabama! Kate Till joined the theatre world her Freshman year when she was in the Mamma Mia ensemble at Hewitt Trussville. Kate Till’s favorite role was in the ensemble of Mamma Mia during her Sophomore year at Vestavia Hills High School. She loved it because she found all of her best friends during that show. Kate Till now participates in Vestavia Hills theatre class and is a part of Vestavia Hills’ show choir. Kate is extremely grateful for the theatre community and hopes to share her joy with many others as an STO. You can find her on Instagram at @katetillsto_1437 .

 

 

 

 

Avery Hale

Avery Hale is a part of the Festival Team, and this is her first year as an STO. Avery is in her Senior Year at Hillcrest High School. Avery has been performing since she was 7 years old. She’s always enjoyed theatre because it allows her to do everything she loves in one place. Her favorite role was a Mersister in The Little Mermaid. She also helps behind the scenes with selling tickets, organizing t-shirt sales, and being dance captain. She is looking forward to her first year as an STO. She feels that this is an amazing opportunity to ensure that everyone new to theatre has the best experience possible, like the experiences she has been so grateful to have. You can follow Avery’s Instagram: @avery_hale63. She is so excited about what this year has to offer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finley Stephenson

Finley Stephenson is serving on the Advocacy Team! This is her second year as an Alabama State Thespian Officer. She is a Junior at Vestavia Hills High School, Troupe #1437. She is so excited and grateful to serve the Thespians of Alabama! Finley has spent her life around theatre and enjoys working with sound! Finley loves the amazing community that Theatre Education brings.  She believes everyone should have access to Theatre Education since it’s filled with kind and accepting people. Finley is passionate about theatre and she hopes to find a career as a sound engineer. Outside of theatre, she enjoys photography and travel. Her favorite crew position was sound designer for Little Shop of Horrors, and she’s excited to continue serving on the board this year! She is so excited for Alabama Thespian Festival 2025! You can find her on Instagram @FinleyS.STO!

 

 

Cadence Meier

Cadence Meier is part of the Outreach & Advocacy Team, and this is her first year as an STO. Cadence is in their Sophomore year at Hazel Green High School. Cadence has always been a part of the performing arts and started her theatre career in the seventh grade. She works on many other activities at their school, including their Book Club and Dungeons & Dragons club. They also serve as Committee Chair for their Thespian Troupe at Hazel Green. Their favorite role she has played is District Attorney Muffinhead in “Goldilocks, On Trial.” One of their favorite theatre memories is bonding with her first troupe in middle school. She loved being able to bring confidence to less confident students on stage, and it forged strong bonds that still last to this day. They have made many friends through theatre, and it brings her love, confidence, and laughs every day. They love theatre because it allows her to show her creative and bubbly side that tends to be hidden. She is excited for their first year as an STO and is thankful for the opportunities it will bring her and her school. She is ready to work and represent! You can follow her at @theatre_and_zelda08 on Instagram.

 

 

 

Advocacy and Outreach Team

 

Rebecca Cook

Rebecca is a part of the Advocacy and Outreach Team. She is a Senior at Vestavia Hills High School. This is her second year as an Alabama State Thespian Officer. She is a Thespian in Troupe #1437. She hopes to continue her Theatre career in college by majoring in Educational Theatre. She finds joy in advocating for theatre throughout the state. She would love for you to reach out to her with any questions about advocating for Educational Theatre, you can find her on Instagram @rebecca_sto1437.

 

 

 

 

 

Finley Stephenson

Finley Stephenson is serving on the Advocacy Team! This is her second year as an Alabama State Thespian Officer. She is a Junior at Vestavia Hills High School, Troupe #1437. She is so excited and grateful to serve the Thespians of Alabama! Finley has spent her life around theatre and enjoys working with sound! Finley loves the amazing community that Theatre Education brings.  She believes everyone should have access to Theatre Education since it’s filled with kind and accepting people. Finley is passionate about theatre and she hopes to find a career as a sound engineer. Outside of theatre, she enjoys photography and travel. Her favorite crew position was sound designer for Little Shop of Horrors, and she’s excited to continue serving on the board this year! She is so excited for Alabama Thespian Festival 2025! You can find her on Instagram @FinleyS.STO!

 

 

Cadence Meier

Cadence Meier is part of the Outreach & Advocacy Team, and this is her first year as an STO. Cadence is in their Sophomore year at Hazel Green High School. Cadence has always been a part of the performing arts and started her theatre career in the seventh grade. She works on many other activities at their school, including their Book Club and Dungeons & Dragons club. They also serve as Committee Chair for their Thespian Troupe at Hazel Green. Their favorite role she has played is District Attorney Muffinhead in “Goldilocks, On Trial.” One of their favorite theatre memories is bonding with her first troupe in middle school. She loved being able to bring confidence to less confident students on stage, and it forged strong bonds that still last to this day. They have made many friends through theatre, and it brings her love, confidence, and laughs every day. They love theatre because it allows her to show her creative and bubbly side that tends to be hidden. She is excited for their first year as an STO and is thankful for the opportunities it will bring her and her school. She is ready to work and represent! You can follow her at @theatre_and_zelda08 on Instagram.

 

 

 

 

Xaelyn Jones

Xaelyn Jones is a part of the Social Media Team, and this is her first year as an Alabama State Thespian Officer. Xaelyn is entering her Senior Year at Hillcrest High School. She has been performing on stage since her Freshman year. Theatre has always been a special place for her, allowing her to be her true self. Her favorite role was Alana in The Little Mermaid, where she was able to showcase her range to an audience for the first time. Xaelyn is also the Secretary of her school’s Thespian Troupe and is responsible for communication and collaboration within her troupe. Xaelyn is very excited to begin her work on the State Thespian Officer Board, and this is one of the biggest honors she’s received. You can follow Xaelyn on Instagram: @Xaelyc. Feel free to contact her, as she is very interested in what the future holds!

 

 

 

Advocacy and Outreach Team

 

Rebecca Cook

Rebecca is a part of the Advocacy and Outreach Team. She is a Senior at Vestavia Hills High School. This is her second year as an Alabama State Thespian Officer. She is a Thespian in Troupe #1437. She hopes to continue her Theatre career in college by majoring in Educational Theatre. She finds joy in advocating for theatre throughout the state. She would love for you to reach out to her with any questions about advocating for Educational Theatre, you can find her on Instagram @rebecca_sto1437.

 

 

 

 

 

Finley Stephenson

Finley Stephenson is serving on the Advocacy Team! This is her second year as an Alabama State Thespian Officer. She is a Junior at Vestavia Hills High School, Troupe #1437. She is so excited and grateful to serve the Thespians of Alabama! Finley has spent her life around theatre and enjoys working with sound! Finley loves the amazing community that Theatre Education brings.  She believes everyone should have access to Theatre Education since it’s filled with kind and accepting people. Finley is passionate about theatre and she hopes to find a career as a sound engineer. Outside of theatre, she enjoys photography and travel. Her favorite crew position was sound designer for Little Shop of Horrors, and she’s excited to continue serving on the board this year! She is so excited for Alabama Thespian Festival 2025! You can find her on Instagram @FinleyS.STO!

 

 

Cadence Meier

Cadence Meier is part of the Outreach & Advocacy Team, and this is her first year as an STO. Cadence is in their Sophomore year at Hazel Green High School. Cadence has always been a part of the performing arts and started her theatre career in the seventh grade. She works on many other activities at their school, including their Book Club and Dungeons & Dragons club. They also serve as Committee Chair for their Thespian Troupe at Hazel Green. Their favorite role she has played is District Attorney Muffinhead in “Goldilocks, On Trial.” One of their favorite theatre memories is bonding with her first troupe in middle school. She loved being able to bring confidence to less confident students on stage, and it forged strong bonds that still last to this day. They have made many friends through theatre, and it brings her love, confidence, and laughs every day. They love theatre because it allows her to show her creative and bubbly side that tends to be hidden. She is excited for their first year as an STO and is thankful for the opportunities it will bring her and her school. She is ready to work and represent! You can follow her at @theatre_and_zelda08 on Instagram.

 

 

 

 

Blake Krablin

Blake Krablin is serving on the Social Media Team for this year’s Alabama STO Board! This is Blake’s first year as an STO, and she is so excited! She is a Junior at Vestavia Hills High School,Troupe 1437. Blake started her journey of theatre and the arts in 6th grade and has been so thankful for it ever since! She is not only a part of the theatre community at Vestavia, but her school’s show choir as well! She believes the arts are a great way to bring a community together and build connections. Blake hopes to continue pursuing theatre in her future career. One of Blake’s favorite roles she has been was when she was in the ensemble of her high school’s production of Anastasia. Blake is looking forward to meeting! Follow her Instagram @blakekrablin_sto1437!

 

 

 

 

Xaelyn Jones

Xaelyn Jones is a part of the Social Media Team, and this is her first year as an Alabama State Thespian Officer. Xaelyn is entering her Senior Year at Hillcrest High School. She has been performing on stage since her Freshman year. Theatre has always been a special place for her, allowing her to be her true self. Her favorite role was Alana in The Little Mermaid, where she was able to showcase her range to an audience for the first time. Xaelyn is also the Secretary of her school’s Thespian Troupe and is responsible for communication and collaboration within her troupe. Xaelyn is very excited to begin her work on the State Thespian Officer Board, and this is one of the biggest honors she’s received. You can follow Xaelyn on Instagram: @Xaelyc. Feel free to contact her, as she is very interested in what the future holds!

 

 

 

Advocacy and Outreach Team

 

Rebecca Cook

Rebecca is a part of the Advocacy and Outreach Team. She is a Senior at Vestavia Hills High School. This is her second year as an Alabama State Thespian Officer. She is a Thespian in Troupe #1437. She hopes to continue her Theatre career in college by majoring in Educational Theatre. She finds joy in advocating for theatre throughout the state. She would love for you to reach out to her with any questions about advocating for Educational Theatre, you can find her on Instagram @rebecca_sto1437.

 

 

 

 

 

Finley Stephenson

Finley Stephenson is serving on the Advocacy Team! This is her second year as an Alabama State Thespian Officer. She is a Junior at Vestavia Hills High School, Troupe #1437. She is so excited and grateful to serve the Thespians of Alabama! Finley has spent her life around theatre and enjoys working with sound! Finley loves the amazing community that Theatre Education brings.  She believes everyone should have access to Theatre Education since it’s filled with kind and accepting people. Finley is passionate about theatre and she hopes to find a career as a sound engineer. Outside of theatre, she enjoys photography and travel. Her favorite crew position was sound designer for Little Shop of Horrors, and she’s excited to continue serving on the board this year! She is so excited for Alabama Thespian Festival 2025! You can find her on Instagram @FinleyS.STO!

 

 

Cadence Meier

Cadence Meier is part of the Outreach & Advocacy Team, and this is her first year as an STO. Cadence is in their Sophomore year at Hazel Green High School. Cadence has always been a part of the performing arts and started her theatre career in the seventh grade. She works on many other activities at their school, including their Book Club and Dungeons & Dragons club. They also serve as Committee Chair for their Thespian Troupe at Hazel Green. Their favorite role she has played is District Attorney Muffinhead in “Goldilocks, On Trial.” One of their favorite theatre memories is bonding with her first troupe in middle school. She loved being able to bring confidence to less confident students on stage, and it forged strong bonds that still last to this day. They have made many friends through theatre, and it brings her love, confidence, and laughs every day. They love theatre because it allows her to show her creative and bubbly side that tends to be hidden. She is excited for their first year as an STO and is thankful for the opportunities it will bring her and her school. She is ready to work and represent! You can follow her at @theatre_and_zelda08 on Instagram.

 

 

 

Sam Kuetemeyer

Sam is a part of the Social Media Team in their first year as an STO. Sam is a Junior  at Lee High School in the Technical Theater Magnet. They are the head of the costume department at Lee and have been crew and acted in multiple community theatre productions. Sam has a love for visual storytelling and seeks to create captivating visuals, whether on stage, on a canvas, or on social media. One of the things Sam loves about theatre is the thrill of putting on a show for an active audience. The possibility for things to change and for the audience to experience a whole new world is one of the things that makes theatre such an amazing art form. They are so excited for this opportunity to showcase their leadership and design skills and all the opportunities that come with being an STO this year! You can find them on Instagram @sam._.st0

 

 

 

 

Blake Krablin

Blake Krablin is serving on the Social Media Team for this year’s Alabama STO Board! This is Blake’s first year as an STO, and she is so excited! She is a Junior at Vestavia Hills High School,Troupe 1437. Blake started her journey of theatre and the arts in 6th grade and has been so thankful for it ever since! She is not only a part of the theatre community at Vestavia, but her school’s show choir as well! She believes the arts are a great way to bring a community together and build connections. Blake hopes to continue pursuing theatre in her future career. One of Blake’s favorite roles she has been was when she was in the ensemble of her high school’s production of Anastasia. Blake is looking forward to meeting! Follow her Instagram @blakekrablin_sto1437!

 

 

 

 

Xaelyn Jones

Xaelyn Jones is a part of the Social Media Team, and this is her first year as an Alabama State Thespian Officer. Xaelyn is entering her Senior Year at Hillcrest High School. She has been performing on stage since her Freshman year. Theatre has always been a special place for her, allowing her to be her true self. Her favorite role was Alana in The Little Mermaid, where she was able to showcase her range to an audience for the first time. Xaelyn is also the Secretary of her school’s Thespian Troupe and is responsible for communication and collaboration within her troupe. Xaelyn is very excited to begin her work on the State Thespian Officer Board, and this is one of the biggest honors she’s received. You can follow Xaelyn on Instagram: @Xaelyc. Feel free to contact her, as she is very interested in what the future holds!

 

 

 

Advocacy and Outreach Team

 

Rebecca Cook

Rebecca is a part of the Advocacy and Outreach Team. She is a Senior at Vestavia Hills High School. This is her second year as an Alabama State Thespian Officer. She is a Thespian in Troupe #1437. She hopes to continue her Theatre career in college by majoring in Educational Theatre. She finds joy in advocating for theatre throughout the state. She would love for you to reach out to her with any questions about advocating for Educational Theatre, you can find her on Instagram @rebecca_sto1437.

 

 

 

 

 

Finley Stephenson

Finley Stephenson is serving on the Advocacy Team! This is her second year as an Alabama State Thespian Officer. She is a Junior at Vestavia Hills High School, Troupe #1437. She is so excited and grateful to serve the Thespians of Alabama! Finley has spent her life around theatre and enjoys working with sound! Finley loves the amazing community that Theatre Education brings.  She believes everyone should have access to Theatre Education since it’s filled with kind and accepting people. Finley is passionate about theatre and she hopes to find a career as a sound engineer. Outside of theatre, she enjoys photography and travel. Her favorite crew position was sound designer for Little Shop of Horrors, and she’s excited to continue serving on the board this year! She is so excited for Alabama Thespian Festival 2025! You can find her on Instagram @FinleyS.STO!

 

 

Cadence Meier

Cadence Meier is part of the Outreach & Advocacy Team, and this is her first year as an STO. Cadence is in their Sophomore year at Hazel Green High School. Cadence has always been a part of the performing arts and started her theatre career in the seventh grade. She works on many other activities at their school, including their Book Club and Dungeons & Dragons club. They also serve as Committee Chair for their Thespian Troupe at Hazel Green. Their favorite role she has played is District Attorney Muffinhead in “Goldilocks, On Trial.” One of their favorite theatre memories is bonding with her first troupe in middle school. She loved being able to bring confidence to less confident students on stage, and it forged strong bonds that still last to this day. They have made many friends through theatre, and it brings her love, confidence, and laughs every day. They love theatre because it allows her to show her creative and bubbly side that tends to be hidden. She is excited for their first year as an STO and is thankful for the opportunities it will bring her and her school. She is ready to work and represent! You can follow her at @theatre_and_zelda08 on Instagram.

 

 

Social Media Team

 

Savannah Sumner

Savannah is currently serving her second year as an STO on the Social Media Team, and she couldn’t be more thrilled about what this year has in store. Savannah is a Sophomore at Lee High School, where she is a part of the Technical Theatre Magnet. She has been actively involved in theatre for most of her life, but she only recently discovered her love for working backstage. Although she enjoys all aspects of Technical Theatre, her main focus is Stage Management and Lighting. She credits her passion for theatre to her theatre education. Savannah is grateful for the opportunities she’s had to learn from amazing theatre educators since 1st grade. Savannah has been a part of around 30 productions, and she cherishes each experience and the lessons and memories that come with it. You can find her on social media at @savannah_alsto.

 

 

 

Sam Kuetemeyer

Sam is a part of the Social Media Team in their first year as an STO. Sam is a Junior  at Lee High School in the Technical Theater Magnet. They are the head of the costume department at Lee and have been crew and acted in multiple community theatre productions. Sam has a love for visual storytelling and seeks to create captivating visuals, whether on stage, on a canvas, or on social media. One of the things Sam loves about theatre is the thrill of putting on a show for an active audience. The possibility for things to change and for the audience to experience a whole new world is one of the things that makes theatre such an amazing art form. They are so excited for this opportunity to showcase their leadership and design skills and all the opportunities that come with being an STO this year! You can find them on Instagram @sam._.st0

 

 

 

 

Blake Krablin

Blake Krablin is serving on the Social Media Team for this year’s Alabama STO Board! This is Blake’s first year as an STO, and she is so excited! She is a Junior at Vestavia Hills High School,Troupe 1437. Blake started her journey of theatre and the arts in 6th grade and has been so thankful for it ever since! She is not only a part of the theatre community at Vestavia, but her school’s show choir as well! She believes the arts are a great way to bring a community together and build connections. Blake hopes to continue pursuing theatre in her future career. One of Blake’s favorite roles she has been was when she was in the ensemble of her high school’s production of Anastasia. Blake is looking forward to meeting! Follow her Instagram @blakekrablin_sto1437!

 

 

 

 

Xaelyn Jones

Xaelyn Jones is a part of the Social Media Team, and this is her first year as an Alabama State Thespian Officer. Xaelyn is entering her Senior Year at Hillcrest High School. She has been performing on stage since her Freshman year. Theatre has always been a special place for her, allowing her to be her true self. Her favorite role was Alana in The Little Mermaid, where she was able to showcase her range to an audience for the first time. Xaelyn is also the Secretary of her school’s Thespian Troupe and is responsible for communication and collaboration within her troupe. Xaelyn is very excited to begin her work on the State Thespian Officer Board, and this is one of the biggest honors she’s received. You can follow Xaelyn on Instagram: @Xaelyc. Feel free to contact her, as she is very interested in what the future holds!

 

 

 

Advocacy and Outreach Team

 

Rebecca Cook

Rebecca is a part of the Advocacy and Outreach Team. She is a Senior at Vestavia Hills High School. This is her second year as an Alabama State Thespian Officer. She is a Thespian in Troupe #1437. She hopes to continue her Theatre career in college by majoring in Educational Theatre. She finds joy in advocating for theatre throughout the state. She would love for you to reach out to her with any questions about advocating for Educational Theatre, you can find her on Instagram @rebecca_sto1437.

 

 

 

 

 

Finley Stephenson

Finley Stephenson is serving on the Advocacy Team! This is her second year as an Alabama State Thespian Officer. She is a Junior at Vestavia Hills High School, Troupe #1437. She is so excited and grateful to serve the Thespians of Alabama! Finley has spent her life around theatre and enjoys working with sound! Finley loves the amazing community that Theatre Education brings.  She believes everyone should have access to Theatre Education since it’s filled with kind and accepting people. Finley is passionate about theatre and she hopes to find a career as a sound engineer. Outside of theatre, she enjoys photography and travel. Her favorite crew position was sound designer for Little Shop of Horrors, and she’s excited to continue serving on the board this year! She is so excited for Alabama Thespian Festival 2025! You can find her on Instagram @FinleyS.STO!

 

 

Cadence Meier

Cadence Meier is part of the Outreach & Advocacy Team, and this is her first year as an STO. Cadence is in their Sophomore year at Hazel Green High School. Cadence has always been a part of the performing arts and started her theatre career in the seventh grade. She works on many other activities at their school, including their Book Club and Dungeons & Dragons club. They also serve as Committee Chair for their Thespian Troupe at Hazel Green. Their favorite role she has played is District Attorney Muffinhead in “Goldilocks, On Trial.” One of their favorite theatre memories is bonding with her first troupe in middle school. She loved being able to bring confidence to less confident students on stage, and it forged strong bonds that still last to this day. They have made many friends through theatre, and it brings her love, confidence, and laughs every day. They love theatre because it allows her to show her creative and bubbly side that tends to be hidden. She is excited for their first year as an STO and is thankful for the opportunities it will bring her and her school. She is ready to work and represent! You can follow her at @theatre_and_zelda08 on Instagram.