Oregon Thespian Board

ADULT BOARD MEMBERS work with the student leadership (STO/JSTO).  Oregon Thespians is governed by a Board of 6 adult Board Members, serving two-year terms (three Board Member positions are up for election each year). The Chapter Director serves a four-year term, and is elected in a process facilitated by EdTA.  The Chapter Director may serve two consecutive terms.
Board Members attend up to five meetings each year (mileage is paid for those traveling farther than 30 miles one-way to attend), as well as each Thespian Event.
In February, nominations will open for this year’s three open Board positions.

Jo Strom Lane

Jo Strom Lane

Chapter Director

Roosevelt High School

Emily Wilcox

Emily Wilcox

Student Leadership
Junior Thespians

Patton Middle School


Tiffany Carstensen


McKay High School


James Fewer

Design/Technical Events

Southridge High School


Jeff Witt


Central High School


Dani Potter

Advocacy Liaison

Social Media

Student Leadership Assistant

McMinnville High School


Andrew Wilson

Oregon Unified College Auditions
Judge Liaison
Main Stage Liaison

Aloha High School

Board Nominations

Apply to Run for the Board

Do YOU want to serve Oregon Thespians and give back to the organization that serves you and your students? Consider running for the State Board. Together, we are the team of volunteers who make Oregon Thespians happen.

For Troupe Directors interested in running for the State Board of Directors, please submit your self-nomination, or nominate others, using this NOMINATION FORM LINK. Then, one of the nomination committee Troupe Directors will contact you with more details.


Committee Heads & Committee Members

Laura Steenson

Main Stage at State

The Main Stage Committee is made up of Troupe Directors whose productions were previously selected, as well as additional adjudicators who review and select the main stage productions for our State Festival.

Tom Cavanaugh

Parade of Troupes

At State, each troupe submits ONE STATIC SLIDE to show their Troupe's events, activities, and productions of the year. This slide show is presented during the general assembly at State Festival.

Scott Walker

STEVE and Guest Artists

State Thespian Educational Vendor Expo (STEVE) is for educational and other organizations to share resources, sell theatre related items, or provide information to attendees. Guest Artists are solicited each year, including national, regional and local professionals who provide exciting, interactive workshops in performance, design, and technical theatre.

Lara Okamoto

State One Acts

The One-Act Play Marathon includes Chapter Select plays for troupes vying to be selected to represent Oregon at the International Thespian Festival in June, Freestyle plays from troupes presenting everything from staged readings to plays to other talent. Playwriting winners also stage their plays as a part of the One-Act Marathon.

Willamette University

Tech Challenge

Each troupe forms their team of technicians who participate in a variety of stations challenging their technical skills. Example stations include quick change costume, hang and focus a lighting instrument, legging up a platform, sewing a button, knot tying, and more. This event is hosted on Willamette University's campus.

Annie Kaiser and Janet Van Wess


Plays written by students are adjudicated for the State Festival.

Sophia Trimble

Alumni Committee Head

Alumni wanting to get involved in supporting Oregon Thespian events should contact our current Alumni coordinator. Volunteer jobs include assisting at State with the information table, signing up seniors to the alumni program, chaperoning evening events, being venue hosts, assisting with Junior Thespian State Day, and more.

Anita Hoffman


The Scholarship committee reviews applications for all students requesting scholarship funds.