2018-2019 STATE THESPIAN OFFICERS
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT STATE THESPIAN OFFICERS
What’s an STO?
STO stands for State Thespian Officer.
The State Thespian Officers is made up of a small group of elected and appointed students (7-9) from around the state. They are elected in the spring at a State or Regional Planning Meeting. Positions include:
STO Chair - A Senior who was formerly the STO Vice Chair. They lead the STO Board.
STO Vice Chair- A Junior elected to a 2 year term. Their second year they will serve as the STO Chair. They shadow and assist the Chair.
STO Director Rep- When deemed necessary the Chapter Director will appoint a student to represent them on the STO Board and act as their liaison.
Technology STO - When deemed necessary a student with strong skills in Technical Theatre will be appointed to assist the Conference Technical Director.
STO At-Large - 5 STOs are elected to best represent the various regions of the state and to help facilitate the conference and advocacy events.
STOs are expected to show strong leadership skills and make a positive impact toward Virginia Thespians’ State Conference and Advocacy Efforts. They will represent the students of VA Thespians and help make decisions on Conference including the themes, T-Shirts, Opening Numbers, Student Activities, Delegation of Student Responsibilities, and other major decisions. In addition students will work with RTOs on other VA Thespian initiatives, events, and meetings throughout the year to include Arts Advocacy Day at the Capitol, National Arts Advocacy Day, ITF Leadership Workshops, etc.
What’s an RTO?
RTO stands for Regional Thespian Officer.
Similarly to STOs, RTOs are made up of 1-2 students selected from the four designated Regions of VA: Southeast, Southwest, Central, and Northern. They are selected in the spring at a State or Regional Planning Meeting. In order to run be selected for an RTO position students must meet the same criteria as an STO.
RTO members have the same expectations as STOs but differ in that their focus is on outreach and promotion of ITS in their region whereas STOs focus on State Conference and Advocacy. RTOs must serve on the Student State Board and have strong communication skills in order to remain in contact with the other RTOs. Primarily they communicate Thespian Activities in their area, visit schools to offer workshops or guidance, and set achievable goals for their region in line with the vision of VA Thespians.
What is the State Student Board?
A collection of students that meet periodically to work on building leadership skills and exchange ideas with other students from around the state to help build and improve theatre at their own schools. In addition, the SSB helps facilitate the running of the VA Thespian Conference by volunteering to help with duties throughout the Conference weekend.
State Student Board members must be from a school with an active Virginia ITS Troupe. Their director must support their involvement and must actively serve on the Adult State Board.
State Student Board members are required to join a committee at the Spring Planning Meeting. Committees for State Planning include - Rules Video, Encore, Communications, Womanless Beauty Pageant/ Broadway Cares, and Finding Your Way. Additionally, there is a Region Committee. It is advised that each school in attendance have at least one student on the Region Committee.
HOW DO I BECOME AN STO?
A maximum of two students per troupe may be selected to run for one of the STO positions. How those two students are nominated is entirely up to their Thespian Troupe and Sponsor. However, in order to run a student must meet the following criteria:
- Have been a member of the Student State Board the previous year (unless their troupe recently became involved in VA Thespians).
- Must be from a school with an active ITS Troupe.
- Their director must support their involvement and must also agree to actively serve on the VA Thespian Adult Board.
- Must be committed to attending a minimum of 2 meetings a year as well as the VA Thespian Conference.
- Must have participated in leadership training as administered by the current STO Board (when applicable).
Candidate Election Process (2018-2019):
- Candidates must submit their application by the appointed deadline.
- Adult members of the Virginia Thespians Executive Board will select the 2018-2019 Virginia State Thespian Officers during their summer retreat based on information provided in the application.
- All students who submit an application will be notified by email of the Executive Board's decision. Those selected to serve as an STO for 2018-2019 will receive further information and instructions, including tentative dates and locations of meetings*.
*If a student misses more than one meeting, he/she may lose his/her position on State Leadership.
Important Dates for STOs, RTOs, and State Student Board
July 6, 2018: STO Applications are available.
July 27, 2018: STO Applications due.
August 1-2, 2018: STOs chosen from Applications by Virginia Thespians Executive Board during annual retreat.
August 25, 2018: STO Leadership Retreat/Fall Planning Meeting to be held at a TBA location (New Kent HS, Rock Ridge HS, or in Virginia Beach, depending on most convenient location of selected STOs).
*December 15, 2018: On-Site meeting at 2019 Conference Venue (Radford University, depending on Radford's availability).