Meet Our State Thespian Officers

State Thespian Officers (STO) are the student voice of the governing organization. They spend much of their year planning our State Events and traveling to represent New Jersey Thespians on a National Level

STO Class of 2022

State Thespian Officer

Applications

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Gia Scozzaro

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Bordentown Reg. HS, Troupe 6883

STO Chair

Gia is a senior at Bordentown Regional High School proud to be representing Troupe #6803. An active member in her theatre community, Gia partakes in both acting and stage crew, and is excited to serve as a 2020-2021 STO. Some of her favorite shows she has participated in are 9-5 and Cinderella. When not running around helping out with props or tech, Gia loves to roller skate and jam out to music, especially if she can sing as loud as she wants. Excited to be a State Officer, Gia can't wait to see what this year has in store!

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Kate Myers

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Robbinsville HS, Troupe 7161

STO

Kate Myers is a senior at Robbinsville High School, proudly representing Troupe 7161! Kate has been a co-captain of her school’s performance Improv Team for 3 years, and is an active member of her troupe’s executive board. Some of her favorite credits include The Crucible, Beauty and the Beast, Guys and Dolls, Romeo and Juliet, Emma!, and Puffs. Kate is entering her second year as an STO, and her first year as the NJ representative on the International Thespian Society Leadership Committee. Besides the drama department, Kate is the treasurer of her district’s Executive Council. She is also a proud member of her school’s National Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honors Society. She plays sudoku and Minecraft more than she should and she adores apple juice. Kate is exceptionally grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the success of this year’s NJ Thespian Festival!

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Elliot Block

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Hopewell Valley HS, Troupe 7964

STO

Elliot Block is a senior at Hopewell Valley Central High School who is stoked to be returning to the State Thespian Officers for the 2021-2022 school year! Some of his recent credits at HVCHS include Lysander (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Professor Plum (Clue On Stage), Algernon Moncrieff (The Importance of Being Earnest), and Laurie Laurence (Little Women). Outside of NJ Thespians, Elliot is a member of three A Cappella groups as well as a nationally recognized quartet. He also leads a club that’s goal is to spread awareness and educate students about topics regarding cultural and racial equality. Elliot is a big advocate for arts education, which is why he had a blast speaking to congressional representatives at the 2021 Arts Action Summit. Elliot looks forward to continuing his advocacy as an STO, and taking advantage of all of the opportunities that NJ Thespians has to offer!

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Michael Luciano

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Morris Knolls HS, Troupe 2629

NJ STO

Michael Luciano is a senior at Morris Knolls High School (Troupe 2629) and is beyond excited to be serving NJ Thespians as a STO! Michael has been performing onstage since he was 7 and has loved every second. Some of his favorite shows he has been apart of include: Godspell, Legally Blonde, The Little Mermaid, Once Upon a Mattress, and many more. This past summer, Michael had the opportunity to help direct a theatre camp for younger children. Michael is also an avid member in his schools Tri-M Music Honor Society. In his free time, Michael can be found playing piano, baking, and going on sunset drives. Michael would like to thank the entire NJ Thespians board for giving him this opportunity and making him feel so welcome.

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TJ Sandor

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Northern Burlington Co. Reg. HS

Troupe 4762

STO

TJ Sandor is a student from Northern Burlington, happy to represent Troupe 4762 as an STO in the 2021-2022 school year! TJ loves all things theatre, ranging from roles in various shows such as TJ in “Sister Act”, Lucas in “The Addams Family” and Demetrius in “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” to being a Senior Captain for Northern Burlington’s NJDFL (New Jersey Drama and Forensics League) team. In his free time, TJ enjoys being a Boy Scout, playing any instrument he can find, and practicing his Chinese (大家好)! If you’re trying to find TJ, he’s most likely at marching band rehearsal, doing mountains of homework, or getting Wawa. He looks forward to making this year one of the best for New Jersey Thespians with his fellow STOs!

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James Humphreys

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Rancocas Valley HS, Troupe 1555

STO

James Humphreys is so excited to be a part of the 2021-2022 NJ STO Board! As a junior representing Troupe 1555 at Rancocas Valley Regional High school, Theatre has been prevalent throughout his middle school and high school career. During his time in RV's high school theatre program, he has been a part of the school's production of The Outsiders (Paul), Commedia Dell'arte shows The Captain (Orazio) and The Man Presumed Dead (Burratino), and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Leaf Coneybear). Offstage, James is a part of Model United Nations, Future Business Leaders of America, and the Key Club at his school. He is also a youth leader in his local Boy Scout Troop, and can even be found on the soccer fields playing for his local club team. James is looking forward to being part of such an amazing board this year!

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Angelina Amato

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Toms River HS North, Troupe 7455

STO

Angie Amato is super excited to have the opportunity of being an STO for the 2021-2022 school year! She is a junior at Toms River High School North and is proudly representing Troupe #7455. Angie has been a part of her school’s theatre company since freshman year and she has been in multiple productions including Shrek and A Killer Party. She is the Recruitment Chair for the North Nautical Stars and loves meeting new people who share her love for theatre. Outside of theatre, Angie loves to play piano, guitar, crochet, hang out with her friends, and play with her dog Oakley. She has been singing and playing piano at her church for the past 4 years. Angie is constantly trying new things, but theatre will always be one of the most important things in her life. She can not wait to see what this year has to offer and is so grateful to be a part of such an amazing team!

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Ace Alvarez

Bayonne HS, Troupe 5093

STO

Ace Alvarez is a student and a proud member of Bayonne High School Thespian troupe #5093 and is thankful for being given the opportunity to be a state representative of NJ. He is Vice President of Troupe #5093 and has been involved with performing ever since the 2nd grade, being in countless shows. Recently over the summer he was awarded an 1000 dollar scholarship to attend the 4-week summer intensive at New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. When not performing he is working on improving his skills as an artist or helping backstage, having current projects being animating a 5 minute short film for his college portfolio while also helping stage manage the upcoming Bayonne Drama Society production: All in the Timing!

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Dylan Godziewski

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Burlington Twp. HS, Troupe 4294

STO

Dylan Gozdziewski is a senior at Burlington Township High School, representing Troupe 4294. Dylan is honored to be an STO this year and serve on the Arts Advocacy committee. Dylan is involved with BTHS Jazz Nouveau, Student Government, National Honor Society, and Big Brother Big Sisters of America. Some of his favorite stage credits include: Skin of Our Teeth (Mr. Antrobus), Pippin (Charles), and In the Heights (Graffiti Pete). In his free time, he likes to work on music production, play piano, and spend time with friends. Dylan can’t wait to work with his other STOs this year!

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Brynne Wiser

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Egg Harbor Twp. HS, Troupe 3933

STO Vice Chair

Brynne Wiser is a junior at Egg Harbor Township High School and is thrilled to be the Vice Chair for the 2021-2022 STO Board! She currently serves as a historian for Troupe 3993 at EHTHS, and is also part of the school's Vocal Ensemble, A cappella group, Interact Club, and Tri-M Music Honor Society. She has participated in productions with many theater companies in Southern New Jersey, including Triple Threat Workshop, Gateway Playhouse, and Shore Productions. Some of her favorite roles include Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Fernwood Avenue Middle School), Katherine Blake in Freaky Friday (BeYou Arts), and Belle in Beauty and the Beast (Shore Productions). In Brynne’s spare time, she enjoys working for a local entertainment company, where she performs in stage shows and hosts photo opportunities at community events. She was recently named the 2020 recipient of the Molly Greenwald Scholarship for Broadway for Arts Education. Brynne looks forward to helping bring live theater back to the stage and to schools, and she can't wait to see what this year has in store!

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Jake Pandina

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Hightstown HS, Troupe 3991

NJ STO

Jake Pandina is so excited to be a New Jersey STO this year! Jake is a senior at Hightstown High School and is the vice president of HHS Drama Club. During the summer, he works at a local day camp and teaches kids about drama. Outside of the theatre, Jake loves playing tennis and watching football. He would like to thank his parents, friends, and directors for supporting him throughout his academic and theatrical journey.

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Bella Riether

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Robbinsville HS, Troupe 7161

STO

Bella Riether (@isabellarainn) is a senior at Robbinsville High School and is thrilled to be an STO! Proudly representing Troupe #7161, Bella is a devoted member of the Drama club, Chamber choir, and is Co-Captain of her school's Improv Team. Bella has been featured in productions including Beauty and the Beast, The Crucible, Guys and Dolls, Romeo and Juliet, Emma!: A Pop Musical, and Puffs. Bella is also a proud member of the National Honors Society, World Language Honors Society, and Tri-M Music Honors Society. When she isn't performing, Bella can be found advocating for social justice, reading, listening to the podcast "Anything Goes with Emma Chamberlain", baking, or most importantly, jamming out to Taylor Swift. Bella is incredibly excited to work with such wonderful people and is looking forward to advocating for theater, performing with talented thespians, and having fun with her fellow STOs!

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Theresa Edery

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Jackson Mem. HS, Troupe 2664

STO

Theresa Edery is ecstatic to represent NJ Thespians for the 2021-2022 term as the first ever STO from Thespian Troupe #2664! Theresa is a senior at Jackson Memorial High School and is the International Thespian Society Coordinator for the Jag Stage Players. She has been involved with theater since she was nine years old, and truly believes that the stage is where she gained her confidence and ability to communicate with others, which has since led her to fantastic opportunities in life so far. Some of her favorite past shows include Chicago, Hunchback of Notre Dame, It's a Wonderful Life, and Addams Family: Quarantine Edition. She is also co-captain of the JMHS Color Guard, a member of the STEM Academy, and participates in other activities such as Math League and National Honor Society. Theresa enjoys spending time with family and friends, learning to cook new vegetarian recipes, and going for walks in her free time. She is incredibly excited to experience festival as well as work alongside her fellow STOs, and can't wait for a fantastic year!

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Courtney Sabogal

Hightstown HS, Troupe 3991

STO

Courtney Sabogal is extremely honored to be an NJ STO and represent Thespian Troupe 3991 again! Courtney is a senior at Hightstown High School and is the president of the HHS Drama Club. Some of her past shows include The Theory of Relativity (Julie), She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms (Kaliope), Into the Woods (Little Red Ridinghood), and Arsenic and Old Lace (Martha). Other than being onstage, Courtney is involved with the Red Cross Club and is on the girls' golf team. Some of her interests include spending time with her dog Lyla and watching Survivor. A fun fact about Courtney is that she is oddly good at the water shooting games at carnivals. Courtney is so incredibly excited to work alongside such amazing, talented, and dedicated people and is looking forward to a fantastic year!!

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Chloe Edwards

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Rancocas Valley HS, Troupe 1555

STO

Chloe Edwards, a senior at Rancocas Valley Regional HS, is excited to be about of the STO board for the 2021-2022 school. She is serving as a Junior STO Mentor. Some of her favorite productions include Chicago (Roxie Hart) and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Marcy Park). This year, Chloe is looking forward to performing in her school’s production of Pippin as ‘Leading Player’. At school, Chloe is vice president of Rancocas Valley Regional HS’ Troupe 1555’s Thespian’s Society and proud founder of her school’s Social Justice club. Chloe is also apart of her school’s chapter of National Honors Society, National Science Honors Society, and National French Honors Society. She is incredibly excited for what this year will bring!

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Paige Cripps

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Toms River HS North, Troupe 7455

STO

Paige Cripps is a student at Toms River High School North, proudly representing Troupe #7455. Paige has participated in the crew since her sophomore year and has worked as a stage manager on North Nautical Star’s productions of Shrek and A Killer Party in previous years. She will be reprising her role as stage manager for their 2021-2022 musical Matilda and couldn’t be more ecstatic. Outside of theater, Paige is the Drum Major for the Toms River North Marching Mariners, the Director of Fundraising for the MEDLIFE Mariners, a member of National Honor Society, and volunteers around her community often. Some hobbies of hers include playing flute and piccolo, spending time outside, reading, listening to music, and doing endless amounts of homework. She also loves the beach, sunrises and sunsets, and has a deep, unwavering affinity for sushi. Paige is super excited for this year and cannot wait to be a part of the true NJ Thespians experience!

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Brooke Birbilis

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GCIT, Troupe 5480

STO

Brooke Birbilis is beyond excited to be a STO for New Jersey Thespians. Outside the state board, she attends GCIT as a senior in the performing arts program. She is an active member on Thespian Troupe 5480 and served as their Secretary for the 2020-2021 school year. Outside of Thespian she is the current Vice President of GCIT’s National Honor Society/National Technical Honor Society Board. Her favorite credits include Cassie (A Chorus Line), Rona Lisa Perreti (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), and Katherine Plumber (Newsies). She is very keen on her academics and also enjoys playing different instruments including the ukulele. Brooke also was one of the Democracy Works Essay Winners from the 2021 Thespian Festival. She also loves to hang out with friends and family, and Brooke is so happy to be apart of the STO family!