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OUR MISSION STATEMENT

It is the mission of the West Virginia Thespians to advocate for and celebrate excellence in theatre arts education at the school, community, and state levels. WV Thespians promotes passion for the arts and empowerment of all students through theatrical and leadership experiences that provide creative enrichment for students and teachers.

WV Thespians achieved Silver level for national Honor Chapter for 2023.

OUR GOVERNING BOARD

Chapter Director :  Martha Louden

182 Maddex Farm Drive, Shepherdstown, WV 25443

Phone: (304) 886-8805; email: mblouden@yahoo.com

 

Area 1 : Dan Henthorn - Magnolia HS

601 Maple Avenue, New Martinsville, WV 2655

Phone: w: (304) 455-1990; email: dmhenthorn@gmail.com

COUNTIES:  Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, Ohio, Tyler and Wetzel

 

Area 2: Erin Adams - Fairmont Sr. HS

1 Loop Park, Fairmont, WV 26554

Email: elzuchowski@k12.wv.us

SCHOOLS:  Bridgeport HS, Fairmont Sr. HS, Grafton HS, Lincoln HS, Morgantown HS, Robert C. Byrd HS, North Marion HS, University HS; COUNTIES: Doddridge, N. Harrison, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Tyler

 

Area 3: Joshua Riese – Spring Mills HS

499 Campus Drive, Martinsburg, WV 25404

Email: joshua.riese@k12.wv.us

COUNTIES:  Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral and Morgan

 

Area 4: Jason Young – Vintage Theatre Company

Email: VintageTheatreCo@gmail.com

SCHOOLS:  Buckhannon-Upshur HS, Elkins HS, Lewis Co. HS, Notre Dame HS, South Harrison HS, Tucker Co. HS; COUNTIES: Barbour, S. Harrison, Lewis, Pendleton, Randolph, Tucker, Upshur

 

Area 5: Doug Parks – Parkersburg South HS

1511 Blizzard Drive, Parkersburg, WV 26101

Phone: w: (304) 532.2615; email: ldparks@k12.wv.us

COUNTIES:  Braxton, Calhoun, Gilmer, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt and

Wood

 

Area 6: Robin Bunch Bailey, Chapmanville Regional HS

200 Vance Street, Chapmanville, WV 25508

Email: robin.bailey@k12.wv.us

COUNTIES:  Boone, Cabell, Clay, Kanawha, Mingo, Lincoln, Mason, Putnam, Wayne and

Logan

 

Area 7: Jamie Jarvis - Webster County HS

1 Highlander Drive, Cowen, WV 26206

Email: james.jarvis@k12wv.us

COUNTIES: Fayette, Greenbrier, Summers, McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Nicholas, PocahontasRaleigh, Webster and Wyoming

 

State Thespian Officer (STO) Advisor: Caitlin Maxwell  - Email: cplmaxwell17@gmail.com

Member at Large: Jared St. Martin Brown - Email: jbrown@k12.wv.us

Member at Large: Eric Zuchowski - Email: ezuchowski@gmail.com

College/University Representative: Michael Aulick - West Liberty University; Email; maulick@westliberty.edu

   

STUDENT THESPIAN OFFICERS 2023/2024

Victoria Baldwin, Bridgeport HSl                                  

Zander Parks, Parkersburg South HS

Samara Casto, Ripley HS        

Caroline Rollyson, Huntington HS

Gabby Christie, Bridgeport HS                                         

Heather Sanns, Huntington HS

Amelia Davis, Parkersburg HS                                          

Sophia Schroeder, Bridgeport HS

Alyson Henson, Huntington HS                                          

Bella Siers, Bridgeport HS

Wyatt Higby, Ripley HS                                                      

Isabell Smith-Pounds, Hedgesville HS

Payton Hill, HS                                                

Olivia Southall, Ripley HS

Kandace Ledsome, Fairmont Sr. HS                                

Shane Totten, Bridgeport HS

Zoe Levy, Martinsburg HS                                              

 Logan Vandevender, Webster County HS

Nataly Martinez, Martinsburg HS                        

Lauren Young, Parkersburg HS

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives

WV Thespians is resolutely committed to accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion in the life and culture of our organization. Through evaluation of our policies and practices, WV Thespians will work to bring awareness to marginalized voices, bodies, and stories. We will listen and learn about adversity, discrimination, and racism and adopt anti-racist and anti-discriminatory practices.

We believe that all people deserve access to theatre, and that theatre better reflects life when everyone is a part of the conversation. We promise to make our organization, conferences, and services available to all. We pledge  to create an environment that welcomes as many people as possible, and to identify, address, and eliminate barriers.

The commitment and dedication of our board and membership motivate the opportunities that are available through WV Thespians. We value the interconnectedness of individuals who are devoted to theatre in WV schools and state to create a strong community of theatre practitioners.

The sharing of ideas, best practices, and opportunities is a critical component to our organization and the growth of theatre as an art form. We pledge clear, consistent, and efficient communication to support the needs of our membership and the progress of theatre in our schools.

We highly regard the life, stories, and theatre that lifts up people from a wide variety of lived experiences and we pledge to support the most vulnerable among us and provide opportunities for all people.

We promise to conduct business with humility and sincerity, to seek truth in all interactions, to put the needs of our teachers and students first, to show respect to those who choose to share their expertise and to operate with strong moral and ethical standards. 

We are inspired by the passion of our membership for theatre as an art form. We believe in the power of stories, in shared ideals, and the ability of theatre to make change in the world. WV Thespians is committed to sharing this passion with others and inspiring the future of theatre in our schools.

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