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Iowa Thespian Student Board

The members of the Iowa Thespian Student Board represent all Thespians in the State of Iowa as the student leaders of the Iowa Thespian Chapter Board. The ITCSB is selected at the Iowa Thespian Festival, and members serve from November to November. Activities include:

For information on becoming part of the Iowa Thespian Chapter Board, click here!

Abbie Ali Girsch is super excited to serve as an STO for Iowa Thespians! Since second grade, Ali has loved all aspects of theatre. Some of her favorite roles include, Jane in Mary Poppins, Young Cosette in Les Miserables, and Young Fiona in Shrek the Musical. Ali also had the privilege of performing as Olive in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Iowa State Thespian Festival! When Ali isn't performing, she's at show choir rehearsal, Youth group, and spending time with her friends and family! Ali adores and loves all of her STO companions and cannot wait to spend time with them this year! 
MF Isobel La Corte is serving as one half of the Communications duo on the Student Thespian Board. Isobel is currently a Sophomore representative on the Thespian board of Troupe #739, North Scott High School. Isobel has been seen on stage since she was a young ballerina in multiple Nutcrackers, through middle school productions and local community theatre summer shows, and now can been seen often on the North Scott High School stage. Some of her favorite roles include Little Red in the production of Into the Woods, Tweedledum in  Alice in Wonderland, and Milicent from Nice Work if You Can Get It.  Outside of the theatre world Isobel is involved in North Scott Singers, and A bit of Treble (jazz choir). She plays oboe and alto sax, and is a part of her school's art club. Isobel is super excited about serving on the Iowa Student Thespian Board this year, and cannot wait to meet everyone and share her love of theatre!!
Maddy Nik LaMaack attends troupe #3994, Davenport North High School and is proud to be a member of the Iowa State Thespian Board. He started drama as a freshman with his first role as “Motel Kamzoil” in Fiddler on the Roof. He then played “Orin Dennis” in Children of a Lesser God and was blessed with the opportunity to perform the show at International Thespian Festival. Other shows he has been involved with include: Moon Over Buffalo, Charlotte’s Web, and Kiss Me Kate. His favorite play is Unexpected Tenderness and his favorite musical is Xanadu. Nik is a two year dance captain for North’s varsity showchoir, Northside Establishment, and has choreographed for both Northside Establishment and the prep showchoir, Center Stage. He is the Vice President of Environmental Club, and also a member of National Honor Society, Junior Optimist Octagon International, Student Council, and serves as an Ambassador for North. His future plans are to attend Columbia College Chicago with a Major in Early Childhood Education and a Double Minor in Dance and American Sign Language. He just wants to let the world know that, “It is never too late to dive into drama!”

Maddy “Madge” Mann
Ironically enough, there are two Madelyn/Madeline – Maddy/Maddies on the board again this year, so Maddy is now going by “Madge”; the name originated from her director and has been shortened from Madrigal. This is Madge’s second year on the Iowa Student Chapter Board. She has hit a few of life’s road bumps lately, but theatre has always been there to lift her up. She immerses herself in the songs of Broadway and the lives of other characters when reality gets her down. Much like last year, she still sings and dances to Broadway musical soundtracks in her house, in public facilities, and just about anywhere else you can think of. She thoroughly loves to defy gravity whenever possible. She has been involved in theatre since third grade and has been casted for parts anywhere from two lines, to the chorus, to the lead role. She loves everyone in her theatre family; she has a pretty big one. She can’t wait to see you at festival again this year!

Emmy Brittany Smith is honored to be serving on the 2015/2016 Iowa Thespian Chapter Board! She was cast in her first musical at five years old and has loved theatre ever since. Currently a junior, Brittany has performed in 23 theatrical productions and 9 Iowa speech events. Off the stage, Brittany is a Set Crew leader for Thespian Troupe #69 and has served on the school's thespian board. As a ninth grader Brittany was a part of the first freshmen group to win a banner in the Iowa High School Speech Association, the banner was for ensemble acting. The following year she won another banner, this time for group mime. She also won in both group and duet acting at Iowa State Thespian Festival in 2014. Outside of theatre she loves to spend time with family, play hockey, and cuddle with her Black Lab, Shadow. She also serves as a member of The Dubuque Area Youth Leadership Council, was Leader of the freshmen Respect Retreat and is a "Green Dot" -anti-violence representative in her school. Brittany is thrilled to be working with such an amazing group of State Thespian officers and cannot wait to interact with Iowa thespians at Festival 2016!
RW Maddie Topliff
Theatre stole Maddie's heart at the innocent age of 9, after she saw Annie at the Civic Center. Since then, she hasn't been able to get enough. Maddie loves performing so much, and she gets her fix at GHS by participating in choir, colorguard, large group speech, individual speech, and GHS productions. Not to mention that she's also a part of her church's Praise Team and loves to dabble in community musicals. Currently Maddie serves as her troupe's and as her Curtain Club's communications officer. Maddie's goal is to give the gift of theatre and passion to as many people as she can, and that's why she co-founded the GMS drama club last year, hoping to make middle schoolers' lives a little more sparkly. Outside of the fine arts, Maddie loves running cross country, playing soccer, listening to music (JUSTIN BIEBERRR), and watching football with her dad.  Maddie loves her fellow STOs so much and is so honored to be apart of this group. She just knows that Festival 2016 is going to be the best yet! See you then!!!
RW Sally Walker is extremely excited to be a part of the Iowa State Chapter Board for 2016! Theatre has always been a big part of Sally's life, but it wasn't till her 7th grade year when she was finally onstage. Her first role was Anne, a runaway Hippie, in her Junior High's version of Groovy. Since then she was hooked, and hasn't left the stage since. Her favorite roles have been Constanze in Amadeus, Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof, and Stepdaughter in Six Characters in Search of an Author. When Sally isn't doing theatre (which is very rare) she is in choir, where she has been an officer all three years, she participates in large group speech, plays guitar, advocates for the arts, and spends time with her family and friends. Sally is proud to come from Pleasant Valley's Troupe 856, where she got to know her closest friends. She is also very excited to be working with such an amazing STO board. Sally loves the world of theatre, and all those in it. Sally truly believes that the theatre community is a huge family, and she can't wait to meet all her theatre brothers and sisters at Iowa ThesFest 2016!