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If you are interested in running for office, please fill out the google form located here! Also, please have your troupe director fill out the rating form located here.

State Thespian Officers​

Lie Olberding - President

“Lie Olberding is a part of the 2025 graduating class at Las Cruces High School. She has been pursuing theatre since fifth grade and plans to continue as a career. He is currently the president of the New Mexico State Thespian Officers and president of troupe 1939. She has acted, stage managed, designed, and directed over fifteen productions.”

Harly Malabanan- Vice President

“Harly, the current Vice-President of the New Mexico State Thespian Officers, is a junior of Bernalillo Highschool and has been participating in theatre for 4 years. She is currently interested in the design aspects of theatre and film.”

Peter Mayeux - Representative

“Peter Mayeux is a Junior at PVHS. He has been involved with theatre for quite a while and is excited to be returning as an STO this year, hoping to support the theatre community across New Mexico and further.”

Grace Woodall - Representative

"Grace Woodall (She/Her) has been involved in theater her entire life and couldn’t wait to make her mark in acting. Along being an STO officer she is currently publicist for Troupe 5954. She is extremely excited and grateful for this opportunity. She wants to go to college and major in Acting and minor in Marketing!"

Bailey Schwartz - Representative

Hi there! My name is Bailey Schwartz, and I am a first-year STO. Although I have been involved in theatre for about two years, I have developed a great passion for this art. As someone with a hearing disability, I understand firsthand the challenges that come with having a disability in theatre. As a new member, my goal is to advocate for greater accessibility for disabled individuals in theatre programs and to promote understanding and inclusivity between disabled and non-disabled members.

August Steele - Representative

August (he/him) is a junior at Albuquerque Academy, vice president of his school's thespian troupe, an avid lover of theatre and the theatre world, and very enthusiastic about becoming a state thespian officer for New Mexico. He loves acting on stage, but he thrives best when stage-managing and coordinating, which is what he dedicates most of his time to. When not behind a cue book, you can find Augi maintaining his best academically, writing science fiction, enjoying the company of friends, and co-leading his school's improv club. State Thespian officer August Steele hopes to use his technical management abilities to further coordinate, record, establish, and communicate an already wonderful program to allow the ever-present talent of our state to shine brighter and to ideally leave the New Mexican Thespian Troupe more organized and approachable than ever!

Josiah Ortega - Representative

Hi, I'm Josiah Ortega, a junior at Mayfield High School. I am the junior class Secretary for student government and the Vice President for the Mayfield High School theater club! I hope to one day pursue acting. I'm also very active in my community and love to spread kindness!

Serena Apodaca - Representative

Serena (She/Her) is ecstatic to be one of your New Mexico State Thespian Officers this year! In fourth grade, Serena started her first community theatre experience with the Children's Music Theater of Alamogordo with "Mary Poppins." Since then, she's done "Narnia, the Musical," "Alice in Christmas Land," and "The Hobbit: a Musical." Now, she attends Moreno Valley High School in Angel Fire, NM. At Moreno, she played Annabeth in "The Lightning Thief". She will play Lorraine in the school's upcoming production of "All Shook Up." Serena participated in New Mexico's 2024 All-State choir. She looks forward to competing for a Thespy at this year's nationals with her Musical Theatre solo. In her downtime, she chills with her pet parrot, Havoc. Havoc's pronouns are He/Him/Ryan Reynolds.

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