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Student Thespian Officers

  • 1.  Student Thespian Officers

    Posted 11-06-2019 15:35
    For the first time I have several students who want to represent our troupe as the Student Thespian Officers at our State Festival. I'm holding interviews with the potential candidates. What questions would you ask in such an interview?

    I plan to ask:

    1. What do you think it means to be a STO and why do you think you are the best person for the job?

    2. What is your leadership style?

    3. When working with other students what would you do if you don't agree with their ideas?

    What would you ask? Would you word any of my questions differently?


    Kristi Jacobs-Stanley
    Louisiana Co-Chapter Director

  • 2.  RE: Student Thespian Officers

    Posted 11-07-2019 06:18
    Sounds good to me.

    Laura Rizzo
    Theatre Teacher/Director
    Miami Country Day School
    Miami FL

  • 3.  RE: Student Thespian Officers

    Posted 11-07-2019 10:38
    Edited by Ginny Butsch 11-07-2019 10:40
    If you already know them pretty well, I think those would be great.

    I helped hire RA's in college, and to me this seems similar (a position of leadership/responsibility among peers). From that experience, I learned to ask for specific examples and stories. We didn't always know them, so this prevented them from giving us generic answers they thought we wanted to hear and we had better insight into the actual person. For example, instead of #3, maybe try: "Describe a conflict you had with another student in the past and how you resolved it."

    Here are some others along the same lines that we used during interviews:

    Tell me about a time when you used leadership abilities to make a group project successful.

    Why do you want to be an STO? (to make sure they are applying for the right reasons)

    What do you think is the most difficult aspect of being an STO? (to make sure they understand that leadership roles mean additional responsibility and won't always be fun).

    What are some specific goals you'd like to accomplish as an STO?

    Ginny Butsch
    Community Engagement Manager
    Educational Theatre Association
    Cincinnati OH

  • 4.  RE: Student Thespian Officers

    Posted 11-07-2019 10:43
    These are super helpful! Thanks Ginny!!

    Kristi Jacobs-Stanley
    Louisiana Co-Chapter Director

  • 5.  RE: Student Thespian Officers

    Posted 11-07-2019 11:30
    Two questions I would ask:

    1. What is your greatest weakness.?

    2. What is your greatest strength?

    These will give you an idea of how honest they are with themselves.  I have found the answers to these questions to be quite enlightening.



    Mack Dugger
    Glendale CA

  • 6.  RE: Student Thespian Officers

    Posted 11-07-2019 17:00

    I would consider adding a couple of questions that cover the following:

    • Who is a leader the student admires and what are the qualities that they've observed in that person

    • What is one project the current state STO's oversee and how would the candidate build upon that event.

    • How do they approach working with peers when they are in the role of a leader.

    Krista Carson Elhai
    CA Educational Theatre Association, Past President
    CA Thespians Director of Membership & New Teacher Outreach
    Theatre Chair Claremont HS
    An International Baccalaureate World School
    Claremont CA