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2023-2024 Thespian Officers

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President - Jess Paine

Jess Paine is honored to assume the role of Thespian President for the 2023-24 term. With a dedicated history of three years serving on the Thespian officer team and an impressive four-year tenure in The Lake Travis Theatre Company, Jess brings a wealth of experience to her new position.


Her impressive theatrical portfolio includes standout performances as Paulette Buonufonte in "Legally Blonde" and Heather McNamara in "Heathers." Beyond her theatrical pursuits, Jess also holds the esteemed position of Senior Historian within the Cavalier Choir and is a distinguished member of the National Honor Society (NHS).


Looking ahead, Jess is resolute in her ambition to pursue a career in theatre education, aspiring to become a high school theatre director. Her passion for the performing arts and dedication to fostering future talents make her an exceptional leader for Troupe 4535.


As she embarks on this exciting journey, Jess eagerly anticipates a fulfilling year ahead, replete with opportunities to connect with and nurture the talents of the esteemed members of Troupe 4535.


“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you.” - Jane Goodall

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Vice President - Eva Berry 


Eva Berry is honored to assume the role of Vice President for the Lake Travis Theatre Company during the 2023-2024 academic year. With a lifelong passion for the performing arts, Eva's journey in theatre began in elementary school, and she is now elated to bring her extensive experience to her senior year, collaborating closely with the officer team and the esteemed members of Troupe 4535.


Eva's recent theatrical contributions include memorable performances as Rosaline in "After Juliet" and Serena in "Legally Blonde." Beyond her theatrical endeavors, she holds notable leadership positions, serving as the Parliamentarian of the National Honor Society (NHS), President of the French Club, President of the LT Recycling Association, and co-captain of both the women's track and cross country teams.


Driven by a profound interest in biomedical engineering and a fervent aspiration to embark on a career in neuroscience, Eva exemplifies a commitment to academic excellence and innovation. Her dedication to diverse fields of study and extracurricular involvement is a testament to her multifaceted talents and leadership abilities.


As Eva takes on this significant role, she extends her best wishes for a remarkable and rewarding year ahead for all involved in the theatre community, hoping that everyone will experience stellar success and growth in their artistic pursuits.


“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” - Oscar Wilde

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Secretary- Lance Nájera 

Lance Nájera, a seasoned senior, holds the esteemed role of Secretary for the Lake Travis Theatre Company (LTTC) during the current academic year. With a wealth of experience garnered over multiple years of dedicated involvement within the program, Lance is primed to contribute his expertise to the troupe's success.


As a senior, Lance also steps into the role of Senior Director with unwavering enthusiasm, ready to provide invaluable leadership. In addition to his theatrical pursuits, he is a dedicated member of LT's Choir program, where he not only serves as a council member but also takes on the role of student conductor, showcasing his versatility and leadership qualities. Furthermore, Lance is an active participant in the ZACH Pre-Professional Program, further enriching his artistic journey.


In his capacity as Secretary, Lance plays a pivotal role in ensuring the smooth operation of LTTC. His responsibilities encompass event organization, meticulous record-keeping, and the dissemination of information through the monthly LTTC Thespian Newsletter.


With Lance's dedication and organizational acumen, the troupe can look forward to a well-coordinated and successful year ahead, marked by outstanding performances and exceptional events.


 “At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.” ~Frida Kahlo

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Treasurer - Garrett Grant 


Garrett Grant assumes the role of Thespian Treasurer for the 2023-2024 academic year with great enthusiasm and determination. As a sophomore, he brings a fresh perspective and an unwavering commitment to supporting the exceptional Lake Travis Theatre Company, poised as one of the finest in Texas.



Eager to forge connections and collaborate with new members, Garrett embodies a proactive and inclusive leadership approach. His dedication extends beyond the theatre, as he also serves as an Officer for the Model United Nations program, showcasing his versatile leadership skills and commitment to excellence.

Garrett's theatrical contributions include notable performances in productions such as "Legally Blonde," "10 Worst Breakups of All Time," and the PPC Showcase, reflecting his dedication to the craft and his artistic prowess.


With a passion for the performing arts and a resolute drive to make this academic year the most memorable yet, Garrett Grant is poised to contribute significantly to the success and growth of the Lake Travis Theatre Company. Get ready for an extraordinary year of high school theatre under his capable stewardship!


“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others”. - Pericles 

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Parliamentarian - Ella Swinford


Ella Swinford proudly assumes the role of Parliamentarian for the 2023-2024 school year, bringing her dedication and passion to the forefront of the Lake Travis Theatre Company. As a junior, Ella looks forward to leveraging her expertise in thespian points and induction processes to support the troupe's growth and success, while eagerly anticipating the unfolding of this academic year.


Ella's theatrical journey spans as far back as her memory allows, showcasing her unwavering commitment to the art form. With aspirations to forge a career in musical theatre, she embodies a deep-seated passion for the stage.


Beyond her thespian pursuits, Ella serves as the Librarian on the Choir Council, underscoring her organizational skills and commitment to fostering a creative environment. Her impressive theatrical repertoire boasts recent performances in acclaimed productions including "Ride the Cyclone," "Singin' in the Rain," "PUFFS," "Rock of Ages," and "Legally Blonde."


As Ella takes on her responsibilities as Parliamentarian, her enthusiasm sets the stage for an exceptional year of theatre, promising a season filled with outstanding performances, growth, and memorable experiences for all involved. Get ready to be captivated by the magic of theatre in the coming months!


“Overcome the notion that you must be regular. It robs you of the chance to be extraordinary.” – Uta Hagen

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Historian - Rachel Looper

Rachel, a dedicated junior, proudly serves as Thespian Historian for the current school year. Her deep affection for the Lake Travis Theatre Company (LTTC) program and its community is palpable, driving her commitment to preserving its rich history and capturing the moments that make it memorable.


Rachel's journey into the Thespian Society, initiated during her sophomore year, stands as a testament to one of the best decisions she has made, further underscoring her passion for the performing arts. Her contributions to the program extend beyond the spotlight, as she played a pivotal role behind the scenes, meticulously assembling costumes for last year's fall show and musical.


Additionally, Rachel's keen eye and dedication to documenting the troupe's events and activities are evident through her role as the Thespian Historian. Whether you've seen her capturing candid moments or sought her assistance for a photo at a thespian event, Rachel is a warm and familiar presence who seeks to connect with every member of the troupe.


With a friendly demeanor and an unwavering commitment to community engagement, Rachel looks forward to building meaningful relationships and ensuring that every thespian's journey is cherished and documented this year. Her dedication promises to enrich the LTTC experience and celebrate its vibrant history.


“Life is beautiful not because of the things we see or do. Life is beautiful because of the people we meet” - Simon Sinek

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Social Media - Susan Crumbley


Susan Crumbley assumes the role of Social Media Liaison with great enthusiasm and a deep sense of responsibility for the 2023-24 school year. As she embarks on her final year in the esteemed Lake Travis Theatre Company (LTTC), Susan is resolute in her commitment to ensuring that this year is nothing short of exceptional.


With a strong sense of belonging to the program, Susan is eager to contribute her skills and enthusiasm to enhance the LTTC experience. Her impressive theatrical portfolio includes notable performances as Vivienne in "Legally Blonde" and Miranda in "Rough Magic," which have established her as a talented and dedicated member of the troupe.

In her capacity as Social Media Liaison, Susan shoulders the responsibility of managing various online platforms, including Instagram, TikTok, and all other social media channels associated with Troupe #4535. She is dedicated to creating an engaging and informative online presence for the troupe.


Susan looks forward to building connections and getting to know each member throughout the year. Her passion for the arts and commitment to the LTTC community will undoubtedly contribute to a successful and memorable year ahead.


“Any moment might be our last. Everything is more beautiful because we’re doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now. We will never be here again.” - Homer

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Improv Captain - Kate Kingsley

Kate Kingsley is a junior and honored to assume the role of Improv Captain for the 2023-2024 school year, bringing a wealth of experience and dedication to this esteemed position. Her active involvement in the program since her freshman year underscores her commitment to the art of improvisational theater.


With a theatrical repertoire that boasts standout performances such as Julia in "Lend Me a Tenor," Margot in "Legally Blonde," and Olivia Rivers in "Puffs," Kate has proven herself as a versatile and accomplished member of the troupe.


Beyond her theatrical pursuits, Kate finds solace in her love for music and cherishes quality time spent with friends. Her passion for the performing arts extends to her desire to foster growth and inspire passion in others, making her an invaluable asset to the troupe.


Kate eagerly anticipates the opportunity to forge new connections and kindle the flames of enthusiasm for improv among her peers. Her leadership and dedication promise an exciting year ahead, marked by artistic excellence and camaraderie within the improv community.


“If you are happy what you are doing, then nobody can tell you that you’re not successful” - Harry Styles

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Troupe Technical Director - Jack Woods

Jack Woods is honored to assume the esteemed position of Thespian Troupe Technical Director for the 2023-24 school year. As a junior, Jack brings a wealth of experience to his role, having been an integral part of the technical theater department for all three years of his high school journey.


His dedication to serving as the Technical Director this year underscores his commitment to fostering collaboration and excellence within the troupe. Jack's multifaceted involvement extends beyond the theatre, as he holds the position of Vice President in the Spanish Club and plays officer roles within the USITT club.


With a keen sense of anticipation, Jack eagerly looks forward to engaging with all members at meetings and during the upcoming theatrical productions, where his technical expertise will undoubtedly shine.


“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground” - Theodore Roosevelt 

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