By: STO Marisa Berrones, Midland High School, Troupe 3376
STO Jessica Pisana was a part of Troupe 7637, where she worked as a tech member who specialized in sound design. She served on the 2018 board when the theme was “Beyond Your Wildest Dreams” and 2019 when the theme was “Build”. She is currently a student studying education and human sciences.
Q: What was it that made you want to run to be an STO?
A: There was an STO a year before me, Heather, and I was amazed by everything she was doing. It was so cool seeing the officers at festival! I knew I wanted to be a part of it. Also, because I feel theatre education is extremely important and wanted to help advocate for the arts.
Q: What is your favorite memory of being an STO?
A: My favorite memory of being an STO was the very last night of the 2019 festival. All the STOs were on stage dancing together just enjoying the last moments we knew we were all going to be together. I remember being overfilled with emotions because I was so proud of everything we accomplished that year. I never wanted that moment to end.
Q: What was your favorite musical then? What is it now?
A: My favorite musical then was the “Great Comet of 1812”. My favorite musical now is still the “Great Comet of 1812”, because it is the most amazing musical!
Q: What did you learn as an STO that you still carry with you?
A: I learned to take in every moment. Especially as an STO, time is very limited, so it really taught me to make memories on every occasion.
Q: If you could go back, what would you have done differently in high school?
A: I would have spent less time stressing and more time hanging out with the people I care about.
Q: What would you have done differently in your troupe?
A: I wish I would have made it more clear that I was there to support every one of them.
Q: What would you have done differently as an STO?
A: Especially my first year as in an STO, I would have tried to put myself out there more. I was too nervous to speak my opinion or show what I could offer. I know now that was so silly because everyone there was very supportive and kind.
Q: If you could send your troupe one message what would it be?
A: I would thank them for helping me meet my two best friends and showing me what friendship really means. I would thank Emma and Emily for being by my side through it all and still being there to support me. Finally, I would remind my troupe to always be inclusive.
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Happy New Year,
Your 2021 Texas State Thespian Officers