STO – Bios

Emily Bonham-Janes is currently enjoying her senior year at Evans High School in Augusta, Georgia. She’s an active member in her home troupe #3786 and is thrilled to serve her fellow Georgia Thespians this year on the board. In her free time, she participates in community theatre, leads her troupe into new adventures, and paces around while pretending she is a part of her own music video. She finds herself deeply inspired by the strong women around her, her father, and the musical stylings of David Bowie. Emily plans to pursue a career in musical theatre and arts administration in hopes to be a director of her own troupe someday! She is psyched to be able to grow as a leader and get to know you all at conference!

John Bush Jr. is extremely excited to be entering his senior year at Gainesville High School, Troupe 2445. He is extremely honored to be serving as your 2018-2019 State Thespian Officer as well as your 2018-2019 International Thespian Officer. Outside of theatre, he is an avid guitar player, lover of ventriloquism, and Star Wars fanatic. John looks forward to serving the Georgia Thespian community this year.

Constantin Claassen is relatively nervous to be a senior at Northview High School, Troupe 6577. He is incredibly enthusiastic to serve as one of Georgia’s State Thespian Officers and be a voice for Georgia Thespians. Outside of theatre, he also participates in Mock Trial as well as being involved with National Honors Society. Constantin is an avid Harry Potter (Slytherin) and all-things-Disney fan. He cannot wait to talk to all of you Thespians at Leadcon and Thescon, whether it’s about your patronus or theatre.

Quinn Conrath is a junior at Buford High School, Troupe 2971, and is extremely excited to be a State Thespian Officer for 2018-2019! At Buford, Quinn is a member of his Choral and Band programs, and acts in both the musicals and plays. He is a two time all state chorus member, a three time all state band member, and a part of his literary team. He enjoys Alabama football, having lunch with friends, and a solid croissant. Quinn is so excited to serve the amazing people of Georgia Thespians! Feel free to contact him with any questions on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat @quinnconrath!

Cooper McGill is a senior at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School, in Augusta, Georgia, troupe 3782. Being a State Thespian Officer has been his dream since 8th grade, when he served as one of Georgia’s JSTOs.  He fell in love with theatre when he was nine years old and performed in his first musical ever as part of the children’s chorus in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Since then, he has performed in community and school productions regularly.  When he is not performing, he is training with Broadway Artists Alliance in New York, in hopes of one day making his passion a career.  When he is not singing, acting, or dancing, Cooper enjoys college football (specifically the Clemson Tigers) and playing basketball.  He considers it one of his greatest honors so far in life to serve you as an STO and to bring his enthusiasm for life and theatre to his fellow Georgia Thespians. 

Kandyce Whittingham is having the time of her life as a senior at Columbus High School where she is a proud member and president of Troupe #5390! She is absolutely ecstatic to be serving on the 2018-2019 STO board for her fellow thespians around the state. In college, she hopes to pursue a career in arts administration so she can continue to lead, advocate, and inspire patrons of the arts across the nation. In her free time, she enjoys rewatching The Office, diving deep into conspiracy theories, traveling, and searching for the world’s best apple pie with Cooper. She could not be more thankful for Georgia Thespians, and she can’t wait to meet all of you at this year’s upcoming LeadCons and ThesCon!

Jahlaynia Winters is a senior from Calhoun High School, Troupe #2940 and is ecstatic to be serving as one of your 2018-2019 Georgia State Thespian Officers. In addition to her position on the state level, she proudly serves as her school’s Troupe President and head of social media. Jahlaynia is a lover of not only theatre, but also sunflowers, mom jeans, her “Feelin’ Good” Spotify playlist, and caramel lattes at Starbucks. When she’s not performing or planning for the future of her troupe, you can actually catch her hanging with friends, family, or running to any and every local thrift store adding new pieces to her collection. She is so thankful for this opportunity to reach students across the state, and advocate for the Georgia Thespian community.