I graduated in 2011 from Franklin Pierce University with degrees in Theatre and English.
I wanted to become a TIGER because I care deeply about using the arts to help kids find themselves.
I most certainly have! I had a terrible time in middle and high school, and I wish that I had a group like TIGER to let me know that I wasn’t all alone. Being a victim of bullying is a terribly lonely thing; you feel like you must be doing something wrong! I want kids to know that it is not alright to feel terrible all the time, especially at such a young age. Children need to know that their communities are full of people that not only know how, but truly want to help them.
I don’t think it’s fair to give more meaning to one moment more than another, because we are approached at every show and in every workshop by a student or an adult that has a story. I suppose I could say that I am touched daily by the fact that we meet so many people who are willing to share their pain in order to help others.
All kinds! I really do enjoy a little bit of everything. My iPod is filled to the brim with bluegrass, mid century french pop, west coast rap, swedish dance pop, and many many other things. I particularly love anything with a horn section, handclaps, or a shout-along chorus.
I am inspired by the courage and creativity that I see in other people. I am greatly inspired by and in awe of Dolly Parton, Patti Smith, Michelle Obama, and the late great Jim Henson.
When faced with something new and different, my mother has always said “It works for me!”. Seeing as how I am turning into my mother, well, it works for me!
TIGER Song: The other Tigers will roll their eyes at this one, but “There’s Always Room for Another Friend”!
Musical: Into the Woods. No one is better than Sondheim.
Movie: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Author: Ernest Hemingway
Actor: Bill Murray
Actress: Kate Winslet
TV Show: Friday Night Lights
Hobbes is the best Tiger of all time! He’s the best friend a kid could ask for. He’s creative, caring, challenging, and compassionate, and most of all, he’s real!
“This year was our fourth year to host the TIGER Program for our school. Each year, you wonder if they can put together a program better than the previous year. Well they have and it was the best one yet! I would recommend hosting this program in your school.”
- K. L. Barbour, Principal, Bessie C. Rowell School.