Our Team

Trish Lindberg

Artistic Director

Artistic director Trish Lindberg, is a professor and the coordinator of the MEd in integrated arts program at Plymouth State University. Recently named the Stevens-Bristow Distinguished Professor, Lindberg seeks, through her work with TIGER, to bring children and the arts together in powerful new ways.

Co-founded in 2003, with Gary Goodnough, Gail Mears, and Kate Mausolf, Theatre Integrating Guidance, Education and Responsibility (TIGER), has performed for over 500,000 children in schools throughout New England.

In addition to recently creating an interactive original e-learning program called Turbo TIGER, in collaboration with PSU graduate students and other professionals, which is now available to schools, TIGER has also produced many original TIGER musical performances exploring difficult social issues children face in schools and in life. In the Fall of 2012, TIGER also created an original television pilot on bullying with NHPTV, winning a regional Emmy for the best produced Children’s/Youth program, a bronze Telly, and a first place for best feature given by the NH Broadcasters Association.

 

Lindberg teaches graduate and undergraduate courses at Plymouth State University, and is artistic director of the Flying Monkey Family Theatre in Plymouth, NH, the St. Martins Summer Theatre in St. Martins, New Brunswick, Canada and the Palestinian-American Children’s Theatre (PACT) in Ramallah, Palestine. Lindberg also founded the Kearsarge Arts Theatre (KAT), a summer arts program that ran for 30 years in the Lake Sunapee Region of New Hampshire, and is currently the producing/artistic director of the Educational Theatre Collaborative (ETC). An Affiliate Faculty member at Emerson College in Boston, Lindberg also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Puppetry and Theatre for Young Audiences and supervises MFA students in Theatre Education. With the help of TIGER’s wonderful Tour Manager, Pam Irish, Lindberg hopes to produce many more inciteful, powerful, and meaningful TIGER performances for countless children in the years to come.

Darren Biggart

Choreographer

Darren Biggart is a New York based performer, teacher, and producer. He earned his BFA in Musical Theatre at the University of Michigan, and has performed on tour (ELF), Off-Broadway (Madison Square Garden, NY City Center, Prospect Theatre Co, NYMF, Lincoln Center) and at regional theaters throughout the country (Kennedy Center, MUNY, PCLO, Northern Stage).  Most recently, he appeared in The Off-Center Jamboree! at City Center, starring Sutton Foster and Jonathan Groff.

For the last 8 years, Darren has served as a creative director for the non-profit A Broader Way, www.abroaderway.org. He was also the Creative Director of Idina Menzel’s World Tour after the release of her self-titled album in 2016.

Additionally, from 2013-2016, Darren was a founding associate producer for the Encores! Off-Center series at New York City Center in Manhattan. He currently works in Production and Innovation at Siena Music, developing and producing new projects in and around NYC.

As a director/ choreographer and teacher, Darren has worked at Pace University, Plymouth State University, Broadway Dance Center, Steps, MTCA, and The Studio New Canaan.

Gustavo Wons

Choreographer

Gustavo Wons is a Broadway dancer and a renowned choreographer originally from Argentina, based in New York. His work has been seen in Madrid, Spain: 60 años no es Nada and No te Prometo Amor Eterno, in Paris with the show Hermanas at the Du Petit Montparnasse Theater. In Buenos Aires he was responsible for the choreography of Sweet Charity (ACE Award Nomination for best Choreography). EVA, el Gran Musical Argentino ( the Argentinian version of EVITA ), and Caravan, the Jazz Musical, for which he won the Ace Award for Best Choreography. He Worked for the international Company Innovacirco. He was the resident director in the musical Chicago and he is the choreographer of Argentina’s leading TV show Susana Gimenez. Gustavo wrote, directed and choreographed the show El Gran Final, a Tribute to Bob Fosse, that won 3 Hugo Awards, including Best Choreography and Best Direction. His work in Sugar, earned him the ACE Award for best Choreography, and the Estrella de mar Award. He also Choreographed Cabaret, A Chorus Line and Kinky Boots in Buenos Aires.

He’s work in the USA has been seen at Interlakes Theater, New Hampshire where he choreographed Evita, Gypsy La Cage Aux Folles Saturday Night Fever and recently A Chorus Line, and I Do I do. He also choreographed Legally Blond and The Bodyguard at Downtown Cabaret Theater in Bridgeport (CT). Fulbright scholarship winner, National Endowment for the Arts. In New York Gustavo worked as a dancer on Broadway’s Fiddler on the Roof, Chicago and regionally in Cats, The King and I, Man of La Mancha, Damn Yankees, West Side Story and The Radio City Christmas Show. In Argentina he performed as a dancer in the musicals Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Cats, Molly Brown, 42nd Street and Me and My Girl, among others.

Pamela Irish

TIGER Tour Manager

Pam is happy to say this is her 14th season as Tour Manager for TIGER. She is thrilled to begin TIGER’s 19th season with TIGER back on the road and cannot wait to book a visit to your schools. She wishes you all a very happy and healthy school year!

TIGER Cast 2021-22

Cassandra Cutting - T

Cassie Cutting is a recent graduate of Plymouth State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts with an option in Music Theatre Performance, and a minor in Standardized Patient Training. Recent roles include A Killer Party (Vivika,) The Addams Family (Alice,) Sweet Charity (U/S Charity, Betsy,) Hairspray (Louann,) and Sister Act (Mother Superior.) She also served as the music director for PSU’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee during her junior year, and as assistant music director for a production of Mary Poppins Jr. which featured middle and high school students performing together.

Matthew Murray - I

Matthew Murray Hails from Maryland and is excited for this years Tiger Season. Matthew is currently getting a associates degree in Theater and plans on going the distance into the field. Mr. Murray enjoys trying new things and expanding his joy of life. Some of Mr.Murray’s hobbies include Improv, Dancing, Biking, Basketball, and Cooking. Matthew Murray is ready to bring the It factor to Tiger this year!

Olivia Etchings - G

Olivia Etchings is a graduate of Manhattanville College with a BA in Music. She is a resident of Woodstock, New Hampshire, and is very excited to be in the TIGER program! Olivia has been dancing, singing, and acting for most of her life. In addition to TIGER, she sings with the Pemigewasset Choral Society, and has been a soloist for the Kearsarge Chorale. She would like to thank all of her family, and friends, for all of their love.

Nam Nguyen - E

Nam Nguyen is a Vietnamese Visual Artist and an art teacher with a background in architectural design. He is a Fulbright Scholar and currently studying as a graduate student in Integrated Arts (MEd) at Plymouth State University. He has founded two projects based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Dieu Nguoc Gio (Kite Against the Wind) and Ve Voi (Draw Elephant). The former is dedicated to making education accessible to underprivileged children. The latter facilitates learning for children and adults through creative art forms. Prior to that, between 2015 and 2018, Nam was a coordinator of the Public Engagement Program at Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Vietnam.

Kelly McGowan - R

Kelly McGowan is a theatre artist and educator from Norwood, Massachusetts. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts from Salem State University, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Applied Theatre and Theatre Education at Emerson College. Kelly is also a passionate puppeteer, and has performed at Puppet Showplace Theater in Brookline as well as the 2021 Integrated Arts Conference at Plymouth State University.