TIGER is a professional theater company at Plymouth State University, presenting productions to help children, schools, parents and communities deal proactively and positively with social issues and concerns facing children in schools today. Based on the anonymous writings of New Hampshire school children, TIGER incorporates live actors, puppets, theater, movement and music into its productions to try and reach school audiences with important messages children need to hear. Supported by the PSU College of Graduate Studies, TIGER is a collaborative effort between the M.Ed. programs in Integrated Arts and Counselor Education.
TIGER tours throughout New England each Wednesday–Friday from October through May. Rehearsals usually begin in early September. Since its debut in 2002, the company has toured to more than 400 different schools, some repeatedly, performing for more than 350,000 children across New England.
Current productions are: Bully Free You and Me for grades K-4, K-8 and 5-8.This program tackles the difficult issue of bullying in our schools through empowering the bystander. Let Your Star Shine! for grades K-6 encourages children to accept others, regardless of their differences. Just Between Friends, grades K-6 deals with conflict resolution and enhancing positive relationships between young people in schools. TIGER Teen Theatre, grades 5-8, features a group of talented high school actors addressing social issues relevant to middle schools today. Green TIGER helps children understand how important it is not to bully the environment.
Co-founder and Artistic Director, Trish Lindberg is professor of education and integrated arts and coordinator of the M.Ed. in integrated arts program at PSU. TIGER productions are created from children's writings by Lindberg, the TIGER actors and several composers who work with the educational theatre company.
TIGER has also won an Emmy for their television pilot, TIGER Takes On Bullying, performed at the state level for the New Hampshire Department of Education, regionally for the New England Theatre Conference (NETC), nationally for the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE), and Internationally for the National Drama International Conference at Durham University in Durham, England, the ASSITEJ International Festival of Children's Theatre in Cairo, Egypt and most recently at the IDEA World Congress 2013 in Paris, France.