Thank you Deb and Howard for 30 wonderful years!

Deb and Howard Thompson with Kathleen O'Brien

Deb and Howard Thompson with TPAC CEO and President, Kathleen O'brien

Deb and Howard Thompson gave their final bow at Waitress earlier this June after thirty years of volunteering at TPAC. Deb and Howard started volunteering in 1988 when the wife of Howard’s boss recommended it as a way to make friends in Nashville, and the rest is history! Why did they stick around for thirty years?

“We love the theatre and we also enjoy serving the public. Plus it was a great perk to see the shows! The arts are important for exposure of talent to the public and especially young people.”


Deb and Howard both do indeed love theater and know the importance of the arts. Deb loves the HOT (Humanities Outreach in Tennessee) education program we offer and has shared it with “folks” in other cities. Not until Deb and Howard moved to Nashville did they get involved with theater to this extent, and they have too many memories to count.

“Our favorite memories have been all the fun people we have worked with and the cooperation we received from everyone. Our favorite shows are too numerous to name and we could probably count on one hand the ones we didn’t care for!”


While we are sad to see Deb and Howard leave Nashville, we know they will have a great time in their new state, Pennsylvania. Thank you both for thirty wonderful years and all you have done for the arts community in Nashville.

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group of volunteers in the back of Jackson Hall

Deb and Howard Thompson with TPAC staff members and fellow volunteers



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