209th Anniversary Season · America's Oldest · Founded 1809
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Thomas P. Quinn

Thomas P. Quinn

Director of Education

Tom is the author of a dozen of of our Educational Outreach plays including the The Boy Who Cried Bully and The Bully Buster Rides Again that deal with bullying in elementary schools and Mean Girlz R Bullies 2 and Only 13 that look at the issue of bullying at the middle school level. A former high school history teacher, Tom is also the author of a trilogy of plays on Civil Rights as well as a play that look at the effects of gun violence in Gabby's Song. The Walnut's Educational Outreach program has grown in size based on our nutrition education program and Tom's play The Return of Nick Nutrition and His Dog Fiber. A former Gilder Lehrman American History Scholar Tom has written lesson plans for the institute's web site as well as being named a teaching fellow with Congresslink.org where he created on-line lessons on the US Congress and presidential elections. The Walnut's Outreach Company is part of the education programs that Tom oversees including the award-winning Adopt-a-School Program, the Theatre School, Camp Walnut, various School and Community Partnerships, the Walnut Street Theatre for Kids Series, Student Matinees, a Professional Apprentice Program and Accessibility programs. He was the first teacher for our award winning program working with students with cerebral palsy. Tom received the Dorothy Haas Acting Fellowship at the Walnut in 1991 and performed as an actor in Philadelphia and Los Angeles before beginning a career as an educator at every level from elementary to graduate school. A graduate of Bucknell with a degree in Theatre Tom holds a Masters in Education from West Chester University and a Masters in Educational Administration from Gwynedd-Mercy College. He has served as a grant reviewer for US Department of Education and the New Jersey Council on the Arts. Tom resides in Delaware County with his wife, Susan Nicodemus Quinn, and their two children.