As we are approaching the kick-off of our 2016 season, and welcoming new volunteers, I thought it would be fun to hear from one of our veteran volunteers- Tylee Nistad! Tylee has been involved at the Arts Center for over ten years and has graciously offered her time at many different shows and events over the last decade.

Read what Tylee has to say about her time at the Arts Center, and why she encourages everyone to get involved, no matter their age or skill set!

Brittany: Hello, Ty! Tell us a little about yourself! Do you have a background in theatre?

Tylee: I am adopted from China, but Cannon County has been my home since I can remember. I grew up kind of isolated on a farm, so I had a lot of imaginary friends and just generally talked to myself a lot. I would put on elaborate performances for the cows and thus my acting career was born. When I got old enough, my parents enrolled me in the Arts Center’s summer conservatory program and that’s where I got my dose of human interaction and my roots in theatre. :)

Brittany: How long have you been volunteering at the Arts Center?

Tylee: I’ve been involved at the Arts Center in some way my entire life. I went to Conservatory when I was little and then grew up to be in some different plays once in a while. It wasn’t until my freshman year in high school that I found my calling as a consistent volunteer at the Arts Center.

Brittany: In what ways are you involved?

Tylee: I usually run the lights for plays. I found that being on stage was not my forte and got the chance to run lights for a play my mom was in and I ran with it from there. I have also been a part of the set crew, putting up and taking down sets for plays. I’ve even stood in for people during rehearsals, which is not always an easy thing to do. The Arts Center is more than just plays though. I’ve also helped work our Reverse Raffle and the White Oak Craft Fair. My favorite volunteer opportunity is Junior Conservatory. It is two weeks with kids aged six to eleven teaching acting, music, and dance. At the end we put on a play and it’s the best thing to watch the kids grow and perform.

Brittany: What’s your favorite part about volunteering?

Tylee: The sense of community that comes from volunteering and being a part of the Arts Center is the best. Watching kids come back to the Arts Center because they loved Conservatory so much and want to be in plays is really rewarding.

Brittany: What would you say to someone who is interested in getting involved?

Tylee: It doesn’t matter if you can’t act or sing or hammer a nail. There is always something to do at the Arts Center and as long as you’re willing to try you will be welcome. I am the worst artist in the history of mankind and they had me painting very important parts of a set one time, like it was a focal point all would see. But I did my best and everyone learned not to let Tylee have a paintbrush anymore. LOL

Brittany: How has volunteering at The Arts Center affected you in a positive way?

Tylee: If I hadn’t volunteered at the Arts Center I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I’ve made so many friends and had so many good times at the Arts Center and I wouldn’t give it up for anything. It’s a really positive place to be and work.

Brittany: Finally, just for fun… do you have any volunteer stories you would like to share?

Tylee: There are so many weird theatre stories it's hard to pick just one. I guess one of my favorite things to tell people is when I was in Fiddler on the Roof there was a group of us kids that got really close and we had our own Fiddler Reunions two years in a row it seems like. We all had a blast and we didn’t want that to end. I’m still friends with that group six years later.



03/09/2016 8:39pm

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06/24/2016 4:26am

Judging from the way Tyler talks about volunteering in The Arts Center, I can see that she really loves what she do. I'm also planning to do volunteer works. I will start on something that is very close in my hearts, dogs. I will volunteer to animal shelters one of these days. She is right when she said that the sense of community from volunteering is the best part of it. It is always heart warming to see people voluntarily lend their helping arm to the community.


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