Board of Directors - Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater

Tim Noah ~ President, Founder, Artistic Director

Tim Noah is an Emmy award winning composer, producer, artist and performer. He has presented countless live productions from Lincoln Center to Ladakh, India. He is also the recipient of numerous awards for his work in television. He has been seen on HBO, The Disney Channel, Canadian Television and the BBC.  His song•story•picture book, "Country Store”, is the winner of the 2016 Kirkus Best Book of the Year Award. Tim and partner, Cyndi “Soup” Elliott have recently launched their latest community project: The Pond Beyond, a 17 acre Environmental Arts and Education Center in the heart of the Cascade foothills.  Meanwhile, Tim continues to write, record, perform and to develop Kaddywompas Tales, a series of song•story•picture books for families and children. 

"From the time I was a 4 year old shaking it up on the patio for family and friends, Music and the Creative Arts have been my passion. This passion has enriched my life beyond measure. Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater has afforded me the golden opportunity to pay it forward. It’s a great privilege to work with our board of directors, fellow artists and dedicated community members. How wonderful to witness the amazing impact the arts can have on a community. By living artfully, we build a kinder society and a more sustainable world."

Cyndi Soup Elliott ~ Founder, Vice President, Artistic Director

I have taught elementary school in both private and public schools since graduating from Michigan State University. Most recently I have enjoyed many years as Music Specialist at Emerson Elementary School. Partnering with co-teachers and since 2003 with Tim Noah, I have co-written and directed many student productions as well as teaching theater classes. Since 2004 "Cyndi Soup" has been my stage persona and, as such, I have performed publicly for families both locally, nationally, and internationally.

In 2003, Tim Noah and I envisioned an artistic environment where we could connect with neighbors, friends, and community. Since then we have seen this little idea of "community performing arts center" grow in leaps and bounds. Connection and opportunity are what this little theater is all about. When you walk in the 4th Street doors for a performance, the lobby and volunteer staff welcome you, the halls welcome you, the auditorium delights you, and we work very hard to make sure the performance delights you. You will find our auditorium is so intimate, it feels like you can reach out and touch the performers.

On any Thursday you can schedule a voice, guitar, ukulele, or piano lesson. Friday afternoons your children can attend our musical performance classes. Wednesday evenings we host Crackpot Comedy Cavalcade workshops. Every Friday night, many put those lessons to work at our weekly Open Mic. If you don't want to perform, then come and enjoy an evening of humor and local talent. The rest of the weekend is reserved for performances by local and national talent. Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater is here for you to enjoy. We are always happy to get feedback from our patrons; we welcome your ideas and your volunteer help. It takes a village to raise a community performing arts center. ​

Lindsay Douglas ~ Founder, Treasurer

I am a founding member of Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater. I volunteer in a number of ways for the theater, acted as a principal puppeteer for The Thumbs Up Puppeteers' Imagine Inn performances and created some of the puppets (Gus Puppy being my favorite) and props for those shows.

Previously I was a preschool teacher for many years and was actively involved on a PTA Board and the local board of the League of Women Voters. I have always been a strong supporter of the arts in education. I've even started piano lessons in the last few years. Perhaps you'll hear me play some Friday in the future. Only when I'm ready as there is no pressure here at The Thumb.

Lisa Utter ~ Board Member

I became a supporter of the theater after sending my intrepid husband Eric off with a group of our children's friends to the theater's first holiday show. They came back raving about being called on stage to put on blue Elvis wigs, Eric in a tutu, and great music. Our family was soon attending open mics, and our daughter started taking classes with Tim. I love the atmosphere at the theater.  It is a safe place to experiment and grow artistically. I have a legal and public policy background and currently work with a health advocacy non-profit.

Greg Deer ~ Facility Support, Fundraising

My involvement in the Thumbnail Theater goes back to 2009 when I began bringing my grandchildren to performances of The Imagine Inn with "Cyndi Soup". At the same time, I became aware of the Friday night Open Mics and began participating in performances myself.  Now I  am a sound tech, a concert producer,  part of a house band  and a few other things since becoming a true "Thumb Alum"; and  my grandkids are not just audience members, they are performers.   I am  gratified to be part of the "Thumb family"  and I love  contributing my experience in the arts and business toward sustaining this valuable community asset and resource.   

Sharon Cordisco ~ Theater Manager, Volunteer Coordinator

I was introduced to Thumbnail Theater by an invitation to check out their Friday Night Open Mic. Pretty soon, I was pitching in to help this amazing nonprofit grow and thrive.  I love music and the arts and believe in the mission and vision of Thumbnail Theater. It takes a lot of work, energy, and enthusiasm, and working with generous, incredible people. Volunteers are amazing! It's a privilege to meet the amazing artists, patrons, and supporters who contribute so much time and talents in support of the arts. I love the variety of offerings, too, for live music, comedy, summer plays, classes and workshops, and our fantastic fundraising concerts featuring local talent.  One of my favorite experiences is observing guests and how much they enjoy the performances, and seeing the positive impact music and the arts have on people in general.

Gail Brenchley ~ Secretary, Graphic Design

Originally drawn to TNTT while looking for quality musical instruction for her five home-schooled children, Gail was impressed by the uniquely creative and nurturing atmosphere created by founders Tim Noah and Cyndi Elliott at the Thumb. Connecting first as a parent and certified educator, Gail eventually found ways to support the theater with her graphic design and writing background. The Thumb became a family affair, with all five children taking lessons and performing at TNTT in a variety of shows, with husband, Jack, stepping up for occasional technology assistance. The Brenchleys have truly appreciated the Thumb-alum family and being able to support such a wonderful local center for music and theater.

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