Tillie has been involved in community theatre for almost 40 years. She has played Grandma Kurnitz in Lost in Yonkers, The Judge in Sly Fox, Auntie Eileen in “Cripple of Inishmaan”, Milly Mullin in “To Forgive Devine” Ouiser Boudreaux in “Steel Magnolia’s”. She has appeared on the Boston Playwright’s Platform Stage performing plays written by local playwright, Lida McGir. The latest play, “The Test” was performed opposite a long time friend with whom Tillie graduated from High School. They were part of the entertainment at their 50th Waltham High School reunion.
Tillie and her late husband, Jack, also appeared in the Murder Mystery fundraisers for Orchard House, the Concord Free Public Library, The Old Manse, CCHS, and the Concord Antiquarian. Of her favorite roles, only three were opposite her husband Jack: Muriel in I'm Herbert from You Know I Can't Hear You When The Water's Running, Sergeant Tech in Next and Edna in Delicate Balance.
Tillie has also appeared as Marmee at the Orchard House during Alcott Family Christmas celebrations.
In addition to the Playwright’s stage, Tillie has trod the boards of Arlington friends of the Drama, Vokes, ACME, Winchester Players, Belmont Players, and Lexington Players
She's a past president of the Players (1988-89), overall makeup chairperson for many years, and served a term as FOPAC representative. She has served on the Play/Director selection committees and has been casting chair of many productions at the players.
Other favorites: Vera Charles in Auntie Mame, Stephanie Dickinson in Cactus Flower, Peggy Macroon in Tight Little Island, Gay Wellington in You Can't Take it With You, Ethel Tofflemire, 1966 and The Widow Paroo 1976 in The Music Man, Mrs. Rose in Hello Dolly, Aunt Nonie in Sweet Bird of Youth, and Fran Pearson in The Wall: A Pilgrimage.
Tillie was awarded Best Actress for her role as Fran Pearson at the EMACT one act play competition at Brandeis May 1999 Behind the scenes, Tillie has been doing stage make-up for about 30 years. Some workshops run by Tillie nurtured several of Concord's most creative and willing make-up people.
Tillie is the Director
of the Senior Dramatic Society of the Concord Council on Aging.