Charlie's Seats Welcome a New Audience to The Tobin Center
Thanks to Susan Naylor’s generosity, attending performances is now more accessible to youth in our community through Charlie’s Seats, The Tobin Center’s inaugural ticket scholarship program. Ms. Naylor is honoring the legacy of her son, Charles “Charlie” Naylor Moulton, by naming this scholarship opportunity after him. Complimentary tickets to performances are available to Title One schools, community groups, and individual community members who will have the opportunity to request Charlie’s Seats by application through The Tobin Center’s website.
“Charlie loved music and going to the theater, and those experiences were such an important part of who he was.” said Susan Naylor who has made a gift to establish and launch the program in 2019. “This program ensures that students who may not get to attend performances have the chance, thanks to Charlie’s Seats.” “During our first 4 years of operation, we funded ticket scholarships from operational dollars,” says Michael Fresher, Tobin Center’s President and CEO. “Susan’s gift provides a relief to our non-profit budget and will allow us to fulfill many more requests that we have been unable to accommodate previously.”
The gift corresponds with The Tobin Center’s 5th Anniversary season, which launched in September 2019. However, Charlie’s Seats have already been filled hundreds of times, including 10 students from Boysville for Shen Yun, 50 SAISD student dancers who attended Paula Abdul, 20 woodwind ensemble students from UTSA who attended BillyRay Sheppard, 22 NEISD dance students who attended Cirque Eloize: Saloon, 23 photography students from Say Sí who came to see Annie Leibovitz, and 140 students from CAST Tech High School who attended National Geographic LIVE! Exploring Mars.
Not only will students have the chance to see performances through Charlie’s Seats, but the Tobin Center’s Education Program, Generation NEXT will work to enhance those experiences for participants. “It’s our goal to bring students and artists together, face to face. Those interactions can be life-changing and extremely powerful,” says Tobin Center’s Director of Education, Dr. Kimberly Stephenson. “Charlie’s Seats are really a two-way street. I am constantly inviting community groups to participate with our audiences at performances, that are relevant to their experiences. We now have a channel for fulfilling those requests that come to us. We also believe Charlie’s Seats recipients will make both the event and San Antonio better with their attendance.”
“We couldn’t be more thrilled about this program addition at The Tobin Center. Charlie may not be able to be with us, but because of Charlie, hundreds of San Antonians annually will be here in his place,” added Fresher.
Susan Naylor sits on the Board of Directors for the Tobin Center and is a community philanthropist. Naylor is President of The Will Smith Foundation, which honors the legacy and generosity of her son, Will Naylor Smith, and supports projects in San Antonio, Hawaii, and Africa.
A non-profit performing arts facility, The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts’ mission is to provide a world class venue that promotes a diverse range of cultural, educational, and artistic experiences that improve the quality of life in San Antonio. Since opening its doors in September 2014, The Tobin Center has seen over 1,400,000 visitors attending performances, community events, educational programs and private functions. Generation NEXT Education Initiative serves more than 93,000 students and community members annually.
For more information contact Dr. Kimberly Stephenson at (210) 223-3333 ext. 7035 or email [email protected]