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Hello, my name is Darr and I started a nonprofit called Lilly Theatre Company, formally Lilly Enrichment.

I’m a military veteran. During my time in the military I experienced a very serious trauma. I was broken to pieces. I literally gave up on life. It took so long to find my way. To get to a place where I feel safe again around people and to love myself, it all took time.

I found I was more compelled to do better when I was connected to the arts. I struggled to want to live, but once I was around other artists and creatives I became inspired. I found new meaning in life and it gave me a sense of hope.

I took my inspiration and hope and started to design my own workshops and wrote plays. I noticed when I tried to get involved with other theatre organizations the opportunities were not as available to me, and my access to theatre companies felt very limited. It appeared as if I couldn’t get involved in productions, but more like I needed to really either know people or be an incredible actor. I simply wanted to perform and thrive.

 

Eventually it came to me to start my own company. Thanks to the help of a veterans organization I was able to start this nonprofit in 2021.

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