27 Mar Lee Fierro
Lee discovered theater in third grade and has never let it go. She acted her way through elementary, junior high and high school, and then in 1946, started her serious study of acting in New York City with former Moscow Art Theater actor, Andre Jilinsky. While in New York, she worked in little theater, summer stock and early live TV: The Colgate Comedy Hour for NBC and Man Against Crime with Ralph Bellamy for CBS.
In 1950, Lee and her then-husband moved to Philadelphia and studied and acted with Jasper Deeter at The Hedgerow Theater in Moylan, PA (at that time America’s only repertory theater). While also raising her four young children, Lee taught drama in several places in the Philadelphia area to children and young adults. Before moving to the Vineyard in the late 1960s, she taught dance and drama at The School in Rose Valley, also in Moylan. Lee also founded the first integrated teenage drama group in that area, called the Youth Repertoire Guild.
In her early years on the Vineyard, Lee was busy building a house with her second husband and raising five children. Then, in 1974, along came the motion picture Jaws in which Lee was cast as Mrs. Kintner. Soon after that she met Mary Payne and thus her work in ITW began and the rest, as they say, is History! Lee’s early years with ITW were as bookkeeper and office manager. She quickly teamed with Mary to continue the development of not only Children’s Theatre, but the overall transformation of ITW from a primarily Children’s program to an all-encompassing teaching program for theater and music.