John McDonnell Tierney

Artist / Creative (Individual)



  Director, The Peaceful Educator Foundation (a 501c3 Cultural Non-Profit)

“My idea is simple:  In this time of national dissonance and global crises that we artists focus our work on healing a shattered world, and that we use our art to touch the emotions that motivate people to act with kindness, compassion, and tolerance.”

Description of Work and Background

MY WORK, as Founder and Director of The Peaceful Educator Foundation, simply put, is to advance the mission of the Foundation every day. That mission, clearly stated in all we do, is “To nurture, through the theater arts, a peaceful, just, sustainable future for all humanity’s children.”

John holds a Master of Music Degree (UMASS, 1969) in performance (Trombone) and carried on a full career as a professional thru 2012 with symphony, studio, and swing credentials. Jack studied composition with Philip Bezanson, Orchestration with Joseph Contino, and Harmony with Robert Steele.  More recently (2016-2022) John has writen music, lyrics and books for four full-length musicals known as The Humanity’s Child Musicals:  “Humanity’s Child: The Dream,” Hartford, CT 2016; “Humanity’s Child: A Musical for Today,”  2019 ran for four weeks at the Players Theater Off-Broadway(2109);  “Humanity’s Child: More Than a Musical,” played as an “Audio-Musical” on the Atlanta Audio Fringe Festival, May 2020 through May 2021; and the fourth musical in the series, titled; “Extraordinary Hero,” premiered February 2022 as a "Virtual Theater" (0nlline) is currently available for live productions.



Primary Discipline

Theater - Musical

Additional Disciplines



Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Writing Services
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Curriculum Development
Residency - In School
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Audio or Video Recording
Residency - Production / Development
Professional Development / Training
Performance / Concert / Reading
Professional Network Gatherings / Events
Residency - Community


  • Best Musical Nominee; NY Theater Fest. 2019
  • Best Direction Winner; NY Theater Fest. 2019
  • Best Choreography Winner; NY Theater Fest. 2019
  • Production in Residence Grant Winner- Players Theatre - 2019


  • B.A. in Music Ed., 1967
  • Masters in Music Performance, UMASS, 1969
  • Teaching Fellow in Educational Psychology, UCONN, 1996
  • PhD in Educational Psychology, UCONN, 1997

Professional Associations

  • New England Foundation for the Arts
  • New England Presenters

Additional Information

  • Year founded: 2012
  • Is a Teaching Artist
  • Is a Touring Artist
  • Approx. 4 events per year
  • Geographic Reach: Surrounding States/Region, Nationally, Internationally
  • Seasons active: Year round