Toby Orenstein
Perhaps my greatest achievement has been my 50 plus year marriage to Hal and raising my two children. Jeffrey is a lawyer residing in Olney with his wife and two sons and my daughter Mindy lives in Howard County with her husband, son and daughter. She is a guidance counselor with the Howard County School System and member of the crisis intervention team.

I am filled with pride as I watch my children inspire my grandchildren through thought, action, creativity, change, and most of all their love and compassion for others.
The Beginning
Work History
1976- The Young Columbians perform at a State Dinner for President Jimmy Carter
           The Young Columbians acquire national attention in U.S. News and World Report
           The Young Columbians produce a television special at the Lincoln Memorial,
           The Young Columbians' video is placed in the "official national time capsule.
1985- Columbian of the Year (Columbia Magazine)
1990- Howie Award recipient for outstanding contributions to the Arts in Howard County
1996- Voted Best of Baltimore, Baltimore Magazine -- Dinner Theatre (1997, 1998, 1999)
           Howard County Business Volunteer of the Year
1998- Selected as one of the Outstanding Women by the State Board of Education for creativity and enriching the lives of people in Maryland
           Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Director of a Musical competing with 64 theatres in the DC Metro area including the Kennedy Center, Arena Stage and Ford's Theatre (more than 25 nominations since)
            Aids Alliance Community Recognition Award for 10 years Service, Support, Guidance
1999- One of 16 women featured in the book: Lives in Art: Sixteen Women Who Changed 2001- Theatre in Baltimore
           Selected Honorary Chair for Howard County Arts Gala
2002- Inducted into the Howard County Women’s Hall of Fame
           Inducted into Maryland's Top 100 Women
2003- Received Helen Hayes award for Best Director, Jekyll & Hyde
2007- Marylander of the Year Distinction
2008- Maryland Women's Hall of Fame
2012- Sue Hess Maryland Arts Advocate of the Year
           Excellence in the Arts by the Howard County Commission on Aging
1972- Founder, Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts (to present)
1974- Visiting Professor, Catholic University (6 years)
1975- Producer & Director, U.S.O. Shows (3 years)
           Director, Wye Mills Summer Stock (3 years)
1976- Producer/Director, America Show for 1776 Hotel in Williamsburg, VA.
           Producer/Director show for Wolf Trap Summer Children's Program (to present)
           Founder/Artistic Director, Toby's Dinner Theatre (to present)
1979- Director, It's A Wonderful Life national tour (developed at Toby's Dinner Theatre)
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Theatrical Arts
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