PRAISE FOR CAROL AND ROBERT
"[My Father's War] has an integrity in which we can honor our veterans and find the healing from war that is too little offered in our culture."
- Todd Donatelli, The Cathedral of All Souls, Asheville, NC
"Reflecting on [My Father's War], our Vets shared their gratitude: "It showed me that others face the same challenges I face," and "I never realized how it (my PTSD) affects the family ... wow." ... What you shared with our Veterans was truly "healing medicine" of the highest beneficial caliber."
- Beverly Bradigan, Charles George VA Medical Center
"Carol Ponder is a dynamic performer who WOWed audiences at The Kennedy Center. Her skill extends to the classroom and her work with teachers and students. She is a gifted arts educator."
- Barbara Shepherd, The Kennedy Center
"The moment was raw, powerful: A young soldier on the verge of deployment sat nearby while a seasoned veteran, one of the last to fly over Hiroshima after the 1945 dropping of the atomic bomb, pounded his walker on the floor, bemoaning why we’d never learned. It would have been striking on stage. But it didn’t happen as part of a performance; it took place during an audience discussion after one ... a moving true-to-life tale of a fighter pilot, captured in a memoir originally written for his daughters."
- Fiona Soltes, The Nashville Tennessean
"Bravo to Carol Ponder and Robert Kiefer for offering a healing play that engages the heart and mind, helping to break down these defenses, and giving expression to this pain with humor, beauty, and deep humanity."
- Pamela Mumby, Charles George VA Medical Center
"Carol Ponder is that rare artist with a musical talent as great as her educator's gift ... In my view, this artist is a national treasure.
- Eric Booth, International Arts in Education Consultant, Senior Advisor for El Sistema USA
"Carol embodies inspiration and creativity, the very characteristics we strive to bring to every classroom."
- Susan Burke, Florida Alliance for Arts Education