Tom Roberts is originally from the Ipswich/Aberdeen area of South
Dakota, but he and his wife, Tammy, have been long-time residents of
Sioux Falls. His affiliation with the Children’s Home Society (CHS)
began several years ago as a volunteer Santa Claus for the kid’s
Christmas Party. Then in 2002, he and his wife produced one of his
stories, ‘Twas The Night Before Christ, into a book as a fundraiser for
Children’s Home. The project was a great success and eventually led to
his wife becoming a member of their staff. In the Spring of 2009, Tom
too was invited to join the team at CHS as their Event Coordinator and
during his first year there published his second book, Santa’s Prayer.
In 2011, this third book, THE LITTLE LOST SOCK was produced. All
proceeds from both of these books again went to benefit the Children's
Home Society. In 2013, Tom will be launching a fourth book
entitled, RETURN TO THE FARM - A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY.
Before Tom joined CHS he had performed and taught theatre professionally
throughout South Dakota, the Midwest and over-seas for over 28 years. He
also has extensive experience as a commercial talent and copy writer for
a variety of media venues.
In 1999, Tom was recognized for his talents and contributions to arts
education by the Sioux Falls Mayor’s Office and Sioux Empire Arts
Council when he was chosen to be the recipient of their first annual
Outstanding Artist Award. During that same year his life and work as an
actor was featured in a book published by the Lessons In Leadership
foundation entitled, “Turning Dreams Into Success” by Bunny and Larry
Over the years Tom has written several scripts, stories, poetry and
parody song lyrics for the stage and commercial ventures. In 2008/2009
and again in 2011 Tom created a series of writings based on his
interviews and observations with cancer patients and their families
during an artist-in-residence project at Sanford Health entitled, “The
Journey of Healing Through The Arts”.