Carol Young says she can summarize her life story in two words: Project Discovery.
It was when she was a student at Cranston High School West that Carol was introduced to this program at Trinity Repertory which gives students the opportunity to experience live professional theater. “When I went to Trinity, as part of Project Discovery, I couldn’t believe how wonderful it was. It’s such an incredible program,” Carol states.
After graduating from Cranston West, where she had worked in props and backstage for the theatre department, Carol continued her education at Boston University and the University of Rhode Island, earning a degree in psychology.
She began her professional career at Aetna Life & Casualty, starting in the claim department and working her way up to regional manager during her 25 year tenure. She then worked briefly at Met Life & Casualty before accepting an operations manager position with PharmaCare, a subsidiary of CVS which today is CVS Health. She again rose through the ranks to director before taking early retirement in 2013.
Sparked by Project Discovery, Carol has had a lifelong passion for theatre. When she and her late husband, Paul Aguiar, traveled, they experienced local theatre throughout the world. They also were season ticket holders at several colleges and frequented theatres in both Providence and Boston. “We’d go constantly, and I’ve continued that since my husband died,” Carol says, noting that she also has ushered “so I would get to see as much theatre as I possibly could.”
A longtime patron of the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, Carol shares, “My favorite thing was bringing a good friend to experience Macbeth for the first time. The excitement of that play…it was like being back in Project Discovery. I want to help keep theatre alive. I can’t imagine life without it. Arts and music are such a great way for kids to find themselves and be accepted.”
Carol learned about the Foundation through her professional advisors, and relates, “It just sounded like it was perfect for me. I like the fact that I can direct my gifts.”