Tim Cummings

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Tim Cummings (born 1973) is an American actor and writer.[1]

Family[edit]

Timothy P Cummings was born in Port Jefferson, New York to James A. and Rosemarie Cummings. He has four siblings and one half-sibling. His father was a Lieutenant with the NYFD (Engine 82, Ladder 31) in the South Bronx for thirty years.[2]

Education[edit]

Cummings graduated from Comsewogue High School, where he appeared in Brighton Beach Memoirs, Twelve Angry Men, Babes in Arms, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown and Bye Bye Birdie. He was also the president of the school's drama society, and received a scholarship to attend New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He later received a BFA w/ Honors from New York University. While at NYU, he studied at The Stella Adler Conservatory and The Experimental Theater Wing.[3] He performed in productions of The White Album Project, Fornes's The Conduct of Life, Brecht's Threepenny Opera, Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, Shaw's Man & Superman, Durang's Naomi In The Living Room and Maeterlink's The Intruder

Career[edit]

After graduating, Cummings began performing as a company member in two of New York City's downtown theater & dance companies, Big Dance Theater and The Builders Association, with whom he toured extensively, performing in festivals across US, the UK, and Europe.[4]

He later joined The Flea Theater as a company member,[3] where he performed in Mac Wellman's Sincerity Forever, Cleveland, and Three Americanisms, as well as the melodrama Billy the Kid written by Walter Woods in 1903.[5]

He directed an original black comedy by playwright Kenny Finkle, Transatlantica. He understudied for the Off-Broadway play The Guys, as well as for the acclaimed Broadway revival of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, which starred Edie Falco and Stanley Tucci and was directed by Tony-winning director Joe Mantello.[6]

Cummings subsequently relocated to Los Angeles to take on television and film work in addition to theatrical roles,[5] where he received favorable reviews and numerous awards for his performance as Ned Weeks in Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart as well as his portrayal of Patsy in The New Electric Ballroom by Tony Award-winning Irish playwright Enda Walsh. He serves as Associate Director of the Youth Program at The Ojai Playwrights Conference and is the Literary Manager for Rogue Machine Theatre.

Awards & Nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2000 Obie Award Jet Lag w/ The Builders Association (Marianne Weems) Won (Special Citation)
Obie Award for Big Dance Theater (Annie-B Parson) Won (Special Citation)
2005 LA Weekly Theater Awards Best Supporting Actor for Burn This Nominated
2007 Garland Awards Best Supporting Actor for The Pursuit of Happiness at Laguna Playhouse Nominated
2011 Ovation Awards Best Season (including Roddy Doyle’s War & Enda Walsh’s The Walworth Farce) at Theatre Banshee Nominated
2012 LA Weekly Theater Awards Best Comedy Ensemble for The Walworth Farce Nominated
LA Weekly Theater Awards Best Revival for Camino Real Nominated
2013 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Best Ensemble for Enda Walsh’s The New Electric Ballroom Won
LA Weekly Theater Awards Best Supporting Actor for The New Electric Ballroom Won
LA Weekly Theater Awards Best Revival for The New Electric Ballroom Nominated
StageSceneLA Awards Best Ensemble for The New Electric Ballroom Won
StageSceneLA Awards Best Featured Actor for Eurydice at South Coast Repertory Won
2014 Broadway World Awards Best Lead Actor for The Normal Heart at The Fountain Theatre Won
The Eddon Awards Best Lead Actor for The Normal Heart Won
Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Best Lead Actor for The Normal Heart Won
StageSceneLA Awards Best Lead Actor for The Normal Heart Won
StageSceneLA Awards Best Lead Actor for Reunion at South Coast Repertory Won
StageSceneLA Awards Best Ensemble for Reunion at South Coast Repertory Won
LA Weekly Theater Awards Best Revival Production for The Normal Heart Nominated
LA Weekly Theater Awards Best Lead Actor for The Normal Heart Nominated
Ovation Awards Best Season (including The Normal Heart) at The Fountain Theatre Won

Work[edit]

Stage[edit]

2015

  • The Woodsman

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

  • The Diary of a Teenage Girl (3 wkshps)

2007

  • The Last Schwartz
  • The Pursuit of Happiness

2006

2005

  • Constantly Distracted (Director)
  • “IV”

2004

2003

2003

  • Madelyn Kent’s SHUFU: Iraqi Interview
  • Mac Wellman’s Three Americanisms

2002

2001

2000

  • Centaur Battle of San Jacinto

1998

  • Jet Lag (1998-2000)
  • Park
  • Girl Gone

1997

1996

  • Sugar Down Billie Hoak
  • The Fairground Booth
  • 20/21
  • Distortion Taco

1995

  • Anus Mundi
  • Mississippi Nude
  • Leopold and Loeb are Dead Now
  • The White Album Project
  • The Conduct of Life
  • The Threepenny Opera
  • Terrence McNally’s Andre’s Mother
  • Naomi in the Living Room

1994

1993

1991

1989

1988

1987

1986

1985

  • Frankly, Franklin

Film & TV[edit]

2014

2012

2009:

2008

2006

2005

2004

2000

  • Morning Fall (film)

1999

  • The Gas Heart (film)

Writer[edit]

2011

-- "Cummings' voice howls boldly, bravely, beautifully, wittily, cunningly, mellifluously into the literary wilderness. He guides us effortlessly to see/to be his characters. He accomplishes his sleights of hand with grace and believability and power. I admire him enormously." - Caroline Thompson

-- "It feels as though you've been transported to multiple worlds and back, leaving you breathless and panting. Through a variety of forms, Cummings gives birth to fascinating characters and stories. His writing is rich and lush, beautifully exploring the paradoxes of the real and the surreal. The only thing that I can compare it to is perhaps a Bosch painting." - Chris Corkum, 2011 Lambda Literary Award Finalist for XOXO Hayden

2010

  • Jake Curve (novel)

2006

2005

  • Hellish (play)

2003

  • HOST (dance theatre)


References[edit]

  1. ^ BWW News Desk (July 21, 2011). "Tim Cummings Releases Book of Short Stories". Broadway World. Retrieved 2014-06-28. 
  2. ^ http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/tcpalm/obituary.aspx?pid=147904878
  3. ^ a b Sibley, Graham (April 2014). "Tim Cummings". Footlights. Retrieved 2014-06-28. 
  4. ^ Dulin, Dan (April 10, 2014). "Rolling Heart into a Hard Role". A&U Magazine. Retrieved 2014-06-28. 
  5. ^ a b Escoda, Carla (September 18, 2013). "Tim Cummings' Passage to The Normal Heart". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2014-06-28. 
  6. ^ Cummings, Tim (September 6–12, 2006). "Five years later, still one of 'The Guys'". The Villager. Retrieved 2014-06-28. 

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