Tim began his career in Seattle with Seattle Group Theatre in 1984 where he directed over 20 productions, many that were West Coast and World Premieres. He served as Associate Artistic Director and was also Director of The Group’s nationally recognized MultiCultural Playwrights Festival. Tim served his last five seasons at The Group as its Artistic Director from 1991–96. From 1996 to 2007, Tim was an Associate Artistic Director of Oregon Shakespeare Festival. While there Tim directed 12 productions for OSF, promoted equity and inclusion efforts throughout the company, and created the FAIR Program which cultivates the next generation of diverse theatre artists and administrators.
After 11 seasons at OSF Tim assumed the post of Producing Artistic Director at Syracuse Stage and the Syracuse University Department of Drama from 2007 to 2016. During his time in Upstate New York he directed 18 plays, produced over 100 plays and musicals, and fostered a number of new partnerships and co-productions between Syracuse Stage and other regional theatres nationally and internationally.
Over the last 35 years Tim has directed at many theatres including The Market Theatre (Johannesburg), Baxter Theatre Centre (Cape Town), Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis), Milwaukee Rep, The Wilma Theater (Philadelphia), Arena Stage (DC), GEVA Theatre Center (Rochester), Cleveland Play House, Indiana Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, PCPA (Santa Maria), Arizona Theatre Company, Portland Center Stage, Dallas Theater Center, Seattle Rep, A Contemporary Theatre (Seattle), Empty Space Theatre (Seattle), Paul Robeson Theatre, and Seattle Children’s Theatre.
Most recently Tim has had tenure as a full Professor at University of Washington’s School of Drama where he served the last two years as Head of the Professional Actor Training Program. He will conclude his tenure there this spring after directing Cabaret. He will direct The Children by Britain’s Lucy Kirkwood at Seattle Rep in February, will helm a workshop of a music-filled play inspired by the imagination of young Jimi Hendrix entitled The Boy Who Kissed The Sky written by Idris Goodwin at the Kennedy Center’s New Visions/New Voices Festival in May, and will direct Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Sweat for the Guthrie Theater in July.
Tim’s production of Sweat at Dallas Theater Center in January was awarded a Dallas-Fort Worth Critics Forum Award for Outstanding Direction, and his production of Pass Over by Antoinette Nwandu received several Seattle theatre Gregory Award nominations this fall. Tim has also received two Backstage West Garland Awards for Outstanding Direction and two Syracuse Area Live Theatre (SALT) Awards for Outstanding Production and Director of the Year. He has served on the national boards of trustees for both Theatre Communications Group and ASSITEJ: The International Association of Theatre for Children and Young Audiences. His work as an organizational leader, teacher, and stage director has led him to South Africa, The Republic of the Congo, Beijing, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, Uzbekistan, Austria, France, England, and Belgium.
Tim received his BFA in Dramatic Arts from Howard University in 1980 and his MFA in Directing from the University of Washington in 1983.