Tim Cummings

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Tim Cummings
Born1973 (age 4950)
Port Jefferson, New York

Tim Cummings (born 1973) is an American actor and author.


Early life

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. [1]


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 then attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he received a BFA. While at NYU, he studied at The Stella Adler Conservatory and The Experimental Theater Wing. [2] 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.

Cummings received his MFA in Creative Writing (Writing for Young People) from Antioch University Los Angeles, in June, 2018.

Acting career

After graduating from NYU, 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. [3]

He later performed with The Flea Theater, [2] in Mac Wellman's Sincerity Forever, Cleveland, and Three Americanisms, as well as the melodrama Billy the Kid written by Walter Woods in 1903. [4]

He directed an original black comedy by Kenny Finkle, Transatlantica. He was an understudy in the Off-Broadway play The Guys and in the Broadway revival of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune'. [5]

Cummings subsequently relocated to Los Angeles to work in television and film in addition to theatre, [4] where he played Ned Weeks in Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart as well as Patsy in The New Electric Ballroom by Enda Walsh.

Cummings served as Associate Director of the Youth Program at The Ojai Playwrights Conference from 2011 to 2017.

Career in writing

Awards and nominations

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 PlayhouseNominated
2011 Ovation Awards Best Season (including Roddy Doyle's War & Enda Walsh's The Walworth Farce ) at Theatre BansheeNominated
2012LA Weekly Theater AwardsBest Comedy Ensemble for The Walworth Farce Nominated
LA Weekly Theater AwardsBest Revival for Camino Real Nominated
2013Los Angeles Drama Critics CircleBest Ensemble for Enda Walsh's The New Electric BallroomWon
LA Weekly Theater AwardsBest Supporting Actor for The New Electric BallroomWon
2014Broadway World AwardsBest Lead Actor for The Normal Heart at The Fountain Theatre Won
LA Weekly Theater AwardsBest Revival Production for The Normal HeartNominated
LA Weekly Theater AwardsBest Lead Actor for The Normal HeartNominated
Ovation AwardsBest Season (including The Normal Heart) at The Fountain TheatreWon
Los Angeles Drama Critics CircleBest Lead Actor for The Normal Heart at The Fountain TheatreWon
2015StageSceneLA AwardsPerformance of the Year for The WoodsmanWon
2016SAGE Awards (ArtsInLA)Best Lead Actor for Need To KnowWon
2017Ovation AwardsBest Production for The House In Scarsdale: A Memoir for the StageNominated
SAGE Awards (ArtsInLA)Best Lead Actor for The House In Scarsdale: A Memoir for the StageWon
2018Los Angeles Drama Critics CircleBest Lead Actor for The House In Scarsdale: A Memoir for the StageWon
2019Critical Read Literary MagazineOrigins essay contest for You Have Changed Me ForeverWon
Pushcart Prize For You Have Changed Me ForeverNominated
Ticket Holders LA AwardsBest Performance in a Play for Daniel's HusbandWon
Ovation Awards Best Lead Actor for Daniel's HusbandNominated









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