Timothy began his professional stage career unexpectedly at 19 years of age, thrust among seasoned professionals for a production of Godspell at the old Westgate Dinner Theatre in Toledo, OH. The sink-or-swim experience led to auditions and contracts in Michigan, Utah, and the west coast of Florida among other places in the country. For nearly a decade, Timothy worked exclusively on the stage, accumulating a varied list of leading and supporting roles; from love-sick young fellows, to pop opera wailers, to leading men in productions of old-school Broadway-style warhorses.
Timothy’s reviews, strangely enough, include phrases like, “Irish tenor,” “the devil incarnate,” and “chills from the audience and feedback from the sound system.” Not surprisingly, the words, “virile and bare-chested” have never appeared. It is during this time that Timothy develops his gentle bemusement for that special breed Shaw once dubbed the “arts criticizer.”
Timothy has seven years chained to a cubicle in Fortune 100 America under his belt as well, having been a Business Systems Analyst in the technical arm – of the financial department – of an automotive company. There he worked with domain experts documenting an enterprise-wide asset management system, and simultaneously served as an officer for a United Nations project responsible for establishing a taxonomy for classifying goods and services in the global electronic marketplace… (sheesh).
It is during this time that he develops his disdain for buzzwords, middle-management, and self-help books. Dilbert simply stopped being funny for a very long while.
Timothy never strayed too far from the arts, however, serving often as a consultant, director, and technical director. He has devoted seven summers to directing youth summer theater camps in his adopted hometown of Perrysburg, Ohio, and is in his eighth season as the Stage Manager for the Toledo Symphony. He was honored to be a member of the small team of professionals planning the orchestra’s successful appearance at Carnegie Hall, and he and his wife typically have a full plate of independent projects going at any given moment.
Both he and Jennifer are founding members (although nobody is really sure what that means) of Catalyst Theatre Network, which received considerable attention for its production of Macbeth in the summer of 2012, and staged God of Carnage in the Spring 2013. Timothy is currently gathering steam, funds, and an arsenal of wry head-shakes for the last leg of of his (yet to be wholly determined) degree. He may speak, write, direct, or even sing if poked with a sharp stick.
More information about Timothy and his upcoming projects can be found at: http://www.timothylake.net.