Going for Broadway welcomes Tim Dolan on this episode! Tim moved to the Big Apple shortly after graduating high school to pursue a career in the arts. He graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, otherwise known as AMDA, in NYC. On television, Tim was featured on Season Two of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. Onstage, off Broadway, Tim performed as Abraham in the long-running hit musical Altar Boyz. His other acting credits include the National Tours of Altar Boyz and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes as well as numerous regional credits. He is also the owner and a tour guide of the Broadway up Close Tours in New York which my family and I took when we were in New York City this past summer. If you are going to New York City, Tim’s Broadway up Close Tour is a definite “Don’t Miss”!
Eryn and Tim start off with talking about the program and his experience at AMDA. He did a conservatory which lasted him about a year and a half full of singing, acting, and dancing classes.
Tim explains what it’s like being a part of the Actor’s Equity Association, or AEA. He goes through the advantages and disadvantages of being in the Union, as well as how you get your card and earn your points.
Later in the episode, Tim talk about his experience and the lifestyle of touring and as well as acting Off Broadway and at regional theatres. During this section, Tim also tell us one of his hilarious mishaps during a production of Wizard of Oz.
As the owner of very well put together organization of the Broadway Up Close Tours as well as being an educator in a few programs, Tim loves to teach and share. Through these endeavors, he loves being able to share anecdotes of Broadway history and teaching others in the field.
Tim recommends to be involved in the theatre as much as possible. Try and find a “normal” and more diverse life within the theatre. This helps you explore, AND can work as a backup plan if you were in need of it.
“For every couple of bad days there’s one incredible day where you’re being paid to sing dance in front of thousands of people and that makes it all worth it.”
In This Episode:
2:14- Have you always seen yourself in the acting field?
3:14- When moving to New York, did you have a certain vision?
4:14- Tim and Eryn talk about his experience at AMDA.
5:34- How has all of your training there at AMDA prepared you to be the professional you are today?
6:37- Do you think that one should invest in university to study their craft or would this time be better spent with gaining raw experience?
8:08- Could you tell us about the Actor’s Equity Association?
11:56- Tell us about your experience in Altar Boyz!
12:53- How did you get involved into doing national tours?
14:19- What is that tour lifestyle like?
15:21- What regional theatre credits do you have? Where were they?
16:56- Tim tells one of his crazy mishap story during The Wizard of Oz…
19:33- Got any tips in being able to stay on your feet?
20:06- How did you get your opportunity on Boardwalk Empire?
21:21- Did you have any training in working on film?
22:18- How is working on camera different than working on stage?
22:56- What was your performance(s) like at 54 Below?
24:34- The Broadway Up Close Tours… how did you put together this awesome program?
26:41- What are you teaching with the Dream Makers Performing Arts and Rosie’s Theatre Kids Programs?
28:24- Is a degree required for the teaching gigs that you do?
29:09- What kind of advice would you give aspiring young actors or to the parents of these young actors who wish to pursue Broadway or touring nationally?
31:08- What is the best website for people who are interested in getting in touch with you? Or in taking a Broadway Up Close Tour (which I recommend highly!)?