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Rising Stars: Meet Timothy Locklear of North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre

Today we’d like to introduce you to Timothy Locklear.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I became interested in theater in high school because of my wonderful English teacher.

She had a huge impact on my life and nurtured my love of literature and theatre. I became actively involved in our local community theatre. I had a mentor, Joanne Bastian, who taught me everything I could absorb about theatre. She gave me my first opportunity in directing.

Once I moved to Raleigh, I became involved in local theatre beginning with Raleigh Little Theatre in 2009. I stage-managed, performed, and directed at RLT. Even though I was experienced in theatre, I came into the Triangle community and had to prove myself here in the community.

I started as the Managing Artistic Director with North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre in May 2013. I have actively searched for a true representation of our community in North Raleigh over the last eight years.

When I first arrived I saw a need of telling stories from all walks of life. We have evolved into a theatre telling provocative, engaging, educational, and entertaining stories about Persons of Color, the LGBTQI+ Community, and Persons with Cognitive and Learning Challenges.

I feel it is important as a community theatre to represent the entire community.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Any endeavor of change is never easy. The road was somewhat rocky with wanting to change the direction of the theatre. In order to keep the theatre relevant, it was important to change with the community.

There were some who had been with the theatre since its inception, who did not necessarily see the importance of the changes needed in order to have the theatre succeed.

Eventually, those who wanted to leave a lasting impression helped make the changes.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am the Managing Artistic Director for North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre.

North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre seeks to engage all members of our community by offering high-quality entertainment and theatre education. We encourage the development of life skills while providing opportunities to develop a lifelong passion for theatre.

We present innovative theatre experiences, which are artistically valuable and entertaining. I am proud of the direction the theatre has taken in becoming inclusive, diverse, and equitable over the last eight years. We have completely changed the programming over time.

The theatre is a 96-seat venue. We are known to put on big shows in our space in a creative and innovative way.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre are about to celebrate its 20th Anniversary.

There will be special events in our 2022-2023 Season. We are so proud to be able to say we are the only Community Theatre in the North Raleigh area.

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Curtis Brown and Elizabeth Anderson

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