If you scroll the internet, you’ll probably find lots of people named Jim Tyminski. But in South Florida, there’s only one with connections in the various fields of theater, music, real estate and computer software. With a measure of humility, articulate artisan Tyminski, a Floridian for 22 years, proclaims he has notched “the art and science of programming, the art of real estate and also theater, which covers all the other arts.”
If you’re a regular in the South Florida theatre scene, you may know Eytan Deray from his appearances in plays and musicals with various local companies over the past six years, including a most recent turn as Eugene in MNM Theatre Company’s iteration of Grease. But what you may not yet be aware of is that the experienced actor also has a passion for playwriting—which he is eager to finally get a chance to share with the wider South Florida theatre community starting July 29th, when his full-length play Educating Asher is set to make its world premiere.
Talking over coffee with singer/actress/dancer Patti Gardner at a bagel shop in Boynton Beach is remarkably enjoyable – like chatting with a longtime friend. She speaks about her loving 43-year marriage to husband, Neal; their twin daughters who turned 40 years of age last November and the fact that after her interview, she planned on driving to Vero Beach to visit with her grandchildren.
Lots of people spend years wondering if they’ve chosen the right career path in life.
Niki Fridh isn’t one of them. “I’ve never questioned my decision to be an actor,” said the brown-eyed, brown-haired performing artist who has trod a vast expanse of proscenia since arriving in South Florida – with acting on her mind and in her heart — some 25 years.
Elizabeth Price has been an actor and director in theatre and film in Los Angeles, New Orleans, Dallas, Austin, Atlanta and New Mexico. But since earning her Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from Boca Raton’s Florida Atlantic University in 2014, she has called South Florida her home and main artistic venue.
As a young girl growing up in Leavittown, N.Y., Diane Nardolillo Tyminski wasn’t outwardly expressive about her vocal talent. “I sang in secret. I was a frustrated singer,” said the woman who grew to be a frequent performer at community theaters in Lake Worth and Delray Beach, Florida. She moved to the Sunshine State 25 years ago, “alone,” she said. “My parents urged me to go on my own to get a start in school,” though they later followed.
Not every actor gets to clash sword-to-sword with Zorro; perform all the works of William Shakespeare within a single stage production; endure torture at the hands of a dystopian ecosphere’s evil dictator or create the character of a vain, pompous steward in a Shakespearean comedy while, at the same time, directing the show.
Freddy Mercury, the flamboyant front man for one of rock music’s most influential groups, Queen, died 30 years ago. But his notable accomplishments and musical achievements are still celebrated and enjoyed three decades after his passing.
Jessie Dez might never have arrived on the South Florida entertainment scene if not for a disastrous event that nearly took her sister’s life.
Emily Elizabeth Tarallo has seen the performing arts stage from both sides.
“My mother (Amy London) is a brilliant director/stage manager, and my father (Barry Tarallo) is an actor/musician with one of the best voices I’ve ever heard. He performed on and Off-Broadway in Grease and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. I remember growing up in various theaters, watching them on stage. It’s all I’ve ever known.”