Director's career comes full circle at The Maryland Theatre

January 24, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ


The Maryland Theatre's next executive director said he's served in Germany with the U.S. Army and did behind-the-scenes movie, theater and TV work in New York City.

Timothy Brian Sullivan, a 1982 Smithsburg High School graduate, will take over for Patricia Wolford, who is resigning Feb. 3.

Sullivan, 41, who is known by his middle name, said he'll announce his ideas for changes when he takes over. Still, he offered a few clues, such as more shows that are family-oriented or have ethnic flavor.

"This area has forgotten a generation - my generation," he said. "If we don't look and change, it will happen again."


Sullivan said he grew up in a military family in Germany, where he developed a passion for Shakespeare, opera and other fine culture.

His family moved to the United States in 1978.

As a teenager at Smithsburg High School, Sullivan dreamed of a career in movies, Broadway or rock 'n' roll.

He said he told his guidance counselor, "I want to be a lighting director," but the counselor showed him a brochure for the Maryland State Police - because they work with lasers.

Discouraged, he joined the Army after high school. He said he became an M1 Abrams tank commander, patrolling the border at Germany's Fulda Gap.

After four years, he was transferred to Virginia to be an Army recruiter, then became a drill sergeant in the Army Reserves.

In Virginia, Sullivan reached what he called his "pushing off point." He leaped into the arts by joining the Virginia Opera's children's education department.

Within a year, he set out for New York City and landed a job creating and building sets for "Saturday Night Live."

Sullivan said he also worked on crews for movies - "Men in Black," "As Good As It Gets" and "Sleepy Hollow" among them - and other TV shows, including "Live With Regis and Kathie Lee," "48 Hours" and "As the World Turns."

Sullivan said he was nominated for an Emmy for his work on a TV show featuring sportscaster and former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason.

His rsum also includes work on Broadway shows, including "The Phantom of the Opera," "Titanic" and "The Producers."

Asked how his entertainment business career will help him at The Maryland Theatre, Sullivan smiled and answered, "Networking, networking, networking."

Sullivan said he feels like a circle has formed in his life: his high school class graduated at The Maryland Theatre.

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