Theater Of The Mind

Updated: Jul 22, 2019


Written By Keisha Mitchell

Timothy Richardson is creating a lane all his own as he is building the momentum necessary to be a maverick in the world of screens large and small. The Model turned Actor turned blossoming Screenwriter and Producer is as multifaceted as the roles he already has under his belt and he’s only just started. Originating from Orlando, Florida, Timothy’s love for theatre began early although he didn’t answer it’s call until recently; “ I remember being a kid making sounds with Nerf guns and being dra- matic putting on mini movies for myself, but I don’t feel like theatre was something I was exposed to as much as a kid, [appreciation] wasn’t nec- essarily cultivated for me. I feel like in the African American community there’s a higher expectation for sports than there is art. That’s why it’s important to me now to let younger Black Men know there are other av- enues outside of sports.” For Timothy, his interests in the arts as an avenue was propelled by blessed encounters with other exceptional screen- writers, such as Tarell Alvin McCraney , who penned the groundbreaking 2016 film, “Moonlight”. Timothy credits McCraney with the creation of his favorite screenplay to date and believes the experience of watching that narrative on film helped him to understand the power of movies as messengers “ Moonlight was so groundbreaking from how it was shot to how real it was. It made me feel empathy for the character and being a Black Male it was something that was different. It made me uncomfort able, but it was inspiring. “ He expounds; “It made me understand that a visual medium can be so powerful and [I felt] this is what art is about, this is what acting is about: the Human experience”.