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Tim Banker

Meet Tim

Timothy Banker has served in the roles of producer, director, writer, and manager for NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley since its founding in 1999. He brings a wealth of experience from both his directing and teaching backgrounds to coach the show’s young musicians on the non-musical elements, such as interviews, scripted skits, games, and humorous stories.

Mr. Banker is also a founding member of the Cornerstone Theater Company, an award-winning Los Angeles-based company that tours nationally to engage in long-term community residences that result in epic productions specifically tailored to the stories and needs of the community in focus. Examples of the company’s work includes: Moliere’s disintegrating and combative families adapted for a community on the Kansas prairie, Brecht’s tales of oppression on the streets of Watts, and Aeschylus’ ancient rituals on a modern Native American reservation. Mr. Banker has served as director, assistant director, and stage manager. In the late 90s, Mr. Banker was also a recipient of a Career Development Award for Directors from the National Endowment for the Arts and Theatre Communications Group. He also received two John Harvard Awards, one for teaching excellence and the other for academic excellence.

Select Notable Projects

  • PRIVATE EYES by Steven Dietz, Pittsburgh Playhouse, Pittsburgh, PA. August 1999
  • ENDGAME by Samuel Beckett, greasy joan and company, Chicago, IL and Circuit Playhouse, Memphis, TN. Voted Best Ensemble Production – Memphis Theatre Awards. January 1996 and June 1996
  • OBEDIENTLY YOURS, ORSON WELLES by Richard France, premiere at Boston Playwright’s Theatre, Boston, MA. July 1995
  • WHAT IT IS, THIS FREEDOM by Nayo Watkins, premiere w/ Cornerstone Theatre Company and Mississippi Cultural Crossroads, Port Gibson, MS. December 1994

Select Notable Teaching Positions

  • Guest Director / Acting; Emerson College, Boston, MA. Spring 1999
  • Intro and Intermediate Acting; Harvard Extension School, Cambridge, MA. Fall 1997; teaching assistant with Lecturer Bronia Wheeler
  • Intro to Directing; Harvard College and Extension School, Cambridge, MA. 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995; teaching assistant with Lecturer David Wheeler
  • Acting, Director of Drama Program; Chelsea High School, Chelsea, MA. 1989
  • Artist in Residence; Virginia Public Schools, all levels, 1986-1987; led workshops in Improvisation and Adaptation 


Harvard College, AB Cum Laude
Harvard University, A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theatre Training