October 12, 1957 - May 10, 2019
Jimmy Nixon founded Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre after moving from Hollywood to Seattle in 1996. In the past 16 years, he led the growth of a company that began as an after school class, serving a handful of students, into a million-dollar non-profit organization that serves more than 1,500 young artists each year. Under Jimmy’s leadership, Broadway Bound has become a premiere youth theatre company in Seattle. Young artists from the program have gone on to appear on virtually all of Seattle’s professional stages, as well as Stage Door Manor, Interlochen Arts Academy, on National tours, regional theatre’s and on television and in film. Broadway Bound has mounted productions at venues throughout the city of Seattle, including The Moore, The Paramount and the ACT, Seattle Public Theatre and the Broadway Performance Hall. Broadway Bound has been recognized for the past three years by the City of Seattle as a Civic Partner. In December 2011, Jimmy directed the Seattle Premiere of Jason Robert Brown’s Broadway Musical, 13 at the Gregory Falls Theatre at ACT.
As the Executive Artistic Director of Broadway Bound, Jimmy has guided more than 50 musical productions, directing many of them himself. His 2006 production of Annie featured seven casts of young actors who performed in two major theatres in Seattle simultaneously, ACT and The Moore; and his 2007 production of High School Musical sold more than 20,000 tickets at The Moore Theatre. Subsequently, The National tour of Disney’s High School Musical invited Broadwaybound actors to perform with them, each night of their tour, on stage at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre.
In 2007, Jimmy led the effort to bring a new and exciting Broadway Bound program to underserved neighborhoods in South Seattle. His production of Dreamgirls opened a dormant Paul Robeson Performing Arts Center, with sold out houses and front-page news coverage by the Seattle Times. His achievements and vision resulted in a partnership with the Seattle Public School District and additional productions at Rainier Beach High School, including Fame, Little Shop of Horrors, Cats, and most recently directing the Premiere of the new musical God Lives in Glass, written by Keith Thompson and Dr. Robert Landy. In 2011 he was honored by the Rainier Beach High neighborhood with a Community Partnership Award.
As a performer in New York City, Jimmy studied acting with Lee Strasberg at The Actors Studio, dance with Luigi, Twyla Tharp and ABT and Alan Jones was his teacher and mentor for musical theatre. He performed in more than one hundred plays and musicals, is an original company member of the American Theatre of Actors and was honored with three awards for his work Off-Broadway in The Living Room, My Father’s House and The Holy Junkie. Junkie played to rave reviews at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.
After moving to Hollywood, he guest-starred on TV shows such as Life goes On, Hardball, Alien Nation, Shades of LA, Mike Hammer, Dragnet, Adam 12, Thunder Boat Row, The Fugitive, Peepers, People on TV, General Hospital, Crosstown and Topper. Jimmy was a writer and series regular on Fox TV’s hit show Totally Hidden Video for four seasons and performed the same duties for two seasons on King World’s, The New Candid Camera with Dom Deluise.