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May 15, 2014

Faces of Fauquier: Stage central to his life’s journey

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“There is a whole community aspect to getting involved in a production. It’s a positive outlet for kids. It’s the kind of thing you can come back to anytime in life,” says Tim Bambara, outside the Fauquier Community Theatre.
There is something that’s very community-oriented to going to see a show within your own town. People are always going to need it. While everything is on YouTube, it’s not the same aesthetic.
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He works to inspire students to become passionate about theater.

Tim Bambara, a theater teacher at Liberty High School, enthusiastically supports the arts. His career grew from taking theater classes at Fauquier High School, which also led to acting and directing with the Fauquier Community Theatre.

Mr. Bambara always will remember his first lead role in high school, as Luther Billis in “South Pacific.”

“It’s a positive outlet for kids. It’s the kind of thing you can come back to anytime in life,” he says of theater.

Mr. Bambara recently directed a production of Agatha Christie’s “Black Coffee” for the community theater at Vint Hill.

“There is something that’s very community-oriented to going to see a show within your own town,” he says. “People are always going to need it. While everything is on YouTube, it’s not the same aesthetic.”

He enjoys seeing the growth of Warrenton, calling it a new “epicenter for businesses.”

“It’s a big county and growing more commercial, but there is still a lot of tradition. It’s the ideal place to live in the sticks, but not in the limelight.”

• Age
32

• Home
Warrenton

• Work
Theater arts teacher at Liberty High School since 2012.

• Why you do the job?
Theater was a big part of my high school career. I feel like it made my grades and football skills better. I got my first lead role my junior year of high school as Luther Billis in the production of “South Pacific” at FHS.

I like to provide an opportunity to kids like I was back then. There is a whole community aspect to getting involved in a production. It’s a positive outlet for kids. It’s the kind of thing you can come back to anytime in life.

I always wanted to teach theater. I get to inspire new generations of kids who love theater whether they stay or leave Fauquier County.

In a community theater, all walks of life come together. At the Fauquier Community Theatre, they are on stage because they love to do it.

• Family
Father, Mike; mother, Cindy, and brother, Tom.

• Education
Fauquier High School, 1999. Bachelor’s degree in theatre, James Madison University, 2003. Master’s in theater pedagogy, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2006.

• Civic involvement
Actor and director at Fauquier Community Theatre and volunteer at Camp Verdun Adventure Bound in theater productions.

• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
On and off since 1990. I recently moved back into the area.

• Why do you live here?
I never thought I would wind up back here. I came back from Chicago, looking to teach theater.

• How do you describe this county?
It has changed a lot. As far as Warrenton being a bigger town than it used to be. Warrenton is turning into more of an epicenter for businesses. It’s a big county and growing more commercial, but there is still a lot of tradition. It’s the ideal place to live in the sticks, but not in the limelight.

• What would you change about Fauquier?
Have more performance venues, theater and music venues where lots of people can perform. More arts and places for live music.

• What do you do for fun?
I go see concerts or shows and go to baseball games.

• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?
I like driving back by Airlie. I like to eat at Black Bear Bistro in Old Town Warrenton.

• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?
If it keeps growing, it’s going to be a metropolis. I can see it being the size of Winchester or Fredericksburg. I’ve watched things sprout out. Warrenton has a good opportunity to becoming a bigger stop for people. Wineries are a really big draw around here now.

• Favorite TV show?
“Parks and Recreation” because Pawnee is a little bigger than Warrenton, but it reminds me of Warrenton.

• Favorite movie?
“Forrest Gump”

• Favorite book?
“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams.

• Favorite vacation spot?
Broadway in New York City.

• Favorite food?
Seafood and Italian.

• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom?
“To face the world is brave. To turn outward rather than inward and face the world which you would have to face in any case — such may not always win the day, but it will always allow you to live the day as an adult.” It’s from David Mamet, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright.

• Who’s your hero and why?
Two of my professors from college: Dr. Tom King from JMU. because he taught me about what it means to put your art into practice. He taught me how to put words into action. Professor Noreen Barnes from VCU, because she taught me the feminist perspective of theater and how to take different people’s viewpoints into account. They inspired me to teach.

• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?
I would become a serious patron of the arts and put a lot of the money back into arts and education. I would also set up scholarships for my theater kids.


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Previous Faces of Fauquier:

• Bus driver Melissa Strain’s weekend job all about “fun.”


• Bartender Taylor Edgar has a pretty good standup routine.

• A nomad childhood led Paul Schmeling to start a moving company.


• Adam Lynch’s family owns café with local food focus and a special name.

• Patricia McMahon Rice turns passion for art into her livelihood.

• Cindy D’Ambro works as “director of first impressions” at LFCC.

• Ginger Hilleary leads local literacy organization.

• Farmers with groundhog problems call Rod Kirkpatrick.


• Horses “retire” to work with Jeanne Blackwell.

• Remington cattle farmer Doug Linton loves his home and work.

• Sports central to Robert Glascock’s life’s work.

• For Richard Mast, company ownership started with his summer work as a teenager.

• Bernice Simpson knows northern Fauquier back roads and the people who live along them.

• Eddie Payne has logged 38 years as a volunteer firefighter in Marshall.


• Stephanie Layton turns her lifelong passion for dance into her livelihood.


• Shawn LaRue matches children and adoptive families.


• Biker and psychology major Clif Stroud makes music in a big way.

• Becky Crouch greets lots of visitors.

• She helped blaze trail to equality for black teachers.


• Family and food come first for Marshall pizzeria employee.

• Rural “closeness” of Fauquier appeals to Kansas native

• A “spoke” in the wheel of preservation.

• His job dovetails with passion for hunting

• Veteran educator sees the potential in every child.

• His passions: Fixing cars and helping people


• Habitat ReStore volunteer appreciates Fauquier’s diversity.


• Dad’s example led to new career at Fauquier Hospital.

• He lives and works in a beautiful place.

• The Goldvein firehouse ranks as his favorite place.


• Pretty things everywhere she looks.

• Through scouting, he encourages girls to explore.

• One day, he might run the company.


• FISH volunteer likes to help others.

• She sees the community’s generosity.

• Cop patrols while most people sleep.


• Pastor a constant in Calverton.


• She keeps the courthouse spotless.


• He loves working working outdoors at the park.


• She sees “everyone” at Carousel

• Library assistant works in a “fun place"

• Hat lady sets up shop in Old Town Warrenton

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