Director of Development
Jim Martyka is a founding member of Theatre Unleashed (as well as its Director of Development) and has taken on roles in several of its productions, including Sebastian in The Tempest, Jason in the TU original Landscaping the Den of Saints, PFC. Colin Carney in The Birthday Boys and George Bailey in the holiday adaptation he wrote, KAWL Presents "It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play for the Stage."
Jim Martyka kicked off his acting career by playing Pooh Bear in a production of Winnie The Pooh and he’s never looked back. Jim has starred in dozens of critically acclaimed theatre productions, playing a variety of roles from Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Florindo in The Venetian Twins to Fred Gayley in Miracle on 34th Street to Dick in Play It Again Sam. He also directed and starred in the original play The Audition by Joel Orff.
Jim has also worked in numerous independent films, playing characters that include a bumbling thief (Thieves and Assassins), a sarcastic emo-rocker (Malaise and Apathy), and a lonely man who finds solace in his newly found crack addiction (Eventually Everybody Hits).
You may have seen Jim on YouTube in the popular mock commercial BlondeStar as well as national commercials for Pontiac, Best Buy and Buffalo Wild Wings or on The Discovery Channel series Reasonable Doubt.
Jim is also an accomplished journalist, author, editor, teacher, musician, poet and a former Guinness World Record Holder for watching the most consecutive hours of movies without sleeping (53 and a half hours).