“A winningly offbeat imagination.”
- Peter Marks, Washington Post
Jimmy Grzelak is a Brooklyn-based writer and performer.
Before moving to NYC, Jimmy spent several years living, laughing, and learning in Philadelphia's experimental performance community.
Before Philly, Jimmy toured Canadian and American fringe festivals, and also travelled Europe and Asia by train, living with new religious communities through the support of a Florence Chandler Fellowship for moral sensitivity and resourcefulness.
“Wunderkind of weird... a force of nature, a kind of cynical Peter Pan... the eerie spirit child of Brian Wilson and Yma Sumac.” Washington City Paper
“The show we needed it to be. It’s Tang for the Trump era. It’s a campfire in the wilderness.... a quiet delight. Grzelak is a gifted and charming storyteller. He renders exquisite and memorable details.” Cincinnati CityBeat
“Straight-faced charm... his humor has an edge. Grzelak finds the poetry and the absurd in the mundane.” Phindie
“Sharp and hilarious... His sincerity matches his wit. ★★★★★” DC Metro Theater Arts
“Deeply personal and urgently-felt.” The Daily City
“Très provocateur.” Fringe-Moi
“Smart, nimble-footed humor... keep an eye on him - it will certainly be worth following him down the next trail.” DC Theatre Scene
“Grzelak told me it was his first performance in Pittsburgh. Let's hope for more.” Pittsburgh City Paper
“Goofily appealing... A winningly offbeat imagination.” Washington Post
Jimmy has worked with Seattle's Satori Group, as well as with The Bengsons on Hundred Days and The Lucky Ones (both directed by Anne Kauffman) and studied in the private voice studios of Andy Truex, Erin Nafzinger, and Brad Wells (2014 Grammy Award Winner).
He has performed at venues including Philadelphia's FringeArts, Lab @ Inscape (Seattle, WA), Haverford College, Centre des arts contemporains du Québec à Montréal, Space Gallery and Empire (Portland, ME), Portland Stage, Temple University, DancePlace (Washington, DC), Flynnspace (Burlington, VT), Know Theatre of Cincinnati, White Heron Theatre of Nantucket, 92Y in Tribeca, the Amritapuri Bhajan Hall (Kerala, India).
Photo credit: John Chandler Hawthorne
Contact: jimmy grzelak at gmail dot com [no spaces]