Jim Tracey (Musician)

Jim moved to the Northwest from Austin, Texas in 1989 and improvised on stage with Fresh Art Entertainment (Simply Improv and Improvus Comicus, with Jay Hitt) before joining Unexpected Productions in 1997.

A Theatre Arts graduate of Western Michigan University, Jim has performed the leads in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Canterbury Tales, Noises Off! and Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, among others. He has played bass guitar, sax and flute with the Western Michigan Jazz Lab Band; the international Up With People show; the Southwest rock band Gateway; and the Texas-based duo McColl & Tracey, with whom he recorded an album and several singles and opened for such performers as Bonnie Raitt, Ian Matthews, Rusty Wier, Peter Yarrow, Kenny Rankin and David Bromberg.  (Who else can say they held hands with Johnny Paycheck and Dottie West in Hands Across America?)  His composition "You Depress Me" was a 1984 semifinalist in the American Songwriters Competition; he wrote the orchestral score for the Theatre Collective's 1986 musical adaptation of Lysistrata; and he directed the UP production of "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris" at the Market Theatre in March of 2011.   

Jim lives in constant awe of the onstage improv creations of his fellow performers.

First Performance Date:
     Saturday, November 1, 1997

Birthday:
     April 24

Hometown:
     Port Huron, Michigan

Favorite Improv Games:
     Narrative Collage, Scenes Without Words, the Tracey

Childhood Dream Job:
     Job?

Fictional Character:
     Chance the Gardener

Spirit Animal:
     Eagle

Favorite Superhero:
     Frasier the Lion