Durham has many fascinating newcomer stories to share, and one of them comes from Tynetta Walker, one of our newest board members. Tynetta moved here in the Spring of 2020 from Atlanta and was looking for ways to meet people and get to know the Durham community. Lucky for us, she reached out to the theater about becoming more involved and soon joined the board and started coming to events. Next year, Tynetta will be the Chair of the Board of Trustees, and we are excited to get to know her better!
CTD: Can you tell us a little about yourself and how you came to Durham?
TW: I’m a former project manager turned travel agency owner. I spent most of my life in Atlanta but decided to pack up and head to Durham to be close to family. Lucky for me, I landed just as the pandemic was kicking off!
CTD: What do you like best about Durham and the community here?
TW: Coming from the hustle and bustle of Metro Atlanta, this place feels like a charming small town, and I’m absolutely loving it. The sense of community here is like no other. Durhamites are socially conscious and politically astute, and that’s contagious. It’s not just a city; it’s a community that cares, and that’s hard to find in bigger cities.
CTD: How did you get involved with the theater and why did you want to be on the board?
TW: Being new to the city, I was in search of opportunities to get involved, specifically in the arts, learn more about Durham, and selfishly meet new people. I came to the Board as a citizen appointee through the city government.
CTD: Have you always had a passion for the arts and how did that begin?
TW: Oh, absolutely! My love affair with the arts started way back when I was little. I vividly remember taking acting classes at the tender age of five – talk about starting early, right? As I grew up, I delved into the world of music, studying piano for years at a conservatory in Los Angeles. I think a flute and a trumpet crossed my path as well. But most of my time in the arts was in chorus and musical theater in high school and college.
CTD: What types of shows and films do you like going to at the theater? Do you have any favorite artists?
TW: I love that the Carolina Theatre is not just a performance venue, but also an art-house movie theater. I love old Hollywood, so pretty much anything in the Retro Film Series is up my alley. I enjoy foreign movies too. As for live performances, I get excited for any of the dance and cultural performances, such as Dance Theater of Harlem and Ballet Folklórico Cutumba.
CTD: What are some of your other hobbies and interests outside of the theater?
TW: I love spending time with my family and traveling.
CTD: What is a favorite Durham experience you would recommend to everyone?
TW: Nothing is better than a dinner in Downtown Durham at one of the incredible restaurants and then a show or movie at the Carolina Theatre.