Tim Leininger has been theater critic for the Journal Inquirer since Dec. 2016. A graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Connecticut. He began his career performing for 10 years in New York with various choirs, the Liederkranz Opera, the One World Symphony, and directing the Central Baptist Church Chamber Choir. He has worked as a freelance lighting technician, and has worked at Hartford Stage as a stage hand and follow spot operator. Notable performances include singing in choirs for Barbra Streisand at Madison Square Garden, the United Nations celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and The Today Show; was a featured soloist in One World Symphony’s production of Handel’s “Saul,” and was tenor section leader for the 2003 Millennium Theatre presentation of Handel’s “Messiah” in Brighton Beach, NY.