Jim Speake, a member of SAG/AFTRA, is an actor/ singer who divides his time between New York City and Key West, Florida. Jim has made two recordings. The first, “My Generation”, was recorded live at Don’t Tell Mama in 2010. His second recording “Sweet Life” a studio recording, won the Lamott Friedman best recording award from MAC, the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs in 2016. He was nominated by MAC as best Musical Comedy Performer in 2013 and also as best Male Vocalist in 2015 and 2017.
Jim is originally from Alabama. His early years were spent on a cotton farm. He earned a degree in Business Administration from the University of Alabama and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia. After working as a Landscape Architect for the Historic American Building Survey in Washington, DC, he lived and worked in Atlanta, Georgia where he was founder and President of Speake Garden Furnishings. This company sold quality garden furniture and accessories to the design trade from a showroom in The Atlanta Decorative Arts Center. While in Atlanta, Jim worked as an actor for several local theater companies including The Atlanta Lyric Theatre. He was also Vice President of the Atlanta Lyric Theatre. In 1996, Jim was one of four “Catfish” in the Opening Ceremonies of The US Olympic Games in Atlanta.
He moved to New York in 2000 to study acting and voice, and was cast in a number of Off Off Broadway productions in Brooklyn and Manhattan. He appeared in several television shows and was a guest on numerous national radio shows. He was in cabaret shows at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT as well as Birdland and in solo shows at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, Don’t Tell Mama, the Duplex and The Metropolitan Room in NYC. Jim was a member of the board of directors of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs for five years and served as the secretary of the organization for four years.