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Tom studied English and Philosophy at University of York, then MA Directing for Theatre at Goldsmiths College, University of Londonand is a director working across theatre, musical theatre and opera. He joined GAMTA in 2012 as Head of Acting working across the both the junior and full time school, and is now Head of Acting for the full time musical Theatre course. He continues to direct professionally, and his recent work includes Gianni Schicchi (Opera Bohemia, Scottish tours in 2014 and 2015) and La Boheme (Clyde Opera, 2016).
Tom was a member of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. He has worked as an assistant or associate director for companies including the Young Vic Theatre, English National Opera, Scottish Opera, the Haymarket Theatre Basingstoke, Opera North and the Bregenzer Festpiele. In 2010 Tom was selected to take part in The Operating Table, a workshop course for emerging opera directors, at the Royal Opera House.
Tom was Literary Associate (Musical Theatre) for the Finborough Theatre, London, where he directed the European Premiere of Adam Guettel’s song cycle Myths and Hymns, and the first revival of N. C. Hunter’s 1953 play A Day by the Sea. Tom was on the Literary Panel of the Bush Theatre and the Royal Court Young Writers’ Programme, and read and assessed musical libretti on behalf of the literary manager of the Donmar Warehouse.
Other directing includes Stefano Benni’s play Astaroth and a devised piece, L’antologia di Spoon River, both for the Rapallo Festival, Italy; Henry IV parts one and two (York Shakespeare Project); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oxford School of Drama in Blenheim Palace); Dead Woman’s Music (Arcola); Judith (Pleasance, London); and Someone to Watch Over Me (Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London). His own adaptations which he also directed include versions of Brecht’s The Visions of Simone Machard (Hackney Empire and tour), and The Trojan Women (Edinburgh Fringe).
For GAMTA his directing includes the revue The World Goes Round and a devised song-cycle, Doors: the Great Exam Cabaret (Wild Cabaret, Glasgow); Sunshine on Leith (Websters Theatre); and in-house productions of a devised play, Faslane; a devised jukebox musical based on the music of Pink and Aerosmith, A Fistful of Glitter; and the musicals 9 to 5; A New Brain; Wonderland; Oklahoma; and Just So.