Tom is a London based playwright and theatre director, originally from the Midlands, and is currently the Artist Development Coordinator at The Old Vic. Having initially trained as an actor at the Guildford School of Acting, he's participated in the Royal Court, Soho Theatre and Finborough Theatre’s playwright groups, is a member of Mercury Musical Development’s Advanced Writers’ Lab, as well as working with Old Vic New Voices.
Tom’s debut play MY DAD’S GAP YEAR will be presented at the Park Theatre in February 2019. It was first performed at the Tristan Bates theatre, before being developed with Rikki Beadle-Blair for Team Angelica and revived at the Bush Theatre, London. Tom’s second play I AIN’T DUMB was also developed with Team Angelica and supported by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation. It premiered at Theatre Royal Stratford East the following year. Tom was commissioned to adapt Jamie O’Neill’s novel At Swim, Two Boys into stage musical REBEL SONG. It was nominated for the Stiles & Drewe Best New Song Prize, secured funding from Arts Council England and was selected as part of From Page To Stage to be performed at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Other Palace. Meanwhile his play KWEENSHIP was developed with the Soho Theatre’s Young Company. Short work includes BROADCAST (Old Vic New Voices), THREE SUNRISES (St. James Theatre) and I, WE, ME (Vaults Festival). His next full-length play UNDETECTABLE is currently in development and will premier in 2019.
Tom recently directed Sarah Milton’s TUMBLE TUCK at Underbelly, Edinburgh, which then transferred to the King’s Head Theatre in London. It was also produced by Old Vic New Voices and at the Soho Theatre and was nominated for an Off West End Award for Best Performance Piece. Other directing work includes BEDTIME STORY (Theatre Royal Stratford East), CLAIRE (Arcola Theatre Queer Collective) and MY DAD’S GAP YEAR/AN INVITATION (Tristan Bates Theatre). Assisting credits include the world premier of Rikki Beadle Blair’s LEGENDARY CHILDREN (Theatre De Meervaart) and dance-theatre crossover 2.1 (Rich Mix, Camden People's Theatre).
For The Old Vic, Tom is responsible for connecting with exciting theatre talent, developing new plays, nurturing mid-career artists and creating opportunities to bring them into the theatre. This is achieved through the management and delivery of key projects including The Old Vic 12, The Old Vic Lab, Connect and Baylis Director Schemes. Tom is also a Senior Reader for Theatre503.