Tom is a London based playwright, theatre director and producer, originally from Coventry. He is currently the Head of Artist Development 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, Mercury Musical Development’s advanced writers’ lab and Young Vic’s directors’ programme.
Tom’s debut play MY DAD’S GAP YEAR premiered at the Park Theatre with a sold out run in February 2019. It was first performed at the Tristan Bates theatre, before being developed with Rikki Beadle-Blair for Team Angelica and presented at the Bush Theatre, London. Tom’s second play UNDETECTABLE also premiered in 2019 at the King’s Head Theatre. These back to back productions were nominated for seven Off West End Awards including Best New Play and Most Promising Playwright. 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. Other plays include I AIN’T DUMB developed with Team Angelica and supported by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation. It was performed at Theatre Royal Stratford East as part of Angelic Tales. A staged reading of his next full-length play VERY SPECIAL GUEST STAR recently previewed at the Soho Theatre and Arcola Theatre. Short work includes BROADCAST (Old Vic New Voices), THREE SUNRISES (St. James Theatre) and I, WE, ME (Vaults Festival).
Tom 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. Tom recently developed and directed three rehearsed readings of brand new plays by LGBTQ+ writers at the Park Theatre; THE HIGH TABLE by Temi Wilkey, BLOWHOLE by Benjamin Salmon and SACRILEGE by Kamal Kaan. Other directing work includes FLEDGLINGS (Criterion Theatre), 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 and creating opportunities to bring them into the theatre and to develop new work. 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 reads scripts for a range of organisations and is a Senior Reader at Theatre503. He is also a mentor for Arts Emergency.
Oh, and he once wrote a trailer for Channing Tatum and Magic Mike Live UK.