Tom is a London based playwright and theatre director, originally from the Midlands. He is currently the Artist Development Manager 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 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 and an extract of his play VERY SPECIAL GUEST STAR previewed at the Arcola Theatre. 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 will premier at the King’s Head Theatre in March 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 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 also reads scripts for a range of organisations and is a Senior Reader at Theatre503.
Oh, and he once wrote a trailer for Channing Tatum and Magic Mike Live UK.