Professor, Chair of Department
Tom is a director, primary acting teacher, voice and dialects specialist, and current department chair. He is a member of Actors' Equity Association, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the Screen Actors Guild, the Voice and Speech Trainer's Association, and a certified instructor (level IV) of Alba Emoting Technique. He has worked at a range of theatres across the country including the Seattle Repertory, the Tacoma Actors' Guild, and Goodman in Chicago. As a screenwriter Tom has had several works optioned, a few multiple times, and developed scripts with several major producers. He was commissioned to write a screenplay for world renowned Argentine American pianist Ana Maria Trench de Bottazzi , and her husband, conductor Dr. Bruno Bottazzi, based on Anna Maria's book To Live Again. Tom has directed numerous original scripts, including one of particular interest called The Mix-up Time, working with playwright and novelist Daniel Keyes, author of Flowers for Algernon/Charley. The Mix-up Time was based on the first part of Keye's best-selling novel The Minds of Billy Milligen. Tom has worked as an actor on a number of films, including David Mamet's House of Games, and the soon to be released Big Miracle. He was sole talent on a commercial for Chevy Trucks, and has been seen occasionally on UAA's Mainstage as Sir Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons, and John Adams in 1776. Tom has directed many shows for UAA since he arrived, and will add Steven Levenson's The Language of Trees, and J. M. Synge's The Playboy of the Western World to that list this year. He is a veteran, a pilot of 40 years, and flies a beautiful experimental STOL aircraft he built which has now logged more than 200 flight hours.
University of Wisconsin-Superior