Acting I, II, III, IV and Acting Lab
Tom was born and raised in West Seneca, South Buffalo, Clarence, New York, and Newport Beach, California. He won full scholarships to Beloit College in Wisconsin and The Juilliard School (under Alan Schneider) at Lincoln Center. Later he trained with Edith Skinner, Cicely Berry, Kristin Linklater and Stella Adler. Tom went on to play over fifty classical and contemporary roles at theaters around the world. In addition to full seasons at Baltimore Center Stage, The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, The Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts, and The Edinburgh Festival in Scotland. He has also performed at UBU Repertory, Theater for the New City, and The Riverside Shakespeare Company in New York, The Hangar Theater in Ithaca, and Yale.
Television appearances include; the mini-series A WOMAN NAMED JACKIE (also co-writer, Emmy best mini-series), and NORTH AND SOUTH PART III (also co-writer, starring Peter O’Toole). Episodic work includes; ALL MY CHILDREN, LOIS AND CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN, TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL, ARLI$$, and STAR TREK: VOYAGER (with Joel Grey). Film credits include; TURBULENCE, ETHAN FROME, LEAP OF FAITH, TIN CUP, PLAY IT TO THE BONE, DARK BLUE, EL PADRINO, EASY (Toronto and Sundance Film Festivals) and HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE (with Harrison Ford).
Tom was one of the producers of, and acted in COBB (with Tommy Lee Jones), which had a Benefit performance in Buffalo at Shea’s Performing Arts Center where the mayor presented him with the key to the city. He produced and directed WORKING SHAKESPEARE: RSC MEETS USA, (a broadcast series), featuring Cicely Berry, Andrew Wade, Jeremy Irons, Emily Watson, Lindsay Duncan, Toby Stephens and other members of the Royal Shakespeare Company with US actors: Helen Hunt, Samuel L. Jackson, Claire Danes, Blythe Danner, Robert Sean Leonard, Cherry Jones, Victor Garber, Diane Venora, Tony Goldwyn and others. Tom directed Jimmy Buffett’s worldwide concert tour for seven years.
Tom also enjoys a career as a voice, speech and acting coach and has taught; Liam Neeson, Rene Russo, Bob Hoskins, Lolita Davidovich, Robert Wagner, Tony Goldwyn, Brendan Gleeson, Alicia Witt , Lukas Haas, and many others. Tom has been coaching and directing actors for Theater, Film and Television for over thirty six years. He has enjoyed a long association with Larry Moss [Director/Acting Coach/Author: “The Intent To Live”] and worked closely with Michael Shurtleff [Playwright/Author: “Audition”, Casting Director for Mike Nichols and Bob Fosse] for fifteen years. Tom also teaches directing in the Graduate Film School program at USC and regularly lectures at Harvard University in The School of Slavic Languages and Literature and at The Harvard Business School.
His Executive Producing projects include: Telefilms for CBS; BORROWED HEARTS (the number one rated program for the week), starring Roma Downey, Eric McCormack, and Hector Elizondo, MONDAY AFTER THE MIRACLE with Ms. Downey, Billy Campbell, and Moira Kelly, THE TEST OF LOVE (the network’s top rated Wednesday film for 1999) also with Ms. Downey, SECOND HONEYMOON with Ms. Downey, Tim Matheson, and Michael Nouri, THE SONS OF MISTLETOE with Ms. Downey and Doris Roberts, and THE SURVIVORS CLUB with Ms. Downey, Jacqueline Bisset and James Remar.
Other feature films as Producer/Actor; NO VACANCY with Christina Ricci, Timothy Olyphant, Robert Wagner, Lolita Davidovich, and Patricia Velasquez (premiered at The Los Angeles Independent Film Festival and subsequently; The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, The Festival do Rio de Janiero (held over), Raindance (London), and The Moscow Film Festival; (First Place Best Debut Film), and for Showtime; NORIEGA: GOD’S FAVORITE, with Bob Hoskins, directed by Roger Spottiswoode.
Tom’s projects in development include numerous texts with writer/director Ron Shelton. Tom is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Actors Equity Association, the Producers Guild of America, the American Dialect Society, the Linguistic Society of America, the Voice and Speech Trainers Association, the Creative Coalition, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Tom opened the first actor training program in the history of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh. He continues to teach actors and directors at his studios in thirty cities, seven countries world-wide. Tom resides in New York City, Santa Monica and Weston, Connecticut. Tom is an avid surfer, cyclist, marksman, football fanatic, Beatlemaniac, Led Zeppelinite, rock & roll drummer and dog lover. He is left-handed.