A native of Hyde Park, New York, Tom is an educator, director, and administrator who has worked in many aspects of the entertainment industry. He is currently the Interdisciplinary Arts Coordinator for the Creative Arts Across Disciplines Initiative at Vassar College.
After completing his graduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned an MFA in Performance Pedagogy and won the Elizabeth Baranger Excellence in Teaching Award, Tom returned to his undergraduate alma mater, New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and to the CAP21 Musical Theatre Conservatory. From 2010-2014 he served there as the Industry Practicum Director, was a member of the acting faculty, taught a course on the business of theater, in addition to directing several projects, ranging from main stage productions to experimental workshops. At CAP, Tom also advised graduating students, working with them to navigate their early careers, before, during, and after showcase. In the summers from 2007 to 2015, Tom was the Education Director for the Powerhouse Theater Training Program at Vassar College. In 2014, he became a Producing Director at Powerhouse and became a full-time member of the Vassar College community at that time.
In addition to Pitt, CAP21, and Powerhouse, Tom has taught classes and workshops at the Stella Adler School of Acting, Viterbo University, The National Theater Institute, The New York Theater Educator's Association, and US Performing Arts Camps. He has coached students for KCACTF as well as graduate school auditions.
Some of his other experience includes working for a bi-coastal talent agency, for several casting directors, and in the offices of the world-renowned Nederlander Organization.
As a performer, Tom has toured with national companies of Crazy for You, West Side Story, The Wizard of Oz, and, White Christmas; he has numerous regional and stock credits and performed in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Tom continues to be a proud member of Actor's Equity Association.