B I O G R A P H Y
Tom works between the worlds of social justice and the arts. They are a writer, director, filmmaker, performer and intimacy & consent practitioner.
For 6 years Tom was the Artistic Director of the political theatre company Populace and now works as a solo artist. Their work as a theatre-maker attempts to blur the lines between theatre and direct action. Their show, Give Me Your Skin (BAC), co-created with Oonagh Murphy, explored concrete ways to challenge toxic masculinity and was accompanied by community organising workshops across the UK. Their current show My Uncle Is Not Pablo Escobar is being co-created with young Latinx Activists using theatre as a tool to create visibility and make concrete change for the 8th largest community in the UK.
Tom's major focus in their activism is LGBTQ+ rights. They write and talk about these issues in various settings, including as a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and as a frequent panellist at various festivals. Most recently they were a guest on the BBC Radio4's The Moral Maze.
From 2016-2021 Tom was the Creative Director of the Advocacy Academy, a youth movement organisation working to unleash the power of marginalised young people to create a more fair, just and equal society and nurturing the activists of the future. They are also an ambassador for Great Men, a charity challenging gender stereotypes with young men and a trainer for Movement Builders with NEON.
They are a graduate and scholarship recipient of Campaign Bootcamp and a campaigning advisor to the LGBT+ charity, Diversity Role Models, co-designing an initiative that supports students to launch campaigns to tackle inequality in their schools.
Tom trained at Berkeley, California and with the National Youth Theatre where they are now an associate. They are a fellow of the BAC's Emerging Artist as Activist programme and graduated with a degree in English Literature & Drama from Trinity College Dublin.
Stage credits include: JUBILEE (Royal Exchange & Lyric Hammersmith), WE KNOW NOT WHAT WE MAY BE (Barbican), ARMING THE WORLD (Ice & Fire), THREE SISTERS (Southwark Playhouse), NEGRIL BEACH (Bush Theatre), THE FOREST & THE FEILD (Ovalhouse / UK tour, Chris Goode & Co), VIEUX CARRÉ (King's Head & West End Transfer), DUNSINANE (RSC), SHALOM BABY (Theatre Royal Stratford East), FASTBURN (Kneehigh), AMPHIBIANS (Offstage), PRIME RESIDENT (Soho Theatre). Screen credits include: the award-winning feature film, FIT (Peccadillo Films) directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair, FREE (Team Angelica), the independent feature FORGOTTEN MAN and the short film DOG (official selection London Short Film Festival).
Tom was nominated for Best Actor at the Off West End Awards 2017 for their performance in the one-person show, RUN by Stephen Laughton at The Bunker. And they were a finalist for BBC Radio Drama's Norman Beaton Fellowship.
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