Tom is a New York City-based actor originally from Washington, DC. After graduating NYU, studying at Lee Strasberg and Playwrights Horizons, he performed with the acclaimed experimental theater director Reza Abdoh, and was a founding member of his company, Dar A Luz. Tom had lead roles in Abdoh’s final five large-scale productions and his feature film, The Blind Owl before Abdoh’s death from AIDS. Tom recently performed excerpts from Abdoh’s Law Of Remains for the extensive retrospectives at MoMA PS1 in New York and KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin. The New York Times described Abdoh’s Law of Remains as “one of the angriest pieces of theater ever hurled at a New York audience.”
Tom originated the role of Tommy Tuttle in Richard Foreman’s Paradise Hotel at the Ontological Theater and was directed by renowned actor, Rip Torn, in Eugene O’Neill’s Before Breakfast with the Sanctuary Theater. On television, he co-starred opposite Jerry Orbach in NBC’s Law & Order. While performing Off-Broadway in Arthur Miller’s Creation of the World and Other Business, he met the playwright after the show in the dressing room, marking an unforgettable theater history moment for Tom.
Tom also has an extensive background in community outreach and creative projects. He was a founding member of Chashama, a nonprofit arts organization that supports artists in multiple disciplines throughout New York City. He co-directed and performed in the SafeSpace Annual Talent Show at venues such as Roseland Ballroom and Webster Hall. These shows benefited homeless youth in NYC. Tom continues to work with vulnerable populations in New York.
On camera, Tom leans into the roles of broken outsiders, flawed healers and gurus, characters with dark pasts, and good guys making questionable decisions.