What brought you to theater?
I was not what you would call a class clown, but at an early age I was able to make people laugh. I realized that people would actually listen to me, this awkward little shrimp, if I entertained them.
What did 10-year-old Tom think he'd be when he grew up?
My parents would call me upstairs when they had guests to perform Bill Cosby's Noah routine for their guests, so I was thinking I was going to be stand-up comic.
What is the greatest challenge that you anticipate in portraying Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream?
Hmmm...there is so much discovery and change that happens in the rehearsal process. Can I answer this one after rehearsals start?
What do you hope that Shakespeare in the Park fans will take away from A Midsummer Night's Dream?
A damn good time. I want everyone that sees this show to have a friggin' blast.
Who should play you in the feature film of your life?
Me. Just because I want the paycheck that comes with playing a lead in a feature film.
What Shakespeare character do you most resemble?
All the bald ones, and hopefully by the time the summer rolls around I'll most resemble Puck.
What's your superpower?
My superpower is the ability to play trumpet teeth and harmonica mouth with no trumpet or harmonica.
Tragedy, comedy or history?
I love them all. Whichever genre I'm rehearsing is the one I love the most.
Truth or dare?
DARE! I'm an actor --- I'm supposed to take risks.
Boxing. I love the sport and enjoy participating in it on a non-combat level when I get the chance.
More about Tom:
Tom has portrayed various roles, including Leontes in The Winter's Tale, the title role in Macbeth, Feste in Twelfth Night, Caliban in The Tempest; he directed As You Like It. Tom is a member of the theater department faculty at Alverno College. He is a founding producer of Shakespeare in the Park and a member of Actors' Equity.