Tom Cavanaugh

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Tom Cavanaugh (Director/Producer) received an M.F.A. from the Actors Studio Drama School, New York City in May of 2000. In 1999 while at the Studio, Tom was a semi-finalist in the Chesterfield Films Writers Foundation Project in Los Angeles. Cavanaugh’s one-act play, The Circus Still Comes to Town was produced as part of the Thesis Repertory Season at Circle in the Square Downtown (NYC). Cavanaugh served as Associate Producer for Ensemble Studio Theatre (NYC) in 2000 and his short plays 50th & 8th and Amen were produced there in special presentation. Under the guidance of playwright Edward Allan Baker, Cavanaugh wrote the one act play Diner Talk in a workshop at Ensemble Studio Theatre. Diner Talk was awarded first prize in the Jersey Voices One Act Play Festival and was produced that summer in Maplewood, New Jersey. Tom’s full-length play Behold was a 2010 finalist in the New American Playwrights Development Program at the Utah Shakespearean Festival and was one of three winners of the 2011 Pickering Award for Excellence in Playwriting. His one act play, Wonder won the Irene Bashore Award for Playwriting from Firstage Los Angeles. Tom’s full-length play Adam & Yoshi is a finalist in the second Annual McKinney Repertory Theatre New Play Competition in McKinney, Texas, one of three finalist for the 2013 New American Playwrights Development Program at the Utah Shakespearean Festival and won the 2012 Make the House Roar Prize for Comic Plays at the Lionheart Theater in Georgia. In 2014, Behold was given a staged reading with blocking for one night in The Living Room Series of The Blank Theatre in Hollywood, California. Members of the cast included David Marciano (From the television show HOMELAND) as John and Kerris Dorsey (From the television show RAY DONOVAN) as Rachel. Tom’s full-length play, Inland Empress was developed in workshop for over a year with the Fierce Backbone Theater Company of Los Angeles. Inland Empress had its World Premiere at The Lounge Theatre in Los Angeles on January 23, 2016. Tom was a member of the 2016 Play Lab at the William Inge Theater Festival in Independence, Kansas with his play, The Circus Still Comes to Town. Tom’s stage play Behold, currently is one of twelve plays in the final round of the American Association of Community Theater’s 2017 New Play Theater Festival. Tom is a writer member of Bobby Moresco’s Actors Gym and a writer member of Fierce Backbone in Los Angeles. Tom is also a member of the La Strata Theatre Company in New Jersey. Cavanaugh has been a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc. since 1998 and is currently living in Los Angeles.Development Program at the Utah Shakespearean Festival and was one of three winners of the 2011 Pickering Award for Excellence in Playwriting. His one act play, WONDER won the Irene Bashore Award for Playwriting from Firstage Los Angeles.
Tom’s full length play ADAM & YOSHI was a finalist in McKinney Repertory Theatre’s New Play Competition in Texas, one of three finalists for the 2013 New American Playwrights Development Program at the Utah Shakespearean Festival and won the 2012 Make the House Roar Prize for Comic Plays at the Lionheart Theater in Georgia. In 2014, BEHOLD was given a workshop production, directed by Christopher Raymond in The Living Room Series of The Blank Theatre in Hollywood. The cast included David Marciano (From television show HOMELAND) as John and Kerris Dorsey (From television show RAY DONOVAN) as Rachel. Tom’s full length play, INLAND EMPRESS
was developed in workshop for over a year with the Fierce Backbone Theater Company of Los Angeles. INLAND EMPRESS had its World Premiere at The Lounge Theatre in Los Angeles on January 23rd, 2016. Tom is a writer member of The Actors Gym and a writer member of Fierce Backbone here in Los Angeles. Tom is also a member of the La Strata Theatre Company in New Jersey.

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