Thom Warren, Associate Professor, Theatre & Dance

Thom Warren

Email
warren1@otterbein.edu

Office
Cowan Hall

Thom Christopher Warren serves as Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance and made his Otterbein directorial debut last spring with “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” followed by “Big Fish” in the fall of 2018. Thom comes to campus directly from the Broadway company of Disney’s “The Lion King” having worked for over fifteen years both onstage (Scar, Zazu, Timon, Pumbaa, and Ed) and off, having toured with the show as Resident Director and serving on the creative team alongside legendary Director Julie Taymor, for the Chinese production in Shanghai. In 1997, Thom made his Broadway debut, working alongside Sarah Jessica Parker in the revival of “Once Upon A Mattress,” directed by two-time TONY Award winner, Gerald Gutierrez. Over the course of a thirty year career as a professional actor, Thom has worked on and off-Broadway, regionally at some of the nation’s leading theatres, including: The Guthrie, La Jolla Playhouse, Paper Mill Playhouse, Hartford Stage Company, George Street Playhouse and many others, as well as touring the country with companies of “The Lion King,” “Into the Woods,” “Godspell,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” (with Otterbein’s very own Lori Kay Harvey!) and Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana.” Thom has had the honor of creating principal roles in world premiers of Barry Manilow’s and Bruce Sussman’s “Harmony,” directed by David Warren and Felicia Needleman and Laurence Holzman’s “Wallenberg,” directed by theatre legend Martin Charnin. This past summer, Thom had the pleasure of working at the Porthouse Theatre in Kent, playing Dan in their production of “Next to Normal,” and where he will play Harold Hill in this summer’s “The Music Man.”  More recently played Albin/Zaza in Short North Stage Company’s production of  “La Cage Aux Folles,” and Charles/Bertha in “Pippin.” Concert work includes singing alongside Mr. Manilow at Madison Square Garden and at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, as well as singing in the “Sondheim Birthday Concert” with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center, and many evenings featuring the work of Mr. Sondheim at 54 Below in NYC. Having spent the last decade balancing teaching with performing, Thom has been fortunate enough to guest direct at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music, and has taught and led master classes at Kean University, Yale University, the University of Michigan, the New York Film Academy, Pace University and South Carolina School of the Arts. Thom lives in Clintonville with his husband Adam, and their dog, Hamilton.

Research, Creative, & Professional Work

  • Business of the Business
  • Song Analysis
  • Directing
  • History of the American Musical
  • Dramaturgy
  • Musical Theatre Scene Study

Publications

  • Headshots: The Business of Headshots for Actors by Sean Turi; Authored the forward "What Makes a Good Headshot" 2014 Turi Productions LLC Formatted eBook Edition

Affiliations & Awards

Affiliations
  • Member Actors Equity Association 1986
  • Member Screen Actors Guild 1990
  • Member MTEA 2016
Awards
  • Recognized by Cleveland Critics Circle Award with Superior Achievement for performance in "Next to Normal" at Porthouse Theatre
  • Nominated for Theatre Roundtable Award and Jebby Award for Performance in "La Cage Aux Folles" at Short North Stage