Thomas Wood is an Actor, based out of New York City. You can see him in such films as the upcoming indie horror feature Shankman’s, and Music Videos like Transit’s “Listen & Forgive”. His theatre credits include Bobby from Tennessee William’s Small Craft Warnings and Grisha in Checkov’s Cherry Orchard with WSCAvant Bard, Bert, the research assistant in Flowers for Algernon with the Landless Theatre Company, and Brutus in William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar with The Catholic University of America’s prestigious Department of Drama, with whom he spent four years studying all aspects of stagecraft while earning his BA in Drama. Thomas grew up in the Village of Babylon on Long Island. From an early age it was clear that Thomas was a natural performer, from figuring out melodies to Billy Joel songs on his Casio Keyboard at age 7, to teaching himself the Guitar and the Drums in Jr. High.

Midsummer Night's Dream

Thomas and classmates backstage working on Midsummer Night’s Dream

But it wasn’t until High School where, under the direction of Mrs. Lisa Drance, he was first introduced to Shakespeare. Thomas often likes to joke that he decided to be an actor when he realized, after ER was taken off the air by NBC, that he no longer wanted to be a doctor, but wanted to play one on TV; however, the realization actually came backstage at a Shakespeare Festival at Hofstra University for high school students where Thomas and a few of his Theatre II classmates were to perform a scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Thomas as Gregory in Romeo and Juliet at CUA, 2007

After graduating from High School in 2004, Thomas ended up at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where he studied everything from lighting design to Producing for theatre, and, of course, Acting. The school offered him classes heavily influenced by Stanislavsky, Meisner, and Uta Hagen as well as offering him opportunities to study acting with dialects, Alexander Technique for movement, and Stage Combat with Rapier and Dagger, Sword and Shield and Small Sword; as well as a full season of main stage productions and even more laboratory student productions to work on. Needless to say, Thomas kept himself quite busy in his four years at CUA, where along with an overloaded class schedule he was usually working on a main stage production and two lab productions at any given time. He credits those experiences with giving him his massive drive and work ethic.

Small Craft Warnings

Thomas as Bobby in Small Craft Warnings at WSC, 2009

CUA offered Thomas a massive amount of opportunity to learn. The school brought him to Paris to see the works of the French Absurdists in their own language and to London where he saw everything from Shakespeare to Stoppard; and through the school he was also able to spend a summer studying with Shakespearian scholars Drs. John McNair and Roland Reed and members of the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK. Connections with faculty members and alumni from the program led Thomas to the Washington Shakespeare Company (now WSC Avant Bard) where he worked as a House Manager, and after graduation as an actor. Thomas spent five years in DC during and after college, after which he decided to move back home in 2009 with aspirations of moving in to TV and Film in NYC. He now lives in Manhattan. Aside from being an actor, Thomas is an avid writer. He writes short stories, plays, screenplays, essays, poetry, and terribly self-indulgent “About Me” pages for his blog. He still plays the Guitar and Drums when he can, as well as the Piano and he is trying to learn the Harmonica. He likes to go hiking and rafting and skydiving (though not the same time… That would be a long day!).


Thomas as Tim in Shankman’s, 2012

You can also check Thomas out at his Facebook and his Twitter. A complete resume is available on the main website.

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Cape Cod 2013 Journal – Day Negative Six

Detective Terrence BrowderIt’s almost time.
I’ve gotten the majority of my affairs in order; sublet my pace, moved the majority of my belongings back to Long Island, trained my sister to take over my day job for the summer (thanks, Missy), I’m even fairly organized and almost packed. Crazy, I know.
The last couple of weeks have been stressful, building up to Saturday. Before I got the gig on the Cape this summer I was asked to be in a film by the screenwriter who wrote Shankman’s. The project was a Cop short, a parlor scene. Based on how amazing his script for Shankman’s was I signed on without even reading the script, trusting he had a witty, brilliant script and a character that was right for me, even a cop. He didn’t disappoint. But I spent most of the process second guessing myself. Never saw myself playing a cop before. On top of all that we – due to schedule restrictions and the fact that I’m leaving in a week – had ONE DAY to film this. 16 pages of dialogue. One day. Oh did I mention the writer was directing and it was his first time doing that? Yeah. I was stressing.
Thankfully pretty much everyone on set had worked together before, on Shankman’s, and we were very comfortable with each other. We had done just enough work in rehearsal that we were solid in our performances, while still being loose and trying new things in the room. We shot it as a teleplay, running through the whole thing from different angles each time. The result was tight, natural performances with some of the best actors I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with, and a stellar crew that I would sign on to work with forever.
I’m sitting here trying to describe this experience but it is impossible to do that. The feeling in the room when every one is in the zone, clicking and working off of each other. Knowing what each person was going to do before they do it. Feeding off of each other’s energy. It is the closest thing I’ve had to a spiritual experience. Praise Thespis.
The craziest thing is we got it done! Crew called at 8. Actors got there around 10. On set at noon. In the can by 8:30. I’ve never experienced anything like that. Every one of us to a man was completely spent by the end, having left everything we had on set (and by on set, I mean Adam’s living room). A few of us had a quick dinner and I went home and passed out at midnight, exhausted and satisfied.
Now, as I sit on the LIRR headed in to the city for my last week of day job for the summer, I’m no longer stressed. I’m riding the high from this weekend. But, most importantly, I’m reminded why I do this. Why I live at the limit of my means in the most expensive city in the US. Not that the feeling was ever lost; but over time, as this industry wears on you, as your other life, your survival life starts to take over in the wake between projects; as those waves crash against your rock those feelings fade. And the only thing we can do to survive is to hold on to them. To hold on to those moments. Moments like Saturday. I head in to this week relaxed, rejuvenated, and ready to take on my next project with a newfound energy. And I can’t get there fast enough.

Cape Cod: I hope you’re ready for me.

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