Thom Thomas, playwright, Died at 80


Thom Thomas was born on August 31, 1941, and died on December 2, 2015.

He was an American actor, screenplay writer and playwright.

Thomas Neil Thomas was born in Lawrence, Pennsylvania.

He went to the Pittsburgh Playhouse School of Theatre from 1958 to 1960 before attending Carnegie Mellon University.

In 1966, Thom became a member of the American Conservatory Theatre under the helm of William Ball.

Thom received the Cameron Overseas Grant from CMU to study in Europe where he joined the Young Vic.

Upon returning to America in 1967, Thom joined the faculty at Point Park College in Pittsburgh, where he led the theatre department from 1974 to 1977.

Thom became Artistic Director at the Pittsburgh Playhouse and also was the Artistic Director for the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera in 1972.

In 1965, Thom was the co-Producer and Director at The Rabbit Run Theatre in Madison, Ohio and later at The Odd Chair Playhouse in Bethel Park, Pa.

Thom has been the author of a number of screenplays, including episodes for the Hotel Hill Street Blues’ and “A Year In The Life”.

He wrote and co-produced the pilot for the proposed series “Private Sessions” starring Mike Farrell and Maureen Stapleton.

Thom Thomas has been the recipient of a number of grants, including from the Ford Foundation (1969) and the National Endowment for the Arts (1978)

Thom passed away at age 80 in December 2015.