Thom Penn - Coastal Carolina University
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Thom Penn

Lecturer, Theatre

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Edwards 278

Spring 2023 Office Hours
Tuesdays/Thursdays 10:00am - 12:30pm
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If everybody does something, nobody has to do everything."


Thom has appeared regionally at Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre in Chillicothe, Ohio; Trustus in Columbia, South Carolina; the Dallas Theater Center, Kitchen Dog Theatre, the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, Theatre Three and WaterTower Theater in Dallas, Texas; and the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  You may have seen Thom’s work as a Fight Choreographer in CCU’s productions of Hamlet, I Hate Hamlet, Batboy: The Musical, A Streetcar Named Desire and Cabaret.  He made his CCU directing debut with the 2005-06 season’s opening production of Moon over Buffalo.  Thom received a prestigious 2000 Leon Rabin Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of the villain Iago in Othello.  Thom is committed to arts education and believes in the power of the arts to enrich and revitalize a community.  


M.F.A., Acting, Southern Methodist University

B.A., Theatre, The University of South Carolina

Interesting Facts

Founding member (since 2008) and current Artistic Director of Atlantic Stage (since 2010); member of Actors’ Equity Association; Society of American Fight Directors certified actor-combatant; 2000 Leon Rabin Award nominee (Best Actor in a Leading Role – Iago in Othello)

Teaching Areas

Acting, Introduction to Theatre, Principles of Dramatic Analysis 

Research Areas

Research takes the form of the practical field work of operating a local non-profit professional theatre 

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