About me - Biography

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Thomas M. Shorrock is an educator and theatre artist who believes that theatre and education are an intertwined experience that enriches and expands the mind and spirit through learning and discovering new experiences in oneself.   He is excited by the opportunities that exist when helping theatre artists or patrons develop their understanding and aesthetic of western theatre.

Tom was born and raised in Tampa, Florida where he developed his skills working in the family business and renovating houses.  Tom discovered his love of the theatre arts as a creative outlet for the knowledge he gained working in the family businesses.

Tom pursued his Bachelor’s degree from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida where he was exposed to what theatre could offer as a career and honed those skills as a practicing professional at the University of Louisville in theatre design and technology.

While in Graduate School, Tom experienced the rewards of helping students discover their own potential as so many teachers had inspired and helped him through his life and made the decision to enter the academic profession.

After working for several years as a teacher at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana and meeting his wife Linda, the decision was made to return to Florida and take a position at Florida Atlantic University where they could both be close to family and Tom could devote his energies to developing a MFA program in design and technology.

Throughout the years, Tom has worked at multiple professional theatres and universities, including Caldwell Theatre Company in Florida, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in New York, Palm Beach Dramaworks in Florida, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville in Kentucky, The New Harmony Theatre in Indiana, and Riverside Theatre in Florida.

Tom has worked on well over 200 productions in his career.  Some of his recent favorites include Working, Clybourne Park at Caldwell Theatre, And the Tony Goes To…, Journey of the 5th Horse, Bus Stop, and Ubu Roi, at Florida Atlantic University; Titanic, Smokey Joe’s Café, and Cabaret at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in New York..

Tom is currently married to Linda Shorrock and living in South Florida where they both enjoy weekends on the beach relaxing or attending the wide array of theatre and nightlife offered in the area.

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