Thomas Delventhal - Professor
University of Pittsburgh,1997, MFA
Carnegie Mellon University, BFA
Thom has directed over 30 productions for CCSU Theatre, including The Importance of Being Earnest, The Crucible, The Comedy of Errors, Replika, The House of Blue Leaves, The Seagull, Tony Kushner's The Illusion and A Servant of Two Masters. The production of David Lindsay Abaire's Fuddy Meers he directed for CCSU was invited to perform at the Region 1 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Students that he has coached or mentored in competition at that festival have been national winners in Directing, finalists in Acting and winners of the Classical Acting Award, the Comedy Award and Best Partner Award. Thom's been nominated five times for CCSU’s Excellence In Teaching Award and was a semi-finalist for the award in 2001 and 2015. Before moving to Connecticut he taught at Carnegie Mellon in The Schools of Music and Drama for 10 years.
Thom is an actor and a member of Actors’ Equity Association. In 1997 his portrayal of Marc Antony in Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra for Pittsburgh’s Quantum Theatre earned him a “Best Performance” mention in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's "Best of '97" year-end theatre review. His play academia Nut! was named the Best New Voice in '95 by the same paper. He performed many roles at The Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival, The City Theatre and The Pittsburgh Public Theatre including Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Banquo in Macbeth, and both the twins Dromio in The Comedy of Errors. In 2008 Thom directed The Tempest here and played Prospero.
Thom acted in, directed scenes and coached dialects for Mystic Voices, a documentary on The Pequot Wars, which aired on CPTV. He co-wrote and performed in The Nearly Famous Death Lazzo of Edmund with Peter Berube (then a student at CCSU) and created a completely new adaptation of Aristophanes' Birds through improv.
As a Fight Director Thom has worked at Carnegie Mellon, The City Theatre, The Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival, The Pittsburgh and Boston Ballet companies, The Metropolitan Opera, The Juilliard School, The Hartford Stage Company and others. Most recently he was the Fight Director for Juilliard's Le Nozze di Figaro, called the best Figaro ever.
He is married to and in love with Tracy Ginder-Delventhal and the blissful father of four: Zachariah (a CCSU BFA graduate), Elijah, Willem and Anya.