Office: Robinson 379
Office: Robinson 379
Before joining UNC Charlotte, Tom Burch taught at Ithaca College (NY) and several years in the Theatre and Performance Studies Program at the University of Chicago, as well as working as a freelance scenic designer based there.
Chicago area design credits include: TALKING PICTURES, GAS FOR LESS, the Horton Foote Festival and THE HAIRY APE (Goodman); SPUNK and COMEDY OF ERRORS (Court Theatre); TEN CHIMNEYS, SOUVENIR, A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS, RED HERRING and others (Northlight); WOYZECK, FRANKENSTEIN, NO EXIT, PIRATES OF PENZANCE, SOPHOCLES: SEVEN SICKNESSES and others (The Hypocrites) as well as shows at Chicago Shakespeare, Museum of Contemporary Art-Chicago, Light Opera Works, House, Lifeline, and Strawdog Theatres, Chicago Dramatists and many other “storefront” companies. My work in Chicago received 4 Jeff Award nominations (1 win), 3 After Dark Awards, and the Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award.
In NYC, he designed the off-Broadway run of Craig Wright’s MISTAKES WERE MADE starring Michael Shannon (Barrow Street Theatre), which originated at Chicago’s A Red Orchid Theatre. Regional credits include NIXON’S NIXON, SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, TOM JONES and OH GASTRONOMY! (Actors Theatre of Louisville); THE LADY WITH ALL THE ANSWERS (Arizona Theatre Co, Cleveland Playhouse), the American premier of Jukka Linkola’s opera, ROCKLAND (Pine Mountain Music Festival), as well as shows at American Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Peninsula Players, Stage One, Childsplay (AZ), Alpine Theatre Project, and many others.
He has taught as an adjunct at Georgetown College (KY), DePaul University Theatre School, North Park University, and Northwestern University (assistantship), from which he received an MFA in Stage Design. Professor Burch also holds a BFA in Stage Design from University of Kentucky, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Drama (History) from the University of Bristol, England (received while on a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship).
A proud member of USA Local 829, the union for professional stage designers, he is also active with the United States Institute of Theatre Technology, serving as the Mentor/Curator for the American Student Design Exhibit that travelled to the 2011 Prague Quadrennial in the Czech Republic (which presented the work of over 230 American student designers at the international festival), and he is reprising that role for the 2015 Quadrennial.
Current and upcoming professional projects include ALL OUR TRAGIC, a 12-hour performance of all extant Greek tragedies by Chicago company, The Hypocrites, and JACKIE AND ME for Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. You can see his work online at www.tomburch.com.