Tom Gorman

Tom Gorman

Coventry University


Tom Gorman is an academic and theatre director currently based at Coventry University. Tom studied English Literature and Language at Queen’s University Belfast before going on to complete a PhD in Theatre at the University of Ulster researching the history of non-naturalistic dramaturgy especially the concept of the ‘play within a play’. In 1990, after working for some time as a freelance actor, Tom co-founded Sightlines Theatre Company, Belfast, working with them as Artistic Director for six years. During this period he also worked as a freelance actor, writer and director with numerous theatre companies throughout Northern Ireland and as a writer/performer for BBC Radio Ulster. From 1997 onwards he worked as Strand Leader in Drama at the University Of Birmingham, moving on to become Course Director of the  BA Drama Studies degree at Bath Spa University. From 2007 onwards he has been working as Senior Lecturer on the BA Theatre and Professional Practice Degree at Coventry University.

Selected Outputs

  • Brecht, B. (2014) Critical Decor: What Works (The Messingkauf Dialogues). [Actor and Dramaturg] Performed Jan-Mar 2014 at the Lanchester Gallery, Coventry. Commissioned by Jeffrey Charles Peacock for the CRITICAL DÉCOR: WHAT WORKS! Exhibition
  • Gorman, T. (2014) ‘Stations’. In Stages To Performance: In The Rehearsal Room. Ed. by Paterson, R. Global Book Sales
  • Marowitz, C., and Burns, A. (2007) Palach. [Director] Full Tilt Theatre, Bath
  • Frisch, M. (2004) The Fire Raisers. [Director] Arts Council of Northern Ireland
  • Gray, A. (1999) How I Got That Story. [Director] Seasonal Productions Edinburgh Fringe
  • Belfast Theatre Company (1997) The Feast. [Director] Belfast International Festival
  • Gorman, T. (1996) Radio Comfy. [Co-Writer/Performer] BBC radio Ulster
  • Sightlines Theatre Company (1996) Larry The Lamb. [Producer] Based on Kafka’s ‘The Hunger Artist’. Performed at The Lyric Theatre, Belfast, Belfast International Festival
  • British Council Films (1996) Cider Punks. [Voice-Over Artist] Animation
  • Bogosian, E. (1995) American Dream. [Actor] Sightlines Theatre Company
  • Gorman, T. (1994) Dogman. [Writer/Performer] Based on Bulgakov’s ‘The Heart of a Dog’. Sightlines Theatre Company. Irish Tour and Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  • McKay, J. (1994) Dead Dad Dog. [Actor] Sightlines Theatre Company. Belfast
  • Sightlines Theatre Company (1994) Dead and Never Called Me Mother. [Director] Belfast
  • Gray, A. (1994) How I Got That Story. [Director] Sightlines Theatre Company. Irish Tour and Old Museum Arts Centre, Belfast
  • Shakespeare, W. (1992) Twelfth Night. [Director/Performer] Sightlines Theatre Company. Old Museum Arts Centre, Belfast
  • Mamet, D., Sartre, J-P., et al. (1992) Three Plays About Death. [Director] Sightlines Theatre Company. Group Theatre Belfast, Project Arts Centre, Dublin and Playhouse Theatre, Londonderry
  • Cartwright, J. (1991) Road. [Actor] Sightlines Theatre Company. Community tour and Old Museum Arts Centre, Belfast
  • Tinderbox Theatre Company (1990) Festival of New Irish Writing. [Performer] Belfast International Festival at Queens
  • Leonard, H. (1990) Stephen D. [Director/Actor] Sightlines Theatre Company. Queen’s University Drama Studio
  • Kilroy, T. (1990) Talbot’s Box. [Actor] Sightlines Theatre Company. Belfast International Festival