Teaching Artist/Acting

Tommy Novak (they/them/their) is a non-binary, Chicago-based Equity actor, director, teaching artist and an adjunct professor of music theatre at Carthage College in Kenosha Wisconsin. In addition to being on faculty Tommy holds a Masters in Music and Music Theater Vocal Pedagogy from Carthage. Tommy has worked as an actor and director for both regional and international theater companies. Some companies they have work for are; Utah Shakespeare Festival, Arkansas Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Rep, Marriott Lincolnshire, Skylight Music Theatre, Metropolis, Orlando Rep, Shawnee Summer Theatre, Porchlight Music Theatre Chicago, and First Stage Milwaukee, Milwuakee Chamber Theater, Kwan Kwan Theater Jinan, iMusical Shanghai, and the Nanjing University Conservatory. As an actor Tommy earned a 2016 Jeff Nomination for their performance as Max Bialystok in Night Blue’s production of “The Producers.” They are represented by Paonessa Talent. As a teaching artist Tommy is a member of the Music Theater Educators Alliance and has held several artist residences with several companies throughout United States and China. They have performed and directed in China for two performance tours, including a 2018 cabaret and 2016 performance festival. They are the directing specialist with Kwan Kwan Music Theatre School of the Arts in Jinan, and Uptown Musical theater in Chongqing, China. Tommy Novak has also led educational workshops in Shanghai, Xi’An, Beijing, Nanjing, and Huairou.  A multi-talented theater artist, Tommy Novak has worked on several wardrobe and in several costume crews for First Stage, Milwuakee Rep, Up and Coming, and Utah Shakespeare Festival. Follow Tommy on Instagram for current theatrical endeavors @tommy.j.novak

Classes by Tommy Novak