Tom Wright (Australian actor)

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Tom Wright
Born Thomas Michael Wright
(1983-06-22) 22 June 1983 (age 31)
Melbourne, Australia
Other names Thomas M. Wright
Occupation Actor, producer, writer, director, theatre designer
Years active 1998-present

Thomas Michael "Tom" Wright[1] (born 22 June 1983) is an award-winning Australian producer, actor, writer, director, and theatre designer. He is the co-founder and director of The Black Lung Theatre and Whaling Firm.[2]

Early life[edit]

Wright was born in Melbourne, the eldest of three children.


Wright featured as John Mitcham in Jane Campion's series Top of the Lake (2013), for which he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 2013 US Critics Choice Awards. He appears as Steven Linder in the U.S. adaptation of Danish series The Bridge. He recently completed the Universal / Working Title feature Everest, a film based on the 1996 tragedy. He played murdered journalist Brian Peters in Balibo (2009) and Thomas Bodenham in Van Diemen's Land (2009).

He has a strong theatre background, and has directed and designed productions for Adelaide Festival, Belvoir St. Theatre, Malthouse Theatre, Queensland Theatre Co. and Brisbane Festival, among others. He has played lead roles for the Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne Theatre Company, and the Sydney Theatre Company production of Baal, directed by Simon Stone.

Wright created The Black Lung Theatre and Whaling Firm in 2006 at the age of twenty two, with fellow writer and director Thomas Henning. The company has garnered nominations, awards and critical acclaim since its inception and has been hailed as one of the most influential independent companies of the past decade.[3]

Wright was the writer, designer, and director of the theatrical production Doku Rai, created over four and a half years, with a three month rehearsal process on the remote island of Atauro, East Timor. The film sequences in the production were co-directed with Amiel Courtin-Wilson. Doku Rai played to public and critical acclaim at Darwin Festival, Melbourne Arts House, Adelaide Festival, Brisbane Festival, and Sydney Carriageworks, and has been named one of the best productions of 2013 by Time Out and The Monthly Magazine, as well as being nominated for best production of the year at the 2013 Green Room Awards.

Wright is currently developing a production with The Encircling Sea.[4]



Year Title Role
2007 The King Alfie
2009 Van Diemen's Land Thomas Bodenham
2009 Balibo Brian Peters
2010 Torn Tim Strauss
2015 Everest Michael Groom


Year Title Role
2013 Top of the Lake Johnno Mitcham
2013- The Bridge Steven Linder


Year Title Role Notes
2004 51 Ashworth St. The Boy Co-writer, co-director, designer
2005 Hamlet Laertes Beggars Theatre
2007 The Glass Soldier Jonas Fink Melbourne Theatre Company
2007 Pimms Dying Man Writer, co-director
The Black Lung Theatre
2008 Love Song Beane Melbourne Theatre Company
2008 Avast I The Older Brother Malthouse Theatre
2008 Avast II Jack Lemmon Co-director, designer
Malthouse Theatre
2009 Glasson God The Black Lung Theatre
2010 Furious Mattress The Exorcist Malthouse Theatre
2011 Baal Baal Sydney Theatre Company
2011 And They Called Him Mr. Glamour Director, designer
Belvoir St. Theatre
2011 I Feel Awful Writer, director, designer
Brisbane Festival
2013 Doku Rai Co-writer, director, designer
The Black Lung Theatre


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