Tom Wright (Australian actor)

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Tom Wright
Born Thomas Michael Wright
(1983-06-22) 22 June 1983 (age 31)
Melbourne, Australia
Years active 1998-present

Tom Wright (born 22 June 1983), also known as Thomas M. Wright,[1] is an award winning designer, producer, actor, writer and director. He is the co-Founder and Director of The Black Lung Theatre and Whaling Firm.


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

He 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 is currently filming the US adaptation of Danish series The Bridge, about the US / Mexican border cities of El Paso and Juarez. He recently completed filming the feature Everest, a film based on the 1996 'Into Thin Air' tragedy for Universal Studios and Working Title Films, opposite John Hawkes, Jason Clarke and Josh Brolin.

He featured as murdered journalist Brian Peters, one of the 'Balibo five' in Robert Connolly's Balibo (2009) and as Thomas Bodenham in the film Van Diemen's Land (film) (2009).

Wright is considered a theatre veteran and has directed and designed productions for Adelaide Festival, Malthouse Theatre, Belvoir St. Theatre, Queensland Theatre Co. and Brisbane Festival, and others - and has played lead roles for The Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne Theatre Company and in 2011 the Sydney Theatre Company production of Baal, directed by Simon Stone.

He founded The Black Lung Theatre and Whaling Firm in 2006 - an award winning independent company.

He was the writer, designer and director of Doku Rai - a co-production with East Timorese companies Liurai Foer (King Bin) and Galaxie. The production was created over three months on the remote island of Atauro off mainland East Timor. Doku Rai has been presented at numerous major international arts festivals. The film sequences in Doku Rai were co-directed with award-winning filmmaker Amiel Courtin-Wilson. Doku Rai played to resounding public and critical acclaim at Darwin Festival, Melbourne Arts House, Adelaide Festival, Brisbane Festival and Sydney Carriageworks. Doku Rai has been named one of the best productions of 2012 and 2013 by Time Out and The Monthly Magazine, and nominated for Best Production of the year at the 2013 Green Room Awards.

He is developing a production with The Encircling Sea.



Year Title Role "Director"
2015 Everest Michael Groom Baltasar Kormakur
2010 Torn Tim Strauss Eric Manchester
2009 Van Diemen's Land Thomas Bodenham Jonathan Auf Der Heide
2009 Balibo Brian Peters Robert Connolly
2007 The King Alfie Matthew Saville

2009|| " the Zequel" || Orion


Year Title Role Director Company
2013 Top of the Lake Johnno Mitcham Jane Campion / Garth Davis See Saw Films / BBC / Sundance Channel
2013 The Bridge Steven Linder Gerardo Naranjo FX

The Black Lung Theatre and Whaling Firm[edit]

Year Title Role
2006 to 2013 The Black Lung Theatre and Whaling Firm Co Director, Co Founder, Producer


Year Title Role Director Company
2013 Doku Rai Director, Co Writer, Designer - The Black Lung Theatre and Whaling Firm
2011 Baal Baal Simon Stone Sydney Theatre Company
2011 And They Called Him Mr. Glamour Director, Designer - Belvoir St. Theatre, The Black Lung Theatre
2011 I Feel Awful Director, Designer, Writer - Brisbane Festival, QTC, The Black Lung Theatre
2010 Furious Mattress The Exorcist Tim Maddock Malthouse Theatre
2009 Glasson God Thomas Henning The Black Lung Theatre
2008 Love Song Beane Craig Illot Melbourne Theatre Company
2008 Avast I The Older Brother Thomas Henning Malthouse Theatre, The Black Lung Theatre
2008 Avast II Jack Lemmon / Codirector, Designer - Malthouse Theatre, The Black Lung Theatre
2007 The Glass Soldier Jonas Fink Simon Phillips Melbourne Theatre Company
2007 Pimms Dying Man / Co Director, Writer - The Black Lung Theatre
2005 Hamlet Laertes Oscar Redding Beggars Theatre
2004 51 Ashworth St The Boy / Co Director, Co Writer, Designer - 51 Ashworth St


  1. ^ "Thomas M. Wright"., Inc. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 

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