Thom Cox (born Thomas J. Cox) has been with Lookingglass Theatre Company for more than twenty-five years, and, along with David Schwimmer and six other artists, co-founded the theatre company in 1988 while still a student at Northwestern University.
Cox has worked on more than thirty productions, including West, The Jungle, The Odyssey, Arabian Nights, The Master and Margarita, They All Fall Down, Summertime, Great Men of Science, as Algren (Joseph Jefferson Awards nomination) in Nelson Algren: For Keeps and a Single Day, (which went on to be adapted for television in an Emmy-nominated co-production with WTTW), as Winston in 1984, as Quilp in The Old Curiosity Shop (Joseph Jefferson nomination), as Hook in peter pan: a play,Our Town, Black Diamond, Lookingglass Alice, and most recently "Big Lake, Big City". He currently serves Lookingglass' Education and Community Program as Master Teacher. In other regional theatre, Cox has appeared at the Illinois Theatre Center, Victory Gardens, Northlight Theatre Company, The Court Theatre (Chicago), Steppenwolf Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, and Goodman Theatres. He has directed for Eclipse Theatre Company, Piven Theatre Workshop, and his own Joseph Jefferson-nominated adaptation of The Scarlet Letter for Lookingglass. During the summers, he and his wife, the stage manager Chris Freeburg, work at the Weston Playhouse Theatre in Vermont, where he has appeared in productions ranging from Chicago, Oklahoma!, and Urinetown, to Tartuffe, and Blithe Spirit.
Additionally, for the Playhouse, Cox served as co-director of their Young Company, in which capacity he directed two musical productions. He has also taught at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Chicago as an adjunct faculty member. Cox's film and television acting credits include: Since You've Been Gone (Miramax), Chi-Girl, and Brotherhood (Showtime).
He and his wife live in Chicago, in the West Ridge neighborhood, with their daughter, Joan Marie, and two cats.