Thomas Bailey is a multi-faceted theatre artist and educator and
is well-known in both the theatre and educational theatre communities.
Mr. Bailey has
produced many successful shows, including Los Angeles, west coast
and American premieres. Recent productions include Kitty Carlisle Hart
in her one-woman
show, My Life on the Wicked Stage; the west coast premiere of Robert
Fulghum's All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten starring
Robert Mandan, David Naughton and Michael Tucci; The ComedySportz
All-Stars for Gilda's Club, a gala comedy improv benefit starring Jason
Catherine O'Hara, Ed Asner and Dan Castellaneta; Reunion starring
Amy Hill; an enormously successful revival of Equus starring Ian Buchanan
of two Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards); the American premiere
of The Manchurian Candidate with Carrie Snodgress; the west coast
premiere of Gorey Stories directed by Tony Tanner; The Man
Who Came to Dinner directed by Chris Hart, son of playwright
Moss Hart; the world premiere of Dogs, directed by world-renowned playwright
Maria Irene Fornes and many more.
Mr. Bailey is currently Artistic Director and Producer of ComedySportz, one of Los Angele leading improvisational theatre companies, and the longest running show in Los Angeles. Through ComedySportz, he created a program for teens called The High School League®, where students play improv as varsity sport in more than forty high schools and earn varsity letters. Mr. Bailey also produced the Ticket Takers, a comedy trio performing movie related sketches and improv at Universal Studios CityWalk. He also recently developed a children's program (preschool) using improvisation for the Disney Channel.
He also produced and performed with The Impromptones, a four man group which improvised musical comedy in harmony. Critically acclaimed, the Impromptones headlined comedy festivals across the country and played at Cinegrill, Hollywood's legendary cabaret, where they ran for an unprecedented 20 weeks in 1998. Their compact disc, Steamy Monday, was heard nationally on the Dr. Demento Show and is currently available on Amazon.com.
For eight years, he was Managing Director of West Coast Ensemble, a 250 member company comprised of actors, writers, directors and technicians. During his tenure, the company experienced tremendous growth and he oversaw production of more than fifty shows. Mr. Bailey was also one of the founders of The Actors' Company and produced its first production, Just Fine at the Gypsy Playhouse. In addition, he has worked as assistant producer for The Star Theatre of Flint, MI and the Theatre of the Stars in Warren, OH where he oversaw production of sixteen star-studded musicals.
Mr. Bailey and his company, ComedySportz, are always in demand for corporate training and consulting. He has served as creative consultant for DreamWorks Universal Studios CityWalk, Coca-Cola, Walt Disney Feature Animation and many more. Mr. Bailey has also been active as a teacher and trainer in both public and private frequent guest teacher, coach and lecturer at theatres, festivals and universities around the country. schools, as well as professional actor training for several theatres. His work has included not only theatrical training, but video as well.
As an actor, he has appeared in more than forty productions across the country. Favorite roles include: Mozart in Amadeus, Puck in the world premiere musical Dreamers and John Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest. Mr. Bailey recently appeared on The Drew Carey Show and Tuesdays with Morrie, a film starring Jack Lemmon, based on the best selling novel. He was also a regular on the nationally syndicated television show Quick Witz and can be seen in several national commercials.
Mr. Bailey has an honors degree in Theatre with a minor in Arts Management from Marquette University where he was awarded the Liberace Scholarship for Creative and Performing Arts and was named Outstanding Senior. His graduate studies were in the professional actor's training program at California Institute of the Arts, with additional studies in education at California State University-Northridge and vocal and piano studies at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, where he was also a scholarship student.
His productions have won many awards, including top honors from: the Los Angeles Drama Critics' Circle, the Los Angeles Weekly, Drama-Logue, The Robbie Awards, the Hollywood Radio and Television Society, Kodak-KLCS Video in the Classroom Awards, the American Film Institute, SONY and the California Education Association. Mr. Bailey proudly serves on the boards of the Los Angeles Theatre League Alliance/Theatre LA (where he is the sole educational theatre rep for the Los Angeles theatre community), California Educational Theatre Association (CETA), Comedy League of America, the Legislative Action Coalition for Arts Education (LACAE), West Coast Ensemble Theatre and the Interactive Theatre Network (ITN). He is also a member of the Blue Ribbon
Committee for Arts Education for the Los Angeles Unified School District.