Tom Delbello (they/he) is a professional theater educator, director, and producer specializing in new work and re-imagined classics. Born and raised in Canada, Tom traded in their mittens for boots and is now the Co-Head of Musical Theatre at Texas State University. They earned their Master of Fine Arts in Directing from Texas State, and teach various courses in Acting, Musical Theatre, Directing, and Fine Arts.
As a multidisciplinary theatre artist, he encourages students to use theatre as a tool to question and reveal the complex emotions surrounding identity, generational gaps, race, and class. Additionally, Tom is a proud Co-Founder of Lavender Public; a queer, inclusive, and intergenerational production company, which explores the ideas of social change, representation, community engagement and collaboration. Central to this mission is to provide more equitable, just, and safe work spaces for those who have been overlooked and underrepresented, including BIPOC, TGNC, and disabled artists.
Tom has served as Associate Director at acclaimed regional theaters including Theatre Under the Stars and The Zach Theatre. Recent directing credits include Cabaret and the world premiere of the original musical Dylan Spencer’s Cat Obedience School, for which they received an Austin Critics Table Award Nomination for Best Director and the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s Musical Theatre Award. Select acting credits include the world premiere and Toronto companies of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Boys in the Photograph and the North American Tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat.