CO-FOUNDER OF THE CONCH
Tom Read Drama at Bristol University receiving a BA with first class honours before going on to train for two years under internationally renown Master teacher Jacques Lecoq at L’Ecole Internationale De Theatre Jacques Lecoq, Paris, France. Before moving to New Zealand his work was included in many national and international festivals including ‘Diskurs Festival’ Geissen Germany, British Festival of Visual theatre, Edinburgh festival and National review of Live Art.
Tom is the writer of many plays including French Kiss (Independent Newspaper Top 10 Plays, Edinburgh Festival), Life on Mars, which premiered at The Riverside Studios, London, Faith (Adam Play Reading Award Winner, RNZ adaptation), MelonCauliflower ( Radio NZ) The Last 27 Days of Childhood (Award Playmarket Plays for the Young) and Significance, (award 2015 Playmarket Adam Play Awards) .
Tom has worked extensively as a Movement Teacher including The Young Vic London, Bristol Old Vic, Rose Bruford Drama school, California State University Fullerton, East.15 and The Shanghai Theatre Academy and was Senior Movement Teacher at Mountview Drama School, London. For 15 years he worked as Head of the Movement Programme at Toi Whakaari, The New Zealand Drama School.
Alongside Nina Nawalowalo he is co-founder of The Conch and has played an active and vital role in all Conch productions, including his significant involvement in the script development of The Conch production The White Guitar.