Thomas began working for the Wagon Wheel Theatre in November of 2005, in which he music directed his first production, A Year with Frog and Toad. Since that time, he has been part of every summer season and six of the December productions over the past ten years. In October of 2013, he became a full time member of the Artistic Team and moved from his home in Chicago to Warsaw. During his time here at the Wagon Wheel, he has music directed 50 main stage productions and all of the Wagon Wheel Junior productions – eleven as of February 2015. In December of 2013, Thomas took on a dual role with the Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts organization by becoming Conductor and Musical Director of The Symphony of the Lakes.
Thomas graduated with honors from The University of Iowa where he studied violin performance and music education. Besides being a member of several regional orchestras in the Midwest, he has also served as Musical Director and Conductor of three national tours including The Wizard of Oz and A Christmas Carol. Between these tours, he has performed and conducted in nearly 75 different cities, 41 states, and 5 Canadian provinces. Other regional credits include Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse, Mac-Haydn Theatre, The Janesville Armory, and Porchlight Theatre of Chicago.
Since education is a big part of Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts’ philosophy, Thomas also runs a musician internship program which allows collegiate musicians who are studying to become professional musicians to receive training and experience. Part of that experience is being a member of our pit orchestra. There is also an opportunity for aspiring music directors to be an assistant during the summer program and get a great deal of hands on experience.
Thomas is also a composer and has written a score for an independent film called House of Cards and an original score for two theatrical productions – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and AVOW. Eventually he hopes to be able to create and produce his own work and projects on the Wagon Wheel stage and elsewhere.