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Tom Ossowski

Published May 17, 2015

Associate Professor
School of Theatre
Curriculum Vitae (CV)



At Florida State University, Tom has directed Cabaret, Full Monty, The Drowsy ChaperoneHow To Succeed in Business Without Really TryingOn The TownHairThe Rocky Horror Show, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. He has music directed Ragtime, Spring AwakeningJesus Christ SuperstarPuntam County 25th Annual Spelling BeeRENTInto The WoodsThe Man of LaMancha, and Urinetown. At the Post Playhouse, he has directed  All Shook Up, A Man of No Importance, Guys & Dolls9 to 5My WayThe Drowsy ChaperoneGreasePump Boys & DinnettesThe Wizard of OzNunsenseAlways… Patsy ClineHello, Dolly!Oklahoma!, and South Pacific.  He has also produced additional shows such as Cinderella, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The Sound of MusicA Year With Frog & ToadGodspellForever Plaid and The Marvelous Wonderettes. In China, Tom directed and musically directed Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods in Mandarin, and is currently working on a new musical, The Family based on a classic Chinese novel to open in November of 2015. Tom has also directed for theatres such as the Centennial Theatre Festival in Connecticut, Seaside Music Theatre in Daytona Beach, FL and the Bigfork Musical Theatre in Montana. His work has also taken him to Zug, Switzerland and to St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Tom is also the former Head of the Music Theatre Department at Illinois Wesleyan University, where he taught acting, directing and musical theatre courses. Some additional directing/music directing credits include Chicago42nd Street, and A New Brain, Lucky StiffThe Fantasticks!Crazy for You, Little Shop of Horrors and Fiddler on the Roof.


M.F.A. Directing, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

Areas of Responsibility

Tom is an Associate Professor for the BFA Music Theatre Program and the Music Director/Conductor for the School of Theatre. Tom is also the Artistic Director for the Post Playhouse, a professional summer stock theatre producing 5 musicals each summer season. In addition, he is on the faculty for The Central Academy of Drama in Beijing, China (中國北京中央戲劇學院) as foreign expert in Music Theatre. Tom is also a member of The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers

Teaching Areas

Production Work, Music Theatre History, Directing, and BA Music Theatre Workshop

Select Scholarly/Creative Works & Awards

  • Into The Woodsby Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. (Director/Music Director).(November 2013). Central Academy of Drama, Beijing, China, 中國北京中央戲劇學院
  • Guys & Dollsby Frank Loesser, Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. (Producer/Director). (June – August 2014). Post Playhouse, Fort Robinson, Nebraska: SDC.
  • 9 to 5by Dolly Parton and Patricia Resnick. (Producer/Director). (June – August 2014). Post Playhouse, Fort Robinson, Nebraska: SDC
  • Spring Awakening by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater. (Music Director and Conductor). (February 2013) Florida State University.
  • How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying by Frank Loesser.(Director, Music Director and Conductor). (October 2012). Starring Kevin Covert. Florida State University.