Tom Parker, Actor

Tom Parker, Actor

Member: Actors' Equity Association

Member: Austin Playhouse Acting Company

Headshot and résumé available upon request

Biography

Tom Parker has appeared in over ninety productions during his thirty-eight years in Austin theater. He is a founding member of the Austin Playhouse Acting Company and has served on the Austin Playhouse Board of Directors. He originated the role of Harry S. Truman in the world premiere production of Larry L. King's play, The Dead Presidents' Club. Tom was a principal actor with the State Theatre Acting Company (formerly Live Oak Theatre Acting Company) appearing in thirty productions from 1989 until 2000.

He has performed locally with Austin Playhouse, Broadway Texas, Austin Musical Theatre, Live Oak Theatre, State Theatre, Actors' Repertory of Texas, the Paramount Theatre, Austin Melodrama Theatre, Zachary Scott Theatre Center, Capitol City Playhouse, the Ritz Theatre, Austin 5th Street Theatre, Remembrance Through the Performing Arts and and has appeared as a Guest Artist at St. Edward's University, the University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University, Austin Theatre for Youth and the University of West Florida.

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Accolades & Awards

Tom received the 2003 Austin Circle of Theaters, B. Iden Payne Award in the category of Leading Actor in a Drama in the role of Ernst Gruber in the Remembrance Through the Performing Arts production of The Flame Keeper. Previous B. Iden Payne Awards include: 1989 Lead Actor/Comedy for I'm Not Rappaport (Nat Moyer) and 1990 Lead Actor/Drama for The Immigrant (Haskell Harelik).

Tom was the recipient of the first annual John Bustin "Beyond Category" Award at the 1998 Austin Critics Table Awards. This award was established in the name of the late John Bustin, long-time Austin drama critic, to recognize outstanding contributions to Austin theater.

Austin Critic's Table (2012)

Nomination: Supporting Actor   

A Room With a View (Mr. Emerson)

Austin Circle of Theatres (1986) 

Nomination: Lead Actor/Drama   

The Dresser (Norman)

Austin Circle of Theatres (1987) 

Nomination: Lead Actor/Drama   

A Christmas Carol  (Scrooge)

Austin Circle of Theatres (1988) 

Nomination: Supporting Actor/Musical 

Gypsy (Herbie)

Austin Circle of Theatres (1989)

Award: Lead Actor/Comedy

I'm Not Rappaport (Nat Moyer)

Austin Circle of Theatres (1990)

Award: Lead Actor/Drama

The Immigrant (Haskell Harelik)

Austin Circle of Theatres (1991)

Nomination: Suporting Actor/Comedy

Driving Miss Daisy (Boolie Werthan)

Austin Circle of Theatres (1992)

Nomination: Lead Actor/Comedy

House of Blue Leaves (Artie Shaughnessy)

Austin Circle of Theatres (1992)

Nomination: Lead Actor/Comedy

Prelude to a Kiss (the Old Man)

Austin Circle of Theatres (1992)

Nomination: Supporting Actor/Comedy

Midsummer Night's Dream (Bottom)

Austin Circle of Theatres (1993)

Nomination: Supporting Actor/Comedy

Dancing At Lughnasa (Father Jack)

Austin Critic's Table (1993)

Nomination: Featured Actor

Dancing At Lugnhasa (Father Jack)

Austin Circle of Theatres (1995)

Nomination: Featured Actor/Musical

Cabaret (Herr Schultz)

Austin Critic's Table (1997)

Nomination: Lead Actor/Comedy

I'm Not Rappaport (Nat Moyer)

Austin Critic's Table (1997)

John Bustin "Beyond Category Award"

1st Annual Award


Austin Circle of Theatres (1997)

Nomination: Lead Actor/Comedy

I'm Not Rappaport (Nat Moyer)

Austin Circle of Theatres (1997)

Nomination: Supporting Actor/Musical

Annie (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

Austin Critic's Table (1999)

Nomination: Supporting Actor/Musical

My Fair Lady (Alfred P. Doolittle)

Austin Circle of Theatres (2003)

Award: Lead Actor/Drama

The Flame Keeper (Ernst Gruber)

Austin Circle of Theatres (2003)

Nomination: Supporting Actor/Comedy

The Dead Presidents' Club (Harry Truman)

 

Austin Critic's Table (2006) Nomination: Actor/Musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Chairman)
     
     

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Photo Gallery

The Explorers Club
Austin Playhouse - 2016


as Professor Sloan with Ben Wolfe as Luigi
Photo Credit: Austin Playhouse

Guys and Dolls
Austin Playhoiuse - 2017


As Arvide Abernathy with
Sarah Fleming Walker as Sarah Brown.
Photo Credit: Jess Hughes, Austin Playhouse

Noises Off
Austin Playhouse - 2013


as Selsdon Mowbray with
Jessica Hughes as Poppy

Photo Credit: Austin Playhouse

 

I'm Not Rappaport
Austin Playhouse -2015


as Nat Moyer
with Billy Harden as Midge

Photo Credit: Austin Playhouse

 

Proof
Austin Playhouse - 2011

Tom as Robert in Proof

as Robert with Molly Karrasch as Catherine
Photo Credit: Christopher Loveless

 

 

A Room With a View
Austin Playhouse -2012


Tom as Mr. Emerson


as Mr. Emerson
Photo Credit: Gray G. Haddock

 

 

A Christmas Carol
Austin Playhouse - 2002



Tom as Ebenezer Scrooge


as Ebenezer Scrooge
Photo Credit: Dirk van Allen

 

 

The Dead President's Club
Austin Playhouse - 2003-2004

Tom as Harry S. Truman

as Harry S. Truman
Photo Credit: Hans Venable

 

 

The Fantasticks
Austin Playhouse - 2009

Bellomy\

as Bellomy
Photo Credit: Huck Huckaby

 

Picasso at the Lapin Agile
Austin Playhouse - 2010


Gaston

as Gaston
Photo Credit: Huck Huckaby

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Austin Playhouse - 2008

as Senex
Photo Credit: Dirk van Allen

 

Amadeus
Austin Playhouse - 2008

as Count Von Strack
Photo Credit: Dirk van Allen


The Underpants
Austin Playhouse - 2004


Tom as Herr Klinglehoff

as Herr Klinglehoff
Photo Credit: Dirk van Allen


 

The Three Penny Opera
Austin Playhouse - 2007

Tom as J.J. Peachum


as J. J. Peachum
Photo Credit: Dirk van Allen


 

I'm Not Rappaport
State Theatre Company - 1998

Tom as Nat Moyer


as Nat Moyer
Photo Credit: Austin Chronicle

 

I'm Not Rappaport
State Theatre Company - 1998

Tom and Midge as Nat Moyer and Billy Harden


as Nat Moyer with
Billy Harden as Midge Carter

Photo Credit: Austin Chronicle

Translations
Live Oak Theatre Acting Company - 1990

Tom as Jimmie Jack Cassie


as Jimmy Jack Cassie
Photo Credit: Katie Kolodzey

The Immigrant
Live Oak Theatre Acting Company - 1990


Tom as Haskell Harelik

as Haskell Harelik
Photo Credit: Katie Kolodzey

 

My Fair Lady
State Theatre Company - 1999

Tom as Alfred P. Doolittle


"With a Little Bit of Luck"
as Alfred P. Doolittle
Photo Credit: Buffy Manners, Costume Designer

 

 

My Fair Lady
State Theatre Company - 1999

Tom as Alfred P. Doolittle


"Get Me to the Church on Time"
as Alfred P. Doolittle

Photo Credit: Buffy Manners, Costume Designer

 

How I Learned to Drive
State Theatre Company - 2000

Tom as Uncle Peck and Katherine Catmull as Lil Bit


The Flame Keeper
Remembrance Through the Performing Arts - 2002

Michael Costello as Dr. Reiter and Tom as Ernst gruber

Michael Costello as Dr. Reiter with
Tom as Ernst Gruber
Photo Credit: Rosalyn Rosen

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Production List

Guys and Dolls
Arvide Abernathy
Austin Playhouse
2017
The Explorers Club
Professor Sloan
Austin Playhouse
2016
I'm Not Rappaport
Nat Moyer
Austin Playhouse
2015
A Christmas Carol
Ebenezer Scrooge
UWF Guest Artist
2014
The Dead Presidents' Club
Harry S. Truman
Austin Playhouse
2014
Noises Off
Selsdon Mowbray
Austin Playhouse
2013
A Room With a View
Mr. Emerson
Austin Playhouse
2012
Proof
Robert
Austin Playhouse
2011
The Trip to Bountiful
Agent/Roy
Austin Playhouse
2010
Picasso at the Lapin Agile
Gaston
Austin Playhouse
2010
The Fantasticks
Bellomy
Austin Playhouse
2009
A Flea in Her Ear
Baptistin & Herr Schwarz
Austin Playhouse
2009
The Dead Presidents' Club
Harry S. Truman
Guest Artist, Tx State Univ.
2008
Amadeus
Count Von Strack
Austin Playhouse
2008
A Funny Thing Happened...Forum
Senex
Austin Playhouse
2008
Blithe Spirit
Dr. Bradman
Austin Playhouse
2008

Inherit the Wind

Reverend Brown

Austin Playhouse

2007

The Dead President's Club

Harry S. Truman

Austin Playhouse

2007

The Threepenny Opera

Mr. Peachum

Austin Playhouse

2007

The Dead President's Club

Harry S. Truman

Austin Playhouse

2006

The Odd Couple

Speed

Austin Playhouse

2006

The Dead President's Club

Harry S. Truman

Austin Playhouse

2005

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Chairman/Mayor Sapsea

Austin Playhouse

2005

Rumors

Ernie Cusak

Austin Playhouse

2005

A Christmas Carol

Ebenezer Scrooge

Austin Playhouse

2004

The Dead President's Club

Harry S. Truman

Austin Playhouse

2004

The Underpants

Herr Klinglehoff

Austin Playhouse

2004

The Wizard of Oz

Uncle Henry

Broadway Texas

2003

The Dead President's Club (2X)

Harry S. Truman

Austin Playhouse

2003

Damn Yankees

Mr. Applegate

Austin Playhouse

2003

A Christmas Carol

Ebenezer Scrooge

Austin Playhouse

2002

The Flame Keeper

Ernst Gruber

Remembrance Thru
Performing Arts

2002

The Sound of Music

Herr Zeller / Max (understudy)

Austin Musical Theatre

2001

The Fantasticks

Bellomy

Austin Playhouse

2001

Light Up the Sky

Owen Turner

Austin Playhouse

2001

A Funny Thing Happened...Forum

Senex

Guest Artist,
St. Edward's University

2000

How I Learned to Drive

Uncle Peck

State Theater Company

2000

Dark of the Moon

Preacher Haggler

State Theater Company

2000

A Christmas Carol

1st Gentleman/Fezziwig/Joe

State Theater Company

1999

Spring Storm

Rev Hooker / Mr. Critchfield

Actors Repertory of Texas

1999

The Taming of the Shrew

Gremio / the Pedant

State Theater Company

1999

My Fair Lady

Alfred P. Doolittle

State Theater Company

1999

The Diary of Anne Frank

Otto Frank

Guest Artist,
Austin Theatre for Youth

1999

Misalliance

Lord Summerhays

Guest Artist,
UT Dept. Theatre & Dance

1998

The Fantasticks

Bellomy

Guest Artist, UT Summer Opera

1998

Annie

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Austin Musical Theatre

1998

I'm Not Rappaport

Nat Moyer

Live Oak Theatre

1998

A Delicate Balance

Harry

Live Oak Theatre

1997

You Can't Take It With You

Martin Vanderhof

Live Oak Theatre

1997

A Christmas Carol

1st Gentleman/Fezziwig/Joe

Live Oak Theatre

1996

Twelfth Night

Malvolio

Guest Artist,
St. Edward's Unversity

1996

The Dead Presidents' Club

Harry S. Truman

Live Oak Theatre

1996

The Importance of Being Earnest

Rev. Canon Chausable

Live Oak Theatre

1996

A Christmas Carol

1st Gentleman/Fezziwig/Joe

Live Oak Theatre

1995

Cabaret

Herr Schultz

Live Oak Theatre

1995

Blinded By The Lights

Dan Looney

Live Oak Theatre

1995

Lost In Yonkers

Eddie Kurnitz

Live Oak Theatre

1995

An Asian Jockey In Our Midst

Grady/Itchitaro

Live Oak Theatre

1994

The Immigrant

Haskell Harelik

Live Oak Theatre

1994

Calvin's Garden

George (the Sheriff)

Live Oak Theatre

1993

Broadway Bound

Ben

Guest Artist,
St. Edward's University

1993

Da

Mr. Drumm

Guest Artist,
St. Edward's University

1993

Dancing at Lughnasa

Father Jack

Live Oak Theatre

1993

The Crucible

Reverend Samuel Parris

Live Oak Theatre

1992

A Fiddler on the Roof

The Rabbi

Live Oak Theatre

1992

Bosque County, Texas

Walter & Preacher

Live Oak Theatre

1992

Prelude to a Kiss

The Old Man

Live Oak Theatre

1992

The House of Blue Leaves

Artie Shaughnessy

Live Oak Theatre

1992

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Nick Bottom

Live Oak Theatre

1991

Translations

Jimmy Jack Cassie

Live Oak Theatre

1990

Driving Miss Daisy

Boolie Werthan

Live Oak Theatre

1990

The Immigrant

Haskell Harelik

Live Oak Theatre

1990

Irma la Douce

The Inspector

Live Oak Theatre

1989

I'm Not Rappaport

Nat Moyer

Live Oak Theatre

1989

Tent Meeting

Reverend Edward O. Tarbox

Zachary Scott Theatre

1988

Julius Caesar
Cinna the Conspiritor/Lucilius
Three Rivers Shakespeare, Pittsburgh
1988

Gypsy       

Herbie

Capitol City Playhouse

1987

Don't Drink the Water

Walter Hollander

Zachary Scott Theatre

1987

Morning's at Seven

Carl Bolton

Zachary Scott Theatre

1987

Stage Struck

Fred Widdecombe

Zachary Scott Theatre

1987

A Christmas Carol

Ebenezer Scrooge

Zachary Scott Theatre

1986

Terra Nova

Roald Amundsen

Zachary Scott Theatre

1986  

The Dresser

Norman

Zachary Scott Theatre

1986

Season's Greetings

Uncle Harvey

Zachary Scott Theatre

1985

The Dining Room

Man #3

Zachary Scott Theatre

1985

Little Red (the Musical)

Luther

5th Street Theatre

1984

Present Laughter

Morris Dixon

Zachary Scott Theatre

1984

Little Red (the Musical)

Sylvester

Ritz Theatre

1982

The Fantasticks

Bellomy

Santa Rita Room

1981

Prisoner of Second Avenue

Harry

University of Texas

1980

The Fantasticks

Bellomy

U.T. Summer Theatre

1979

Robin Hood

Prince John

Melodrama Theatre

1979

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Upcoming Productions

Tom is currently "between shows." Check the Austin Playhouse website at http://www.austinplayhouse.com for upcoming productions and the latest developments at Austin Playhouse or call Austin Playhouse at 512-476-0084 for information about the 2017-2018 season and please become a subscriber.

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Reviews

"...in the 19 years that Parker has been performing on Austin stages, he has become so adept at transforming himself and has done so in such a broad range of ways that it's no wonder an audience member would be confounded as to his true appearance." - Robert Faires' review of I'm Not Rappaport, Austin Chronicle, 1998

"Tom Parker as Uncle Peck... Dear Old Uncle Peck, however, Sweet & Caring Uncle Peck, though, he has the wool pulled farther over his own eyes than of those of his debauchees." - Wayne Allen Brenner's review of How I Learned to Drive, Austin Chronicle, 2000

"In his script, the playwright... is fortunate here to have the two sides of his debate embodied by actors as skilled as Tom Parker and Michael Costello." - Robert Faires' review of The Flame Keeper, Austin Chronicle, 2002

"Tom Parker sets the pace and tone of the show as the Chairman, crisply serving up reams of florid period prose and firing off acerbic asides with droll authority." - Robert Faires' review of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Austin Chronicle, 2005

"A quick tip of the nightcap to Tom Parker as the squawking arthritic old gentleman employed for the revolving bed and as the German come to Paris without a word of French but with lechery for any woman passing through the hotel lobby. Parker is comic, even if you don't understand a word of German -- and even more funny if you do!" AustinLiveTheatre.com review of A Flea in Her Ear, 2009


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His Best Role EVER!

Tom co-starred in the role of the Groom in his marriage to Lauri Raymond, starring as the bride, on Saturday, March 20, 2004. Ten years in the making, the wedding was performed at the Church of Conscious Harmony in Austin, Texas. Following the ceremony, the happy couple made a guest appearance at a reception at Austin Playhouse in the Penn-Field Complex on Congress Avenue.

The Newlyweds - March 20, 2004 - Austin Playhouse - 2004

Lauri & Tom at Their Wedding

Tom Parker and Lauri Raymond
Photo Credit: Unknown Reception Guest

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