Faculty Profile for Tom Delbello

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Tom Delbello
Asst Professor of Practice — Department of Theatre & Dance
THEA 101
phone: (512) 245-2147

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Tom is a Co-head of Musical Theatre: Head of Production and New Works. They hold a Masters in Directing from Texas State University. At TXST, Tom has directed Spring Awakening, Guys & Dolls, Cabaret, Hair, Speech and Debate, the New Musical workshop of Dylan Spencer’s Cat Obedience School, and many other new works. In Texas he has worked as an associate director at regional theatres such as The Zach Theatre in Austin, and Theatre Under the Stars in Houston. Select acting credits include, the world premier 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. He has performed at regional theatres across North America and cruised the high seas as a lead vocalist with both Disney Cruise Lines and Princess Cruises.

Teaching Interests

As a multidisciplinary theatre-educator, he encourages students to use theatre as a tool to question and reveal the complex emotions surrounding identity, generational gaps, race, and class.

Research Interests

Pete & James - Development of a new musical. Selected as Semifinalist National Musical theatre Conference for 2023 - Moving to Finals April 2023. Director and Co-Producer - Selected and hosted by Theatre 4the People to complete a 10 day workshop at “The Barn” Summer 2022. Selected to have a second workshop at TXST.

Co-Founder of Lavender Public Production Company - Researching and exploring Intergenerational works by Queer artists in several mediums.

Icons - Co-creator and writer. Television pilot based on the way Queer Icons have and continue to impact the lives of Queer people in the USA. Co-wrote an episode based on the music of Brandi Carlile. In the pitch phase currently.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Producer, Coach, Director, Queer to Tell Austin - Holiday Edition: Holiday Meetings and Gay Happy Greetings. October 2023 - December 2023.
  • RENT. September 2023 - November 2023.
    Performances:
    • Harrison Theatre, San Marcos.
  • Producer, Director, Queer to Tell Austin - Tales of Pride. June 2023 - August 2023.
  • Producer, Queer to Tell: A Story Telling Series. May 2023 - June 2023.
  • Director, Pippin. January 2023 - April 2023.
    Performances:
    • Harrison Theatre, San Marcos.

Selected Service Activities

Member
Serving on the search committee for Music Director position
August 2023-March 2024
CoHead of Musical Theatre Department
Musical Theatre BFA
January 2023-December 2023
Participant
On Campus and Virtual Recruiting Events
January 2023-December 2023
Adjudicator
-NESA (High School, San Antonio)
November 2023-November 2023
Adjudicator
Musical Theatre College Auditions (MTCA) NYC
August 2023-August 2023