Tom Hogan is a theatre director with a passion for creating social engaged performance that is varied in scale, style and staging. He particularly enjoys developing new work collaborating with performers, writers, designers and other arts practitioners.
His work has been created for theatre and non-theatre spaces alike. Through the work of Aqueous Humour specialised in performance for public spaces. He has extensive experience working with actors of all experiences from beginner to professional. Through his work with Proud and Loud Arts has developed and in-depth understanding of enabling actors living with disability labels.
Tom likes his work to create an interaction between the audience and the performer which challenges the audience to be more than a passive observer while respecting that they have come to see a performance and not be the show.
A little bit of history
In 2014/15 Tom was Director Mentor for the North of England with The Royal Shakespeare Company’s, Open Stages Programme. In 2013 was the movement director on Z-Arts Christmas production of DUCK! with 20 Stories High (nominated for a Manchester Theatre Award).
“Superb animal movements—created by Tom Hogan” – The British Theatre Guide
In 2014 with Contact Young Company, I led a devising process and directed the comedy ensemble piece ‘Folksonomy’ at Contact, Manchester.This work followed on from 2008 where in partnership with Manchester Museum I created a site specific show “People in glass cases shouldn’t throw stones”
Tom has the ongoing responsibility for the artistic programmes of Proud and Loud Arts
“The beauty of this piece is that the personalities of the cast are allowed to shine and come through which gives the show depth and anchors it in reality” ★★★★ What’s On Stage
“Beyond the 4th Wall at The Met is a triumph”, Bury Times
Workshop and training
He has delivered training for The Universities of – Manchester, Salford and Bolton as well as Hope and John Moore’s Universities in Liverpool.
He has worked extensively across the North of England with companies like – M6 Theatre, TIPP, Creative Partnerships, Octagon Theatre, Oldham Theatre Workshop, Burnley Youth Theatre, Salford Youth Service, Bury MBC, Rochdale PCT & Bolton@Home.
I have held artist in residence positions at Barton Moss secure care centre, HMP Forest Bank and Manchester Pupil Referral Unit working with staff and students to examine a creative approach to learning and personal development.
Comments from participants:
“A highly skilled and effective communicator able to put people at their ease and engage them in creative and valuable exercises.”
“I can honestly say that the teaching was awesome and made me more confident.”
“Helped me be a bit braver to try other things with characters. Took chances I normally wouldn’t. Felt relaxed in class.”
“A joyous weekend with a fresh, energetic director with a unique and action packed perspective on clowning.”