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Tom Amen – Professor

Tom Amen - GWC Theater Arts ProfessorTom graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of California, Irvine, where he received his BA in Acting. He later earned his MFA in Directing from the University of Utah, where he studied under full academic scholarship.

Tom began his career as a theater director and educator over 25 years ago. For the past 18 years, he has been a professor in the Theater Arts Department at Golden West College. Prior to his arrival at GWC, Tom was an adjunct faculty member and guest director in the theater departments at Cypress College, Mira Costa College, Orange Coast College, Irvine Valley College, Riverside Community College, Orange County High School of the Arts, and the University of Utah.

As an educator, Tom is committed to helping his students succeed; whether it is the pride that comes from acing an exam, or the exaltation that comes from nailing a performance, mentoring students through the process of discovering and developing their own unique intellectual and creative strengths is what continues to drive Tom’s work as a teaching artist.

As a theater director, Tom has staged over 85 productions in California and Utah. Some of his favorite directing credits include: Dracula, The Glass Menagerie, Never the Sinner, Waiting for Godot, Quills, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Yankee Tavern, 1984, Moby Dick, A Streetcar Named Desire, Doubt, Othello, Proof, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Rashomon, What the Bellhop Saw, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, A Few Good Men, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Medea, Hamlet, The Grapes of Wrath, The Crucible, Oedipus Rex, Oleanna, Bent, Red Noses, and The Serpent. Future directing projects include Amy Herzog’s startling contemporary drama, The Great God Pan, opening in March 2019 in the Mainstage Theater at GWC.

In addition to his work as a director, Tom is engaged in several ongoing playwriting projects, including an original work, Lunger: The Last Days of Doc Holliday.

Away from the theater, Tom is a dedicated traveler, a devoted surfer, an avid sailor, and an ardent snow skier. He is also the proud father of a big, bounding Native American Indian Dog named Thunder, who is frequently mistaken for a wolf.