Writer and Director for the Stage


Thomas Murray is a documentary theatre maker, stage director, and teacher. He holds a B.A. in theatre production from Ball State University and an M.F.A. in directing and public dialogue from Virginia Tech.

His newest docudrama THE RIGHT OF WAY debuted at the Moss Arts Center in March 2018 following presentations at the National Academy of Sciences (Washington, D.C.) and the American Planning Association's National Conference (New Orleans). THE RIGHT OF WAY was developed through public workshops with Forum Theatre (Washington, D.C.), Theatre in the Square (Atlanta), and the Greenhouse Theater Center (Chicago). It will also play at Walk/Bike/Places later this year.

A Chicago native, Thomas was the founding artistic director of Waltzing Mechanics, a documentary theatre ensemble, where he created the interview-based comedy EL STORIES (recently featured at the NYU Forum on Ethnodrama) and OVER MY DEAD BODY (supported by the MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture). He served as workshop director and dramaturg for Danielle Pinnock’s THE BODY IMAGE PROJECT in performance at the Chicago Fringe Festival (Fringe Choice Award), MPAACT Solo Jams, Congo Square Theatre, and the Greenhouse Theater Center.

As a Chicago-based director, he has helmed both devised and scripted work for Broken Nose Theatre, The Ruckus, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, Ka-Tet Theatre Company, City Lit Theatre Company, Prologue Theatre, Hobo Junction, Strangeloop Theatre, and The Arc Theatre. New York credits include work with Ping Chong + Company and Honest Accomplice Theatre. He is the program manager and a teaching artist for Storycatchers Theatre's Word Warriors Ensemble at the Illinois Youth Center in Warrenville.

He is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, a Sackler Fellow with the National Academy of Sciences, a Community Engagement Fellow with Ping Chong + Company, a recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award from Ball State University, and a former artistic apprentice with Steppenwolf Theatre Company. He has studied intensively with Free Street Theater, Elevator Repair Service and Sojourn Theatre.