Mitchell Thomas

Mitchell Thomas

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts
Phone: (805) 565-6187
Email: thomas@westmont.edu
Office Location: Porter Hall 111A

Office Hours
Tuesday 1:00pm-3:00pm
Wednesday 9:30am-11:45am
Thursday 1:00pm-3:00pm

Specialization
Acting, Physical Theatre, Voice,
Speech, Actor Movement

Mitchell Thomas is an award-winning actor, director, and teacher, and recent Chair of the Westmont College Theatre Arts department. In addition to his work with students, he continues to act professionally on the local, national, and international stage. Recent acting projects include Indy award winning performances as Gustav in the Ensemble Theatre production of Strindberg’s Creditors and the Troll King in Lit Moon’s production of Ibsen’s Peer Gynt. Mitchell also just concluded a year long run of Wallace Shawn’s Obie award winning one-person play, The Fever, which included performances in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and London.

Other recent credits include playing the title role in the world premiere of Naomi Iizuka’s Nils Holgersson and the Wild Geese with the Lit Moon Theatre Company, and being chosen to be the first-ever artist in residence with the Ensemble theatre company of Santa Barbara, where he worked as resident actor and associate producer. Other acting credits include Our Town with the Santa Barbara Theatre, the Memory of Water opposite Stephanie Zimbalist with the Ensemble Theatre Company, Othello/Measure4Measure directed by Lilia Abedjieva of the Bulgarian National Theatre, and Queen C and Richard II (Indy Award, performance) with the Lit Moon Theatre Company, and performances at South Coast Repertory Theatre, A Noise Within, the Pasadena Playhouse, Circle X, Blank Theatre Company, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Repertory Theatre, Interplayers, and PCPA Theaterfest. He is also a member of AEA (Actors Equity Association) and SAG (Screen Actors Guild), the professional performing unions for Theatre and Film/TV.

Mitchell was the winner of the 2008 Arlin G. Meyer Prize for his direction of Erik Ehn’s The Saint Plays. Mitchell also received a 2010 Indy Award for his direction of Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano at Westmont. Mitchell specializes in devised theatre and working with playwrights to develop new work. Since 2005, Mitchell has created or commissioned over 20 original full-length and short works, including Ablaze, Big Tent Love, Rogue, The Car Play Project, The Earthquake Predictor Rides the Bus, Don’t Be Fooled by Me, Fortune’s Fool: stop the violence or I’ll kill you, Muéveme. Muévete., GLIMPSE: beyond, and Celluloid. He was also proud to produce a co-production of Tim Crouch’s devastating play, England, at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, where he has also directed and produced staged readings and alternative programming.

Mitchell received his M.F.A. from the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Washington and has taught acting workshops in Poland and the United States. He continues to study the art form, including residencies in NYC in 2008 and 2010 to work with master teachers Chris Bayes (Yale), Ron Van Lieu (Yale), and Slava Dolgachev (Moscow Art Theatre) in clowning, Commedia Dell'Arte, and the plays of Anton Chekhov. Mitchell has extensive experience in the Alexander Technique, Suzuki Training, Linklater and Fitzmaurice Voice work, Stage Combat, Viewpoints, Skinner Releasing, Low Flying Trapeze, Improvisation, and many of the more traditional acting techniques. Mitchell is grateful to call Santa Barbara home, where he lives with his wife, Sarah, and his three daughters, Madeleine, Zoe, and Gwyneth.