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Tom Ridgely

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Adapter

Tom is a Drama Desk-nominated director, producer and educator.

For Waterwell he’s directed or co-directed HamletBlueprint Specials, GOODBAR, #9, The|King|Operetta, Marco Millions (based on lies) and The Persians, among others. In New York he’s directed at Red Bull, Ars Nova, FringeNYC, Public Theater, Fordham, 59E59, Symphony Space, Barrow Street, NYU/Tisch, Theatre Row and more. Nationally he’s developed/presented work at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Old Globe, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Out of the Loop and Philly Fringe, as well as Yale, Johns Hopkins, Indiana, Ohio Northern, Bentley and James Madison Universities and Trinity College.

His productions have won DFW Theater Critics Forum and ECNY Awards and been nominated for CT Critics Circle, IT and New York Magazine Culture Awards. He was a finalist award for the 2016 TCG Leadership U: One-on-One with Barry Edelstein at the Old Globe and was the 2014 Killian Directing Fellow with Bill Rauch at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He has associate/assistant directed with Joe Mantello (The Last Ship, Chicago & Broadway), Tony Taccone (The Tempest, OSF), Daniel Sullivan (As You Like It, Shakespeare in the Park) and Barry Edelstein (Timon of Athens, Public Theater) and was a research assistant to George C. Wolfe (Mother Courage, Shakespeare in the Park) and artistic assistant to Oskar Eustis (Public Theater).

With Waterwell, he also oversees the Drama Program at the Professional Performing Arts School (PPAS) in Manhattan, providing world-class training to exceptional 6-12th graders absolutely free of charge.

Most recent: Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] (Playhouse on Park) and Romeo and Juliet (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival). Upcoming: Love’s Labour’s Lost (WDP/PPAS) and Yeomen of the Guard (Blue Hill Troupe).