<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="65001"%> Thomas Q. Fulton, Jr - Biography

 

Thomas Q. Fulton, Jr.
Director, Actor, Teacher

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Awards

Akron Beacon Journal
Favorite Actors
By Kerry Clawson
2005

Times Tribute Award
Outstanding Acting
For Tevye in
Fiddler on the Roof
Cain Park Summer Theatre
2003

Times Tribute Award
Outstanding Acting
For Don Quixote in
Man of La Mancha
Halle Theatre
2002

Times Tribute Award
Outstanding Acting
For Tartuffe in
Tartuffe
Actor's Summit Theatre
2002

Times Tribute Award
Outstanding Acting
For George in
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Actor's Summit
2002

Northern Ohio Live
Nomination &
Honorable Mention

For
Outstanding Acheivement In
Directing
Hamlet
Cleveland Theatre Company
1991

Cleveland Critics' Circle Award
Best Professional Production
The Three Sisters
Phoenix Theatre Ensemble
1980

Cleveland Critics' Circle
Nomination
Best Director
The Three Sisters
Phoenix Theatre Ensemble

Cleveland Critics' Circle
Nomination
Best Director
Streamers
Center Repertory Theatre

Cleveland Critics' Circle
Nomination
Best Director
Vanities
Center Repertory Theatre

Professional Biography


A director, actor, teacher since 1975, Tom has served as Artistic Director for three professional theatre companies in Northeast Ohio.

In 1975, he founded and headed Center Repertory Theatre, a L.O.R.T. "C" company located in Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland. There, his work included such critically acclaimed productions as Vanities, by Jack Heifner, which became the 2nd longest-running play in Cleveland history with a production run of just over a year; Streamers, by David Rabe; and the world premiere of Michael Paller's moving adaptation of A Christmas Carol.

In 1980, Fulton became Artistic Director for the Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, a company of actors, directors and playwrights, who worked and trained together to develop a production style that arose from the collective creative minds and talents. It was at Phoenix, that Fulton began a professional actor training program focusing on the Stanislavski system of actor development, which he still teaches today. A number of acclaimed productions were mounted at Phoenix Theatre, including: The Three Sisters, winner of the Cleveland Critics' Circle Award for Best Professional Production, Getting Out, Whose Life is it Anyway, Cyrano De Bergerac, Our Town, Bus Stop, Ashes and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

After a 5 year stint as an actor with the Cleveland Play House, Fulton created, along with Director/Actor Andrew May and Managing Director, William Meckler, The Cleveland Theatre Company. CTC was operated under a Small Professional Theatre Contract and was dedicated to the production of classic plays performed by the regional artists of Northeast Ohio. Utlimately the company formed an alliance with The Factory Theatre at Cleveland State University, in associate directorship with actor/director/professor Wayne S. Turney. Here, Fulton did some of his most ambitious work, directing Hamlet, 'night Mother, The Cherry Orchard, Uncle Vanya and others; Acting in King Lear, Man and Superman, Uncle Vanya and Two Rooms.

Tom began his theatrical career as an actor with the Heights Youth Theatre and the WKYC TV East Ohio Fairy Tale Theatre, directed by Jerry Leonard. His senior year in High School, he attended Interlochen Arts Academy in Traverse City, Michigan and went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Professional Acting from Southern Methodist University. Among the theatre artists with whom Tom has studied are Ray Bolger, Morris Carnovski, Arthur Lessac, Kristin Linklater, Vivian Vance, Adrian Hall, Morton DaCosta, Joe Chaikin, Zelda Fichandler, Joe Anthony, Tina Packard, and Joan Potter.

As a professional actor in Cleveland, he has performed or directed at Playhouse Square Foundation, The Cleveland Orchestra, Blossom Music Festival, The Cleveland Play House, The Cleveland Actor's Theatre Company, Center Repertory Theatre, The Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, Cleveland Theatre Company, The Actor's Summit, The Halle Theatre, Cain Park Summer Theatre, Chagrin Valley Little Theatre, and Dobama Theatre

Just recently, Fulton directed the professional Equity premier of The Interview at the Halle theatre. And, in April 2002, at The Actors' Summit Theatre, he played George in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Recently, Tom has acted Don Quixote in Man of LaMancha at the Halle Theatre in October of 2002, Tartuffe in Tartuffe at the Actor's Summit Theatre in Hudson. Tevye in Fidder on the Roof at Cain Park Summer Theatre.  In January of 2004, Tom directed an acclaimed production of Chekhov's THE SEAGULL at the Beck Center.  This coming fall (October 2005), Tom will be playing Emile de Becque in South Pacific for the JCC's Arts and Culture Program at the Performing Arts Center at Tri-C Eastern Campus.  In October of 2007, Tom directed and co-authored the world premier of "Reflections" at the Beck Center for the Arts.

Tom serves part time as the Executive Director of the Fairmount Center for the Arts and, starting in September, 2008, full time as Director of the Chagrin Falls Performing Arts Academy.