Tomlinson, Tom

Tom Tomlinson

Tom Tomlinson

Palm Springs, CA
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Tom is an experienced, large theater operator with special skills in the area of association management and Board leadership as former President of the Board of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. He has served as professional director / designer / stage manager for over 100 productions in community, regional, and World's Fair productions.

Tom is currently Project Director, Downtown Theatre District Revitalization, for the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County in North Carolina. From March 2014 - April 2016, he was the Executive Director of the new Charleston Gaillard Center in South Carolina, which opened in Fall 2015. Until March 2014, Tom was Executive Director of the newly-built Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center ("SKyPAC") located in the northeast corner of historic Bowling Green, KY. SKyPAC's first full season opened on Saturday, September 22, 2012 (see SKyPAC_OpeningAct.pdf). SKyPAC consists of an 1,800-seat main performance hall, a 200-seat flexible Studio Theatre, two rehearsal halls, galleries, and an 800-seat outdoor amphitheater. Education is a primary focus for SKyPAC, taking artists into classrooms and tailoring major performing arts events for daytime programming.

SKyPAC recently assumed operations responsibility for Bowling Green's beloved Capitol Theater on Fountain Square, an historic theater renovated in 1981 and located at 416 East Main Street. The Capitol has an 800-seat auditorium and the Houchens Gallery.

Tom is a contributor to the LHAT-CHAT and has led numerous historic theaters, including:

  • Michigan Opera Theatre/historic Detroit Opera House in Detroit, MI (opened as the Capitol Theater in 1922)
  • The Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, IL (1926)
  • The Pantages Center for the Performing Arts in Tacoma, WA (1924)
  • The Capitol Theatre in Yakima, WA (1902)

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