Tom Frey is the bomb! He greatly helped me in my effectiveness as a speaker and overall comfort level when presenting. Had I not spent time with him, I would have hid behind the desk. Instead, I used the stage and removed the barrier from myself and the audience. He helped me during our onsite training, my "gear up" session, and also attended our session. I could tell he genuinely cared and wanted to help us be better speakers.
Tom has performed all over the United States and Canada, in shows including Arms and the Man, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, and more. He's amassed over 700 performances of the popular Canadian play Two Pianos / Four Hands. His work as a director for theatres across the country has led to acclaimed productions which are often the hit of the season. Outside of the theatre, Tom spent the better part of a decade in the hospitality industry in NYC, working in nearly every aspect of the restaurant business, culminating in restaurant personnel management. He helped to open and run three high-profile Manhattan restaurants. He's a graduate of the University of North Carolina Professional Actor Training Program and a member of both Actors' Equity Association and Canadian Actors Equity.
What is your favorite moment in the training room?
When someone finds out they can do something they never thought they could.
What do you consider your personal trademark as a trainer?
The Power of Pause. It might be something I use a bit… too… much.
Which role or performance of your own has meant the most to you as an actor?
Bluntschli in Arms and the Man. For years before that, I had been cast in only one kind of role and felt very static. One Artistic Director gave me the chance to do something different and reminded me that I could things I never thought I could.
What is your personal motto?
Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam, circumspice.
You’ve won a vacation of your choosing! Where are you going?
Too many to choose. I’ll start with biking the fjords of Norway, cooking my way through Italy, writing on the beaches of Thailand… how much time do I have?