Tom Attea has written 14 shows that have been produced in the publicly funded Off-Broadway theater. The first show, Brief Chronicles of the Time, was a contemporary revue presented by The Actors Studio, where he was a member of The Playwrights Unit for 10 years. The rest of his shows, ten musicals for which he wrote the book and lyrics and two full-length plays, have been presented by Theater for the New City in New York’s East Village.
Tom received a TNC/Jerome Foundation emerging playwright grant and is a long-time member of The Dramatists Guild.
He has a broad education that encompasses science and art. The combination informs his work. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a doctor’s degree. After his arrival in New York, he studied composition and orchestration at Juilliard, sight-singing with Helen Hobbs Jordan and voice with David Sorin Collyer, acting and directing at HB Studios, and piano with Norman Gold, John Corrigan, and Milton Kaye.
He supports his literary work as a freelance copywriter. He has won many awards for creative copywriting, including four Clios in one night, Gold and Silver Lions from Cannes, The Gold Telly, The Gold Mobius, The Effie, LinkedIn’s designation as “Best of 2016 for Copywriting,” as well as awards from The Copy Club of New York, The Art Directors Club of New York, The Advertising Club of New York, and International Broadcast Awards.
Critics have called his writing for the theater “Hilarious … and simply charming.” – The Village Voice; “Delightfully funny … humorous and thoughtful.” – The Villager; “Compelling … good storytelling” – Theater Pizzazz; “Inspiring,” – INNewYork.com; “Written with a great understanding of today’s politics.” – AXS.com.
Tom is a member of The Dramatists Guild.
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