Massachusetts
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Tom Truss

Tom Truss is a performer, creator and educator.  His thirty plus year career has included dancing, acting, choreographing and directing. Truss has worked with all ages and abilities from children, firefighters, and inmates to teens, older adults, and professional actors and dancers.  He toured with the Liz Lerman/Dance Exchange for four years, had his own dance company for ten years, was a community artist at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival for five years and taught at American Dance Festival for six years.  Truss graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from the University of Texas, obtained a Master of Fine Arts degree in Choreography from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the College of Wooster.  He is an AmSAT certified teacher of the Alexander Technique.  He has been published in Dance Magazine, was a frequent contributor to OutRightRadio an award winning radio show on PRI.  Some awards he has received are Best Choreography - Austin Critics Table Awards (HAIR), Best Actor- Austin Critics Table Awards (The Idiot), Best Actor Nominee - B. Iden Payne Awards (The Idiot).    His work has been seen and he has performed at performed at the Kennedy Center, Jacob’s Pillow, New Zealand’s Wellington Fringe, American Dance Festival, On the Boards, Dance Place and The Foundry to name a few, as well as in parking lots, rivers, furniture stores and cars.  His current projects are: Ask Your Gay Uncle, a podcast he co-creates with his gay nephew; Behind the Tapestry a solo dance theatre work that examines how a family finds resilience when tragedy strikes ;and ReWritten a multimedia evening length duet  about the love relationship between Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville.

His work is physically based and is athletic, gestural and quirky.    Text is always present in his work.    The themes of his work generally fall into the categories of love, loss, justice, sex, God and greed.  It is presented through humor, silence, objects, movement metaphor, anecdotes and music.

 

 

 

 

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Tom
Job Title/Position: 
Actor, Dancer, Choreographer, Director, Maker
Mailing Address: 
22 RIVER ST
Great Barrington, MA 01230-1331
Physical Address: 
22 RIVER ST
Great Barrington, MA 01230-1331
Last Name: 
Truss
Phone: 
4153429447

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Theater - Devised / Artist-Led
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - General
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Dance - Tap / Percussive
Literary Arts - Spoken Word
Media - Audio / Sound
Theater - General
Theater - Devised / Artist-Led
Theater - Improv
Theater - Musical
Theater - Playwriting
Theater - Puppet
Theater - Solo / One-Person Show
Theater - Storytelling
Theater - Variety / Vaudeville
Visual/Crafts - Experimental
Populations Served: 
Adults
Businesses
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Incarcerated (or Formerly Incarcerated) Individuals
LGBTQ Populations
Native American Tribes
Nonprofits
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Veteran/Active Duty Military Personnel
Youth-At-Risk
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Audio or Video Recording
Community Arts
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Film Preproduction / Production / Editing Services
Funding
Performance / Concert / Reading
Professional Development / Training
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Events Per Year: 
8
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
Multi-County Region
State
Multi-State Region
National
International