Tom Oppenheim

Chief Executive Officer & Artistic Director

Mr. Oppenheim pays tribute to his grandmother Stella’s legacy in his work and has guided the center for the past 15 years. He has continued Stella’s tradition and has built upon it, adding components that emphasize social outreach and the potential for theatre to influence society. He was born in New York City and studied acting at the National Shakespeare Conservatory and with his grandmother. Theater credits include the title role in Shakespeare’s Macbeth with the Harold Clurman Laboratory Theater Company, where he has also directed nine productions, including the world premiere of Peter Nickowitz’s Songs and Statues. For the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, he appeared in Henry IV, Part 1 and Macbeth. Other roles include Henry VI, Part 1, II, III at Theater for a New Audience, Bound East for Cardiff at the Provincetown Playhouse, and Romeo and Juliet at the Mint Theater. Film credits include Mike Nichols’ Wolf, Art Jones’ Going Nomad and Dodgeball. TV credits include Sydney Lumet’s TV series “100 Center Street.” In the summer of 2009, Theatre East granted Mr. Oppenheim the Laurette Taylor award, presented by Tovah Feldshuh.

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