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Tom Ossowski

Published November 22, 2014

Tom OssowskiAssociate Professor, Music Theatre
School of Theatre
Curriculum Vitae (CV)

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At Florida State University, Tom has directed The Drowsy Chaperone, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, On The Town, Hair, The Rocky Horror Show and Sweeney Todd and has music directed Spring Awakening, Jesus Christ Superstar, Spelling Bee, RENT, Into The Woods, The Man of LaMancha and Urinetown. At the Post Playhouse, he has directed Guys & Dolls, 9 to 5, My Way, The Drowsy Chaperone, Grease, Pump Boys & Dinnettes, The Wizard of Oz, Nunsense, Always…Patsy Cline, Hello, Dolly!, Oklahoma! and South Pacific.  He has also produced additional shows like The Sound of Music, A Year With Frog & Toad, Godspell, Forever Plaid and The Marvelous Wonderettes. In China, Tom directed and musically direct Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods in Mandarin.

Areas of Responsibility

Tom is an Associate Professor for the BFA Music Theatre Program and the Music Director/Conductor for the School of Theatre. Tom is also the Artistic Director for the Post Playhouse, a professional summer stock theatre producing 5 musicals each summer season. In addition, he is on the faculty for The Central Academy of Drama in Beijing, China 中國北京中央戲劇學院 as foreign expert in Music Theatre. Tom is also a member of The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.


Tom holds an MFA in Directing from Florida State University.

Teaching Areas

In addition to his production work with the School of Theatre, Tom also teaches Music Theatre History, Directing and BA Music Theatre Workshop.

Research Areas

Tom has also directed for theatres such as the Centennial Theatre Festival in Connecticut, Seaside Music Theatre in Daytona Beach, FL and the Bigfork Musical Theatre in Montana. His work has also taken him to Zug, Switzerland and to St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Tom is also the former Head of the Music Theatre Department at Illinois Wesleyan University, where he taught acting, directing and musical theatre courses. Some additional directing/music directing credits include Chicago, 42nd Street, A New Brain and A Man of No Importance. Other professional credits include You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown!, Lucky Stiff, The Fantasticks!, Crazy for You, Grease, Little Shop of Horrors and Fiddler on the Roof.

Select Scholarly/Creative Works & Awards

  • Into The Woods by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. (Director/Music Director).(November 2013). Central Academy of Drama, Beijing, China, 中國北京中央戲劇學院
  • Guys & Dolls by Frank Loesser, Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. (Producer/Director). (June – August 2014). Post Playhouse, Fort Robinson, Nebraska: SDC.
  • 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton and Patricia Resnick. (Producer/Director). (June – August 2014). Post Playhouse, Fort Robinson, Nebraska: SDC
  • Spring Awakening by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater. (Music Director and Conductor). (February 2013) Florida State University.
  • How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying by Frank Loesser.(Director, Music Director and Conductor). (October 2012). Starring Kevin Covert. Florida State University.