Tom Casciero is a Professor in the Department of Theatre Arts at Towson University in the USA. He trains graduate and undergraduate actors in movement; voice/movement integration; movement theatre techniques, improvisation, and devised theatre.
Tom received his Ph.D. in Theatre (1998) from The Union Institute Graduate School. His thesis, Laban Movement Studies and Actor Training, is a contextual essay and teaching manual for training actors in physical awareness and expressivity. It is widely consulted throughout the world. He is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst (CMA) and a Research Associate for the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS). He has taught in the LIMS Certification Program and is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Laban Movement Studies.
He was awarded an Overseas Fellowship and Visiting Scholarship at the University of Pretoria and Pretoria Technikon University, both in South Africa. He was a Visiting Artist at the National University of Costa Rica, teaching in both the Theatre and Dance departments. Tom has taught as a guest artist at Teatro Abya Yala, the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Webster Movement Institute, the University of Texas at Austin, Southern Illinois University, Calvin College, and in various colleges, theaters, and festivals.
His research has been presented at International Laban Conferences in Rio de Janeiro, Bratislava (Slovakia), Amherst, Minneapolis, and Baltimore. He has also presented at the conferences of the South African Performer’s Voice and Movement Educators, the Association of Theatre in Higher Education, the Association of Theatre Movement Educators, the Voice & Speech Trainers Association, and at the Southeast Theatre Conference.
Tom is currently a primary researcher on the MERGE project, an investigation into the foundational elements of movement, their uses in actor training, and the intersection of common elements of movement seen across diverse methods of movement-based actor training. Co-researchers include Wendell Beavers and Erika Berland (Naropa University), Judith Chaffee (Boston University), Sara Romersberger (SMU), and Rebecca VerNooy (Ohio University).
He has served as movement director/consultant for over 40 University Main Stage and studio productions. He was the liaison, co-producer, and on site director for the Mid-Atlantic Movement Theatre Festival and the past vice-president of ATME. He is also a performer and director, having toured his solo performances of comedy and physical theatre nationally and internationally, and having directed regional and university theatre. He also conceptualized, co-created and produced the multi-media production PostMarks, a devised theatre piece based on the first three books of Nick Bantock’s Griffin and Sabine series.