Tom Isbell

Professional Title
Professor, Acting

A Professor of Theatre specializing in acting and playwriting, Tom Isbell is honored to have received four teaching awards: the Albert Tezla Scholar/Teacher of the Year, the Jean G. Blehart Distinguished Teaching Award, the Outstanding Faculty Award, and the Horace T. Morse Distinguished Teacher, the highest undergraduate teaching honor given within the University of Minnesota.  He has taken two productions to the Kennedy Center as part of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival:  Dear Finder in 1999, and The Movie Game in 2002, and three other productions to regional festivals.  A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, Tom spent ten years as a professional actor, acting opposite Robert DeNiro, Ed Harris, John Turturro, Sarah Jessica Parker, Anne Bancroft and many others.  As a playwright, he’s been honored to have three of his plays produced by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: Teddy Roosevelt and the Treasure of Ursa Major, Teddy Roosevelt and the Ghostly Mistletoe, and The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg, all directed by Gregg Henry.  He’s the author of Lessons: The Craft of Acting, and his debut novel, The Prey, was published by HarperCollins in January 2015.

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