Tom Ross-Williams

Tom Ross-Williams

Actor / Theatre-Maker / Campaigner

  • Location: London
  • Career stage: Experienced
  • Freelancer: Available

Tom is an actor, theatre-maker and campaigner. Tom was recently interviewed for “one to watch” segment in Hiive:

https://app.hiive.co.uk/knowledge/blogs/ones-to-watch-tom-ross-williams/5429/. 

Tom is the Artistic Director of the political theatre company Populace and is a graduate of the BAC's Emerging Artist as Activist programme. Populace has won two IdeasTap briefs and made work for WYP, Hackney Empire, TRSE, Lyric , Ovalhouse, Southbank Centre, Roundhouse, The Junction, the Bush & Rich Mix.

His work as a theatre-maker attempts to blur the lines between theatre and direction action, utilising his experience of social justice activsim. His latest show, Give Me Your Skin (BAC & UK Tour), co-created with Oonagh Murphy, explores concrete ways to challenge toxic masculinity and was accompanied by community organising workshops across the UK.

"The magic of this performance is that it can shift that nebulous feeling of a problem which seems insurmountable into micromasteries of action. This is not a show which is shouting at the audience that there’s an emergency and someone should definitely do something. This show is calmly saying that there are steps we could all take to understand each other better and we ALL might actually benefit from them." 5 STARS (LGBTQ Arts Review)

Tom is actively involved in LGBT+ and Gender Equality activism. He writes and talks about these issues in various settings, including as a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and a frequent panellist at Being A Man Festival. He is an ambassador for Great Men, a charity challenging gender stereotypes with young men, with whom he is currently helping to develop IMAGINE, a European-wide initiative working with boys in schools to prevent sexual violence and harassment of women and girls.

Over the past three years, Tom has been helping to run and develop the Advocacy Academy, a youth movement organisation working to unleash the power of marginalised young people to create a more fair, just and equal society and nurturing the activists of the future.

He is a recent graduate and scholarship recipient of Campaign Bootcamp and a campaigning advisor to the LGBT+ charity, Diversity Role Models, developing an initiative that supports students to launch campaigns to tackle inequality in their schools.

His work as a performer includes RSC, Kneehigh, Soho Theatre, National Theatre Studio, Bush Theatre and Chris Goode & Co. He is currently playing Angel in "Jubilee" at the Royal Exchange and Lyric Hammersmith. He is currently nominated for Best Actor at the Off West End Awards for his performance in the one-man show, RUN at The Bunker.

 

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