Tom Poole

Tom Poole was an award-winning playwright and screenwriter, as well as an actor, director, dramaturg, teacher, and talent agent. Also, a fantastic friend. Tom passed away in July of 2011, and he is greatly missed.

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ASFB: Giving oneself over to a shadow dance


Playwright Tom Poole cracks wise on critics of dance and on dance criticism.

A great space Christmas

Audience | Criticism | Tradition

"You can bet if the Klingons were in two wars at once, and had been for years, they would have the knobby alien balls to own up to it."

A conversion experience

Criticism | Tradition

"The dramatic structure of the play actually seems like the sort of thing a virtuosic theater director might undertake on a dare."

Holiday (show) virgin


Our first crack at the question of why people go see holiday shows comes from playwright Tom Poole. For some reason, raccoons come up.

Untitled. Unfinished. UNRELEASED.*


Do you want to do the work required to turn an idea into an actual play more than you want to eat kettle chips and watch reruns of Ultimate Cage Fighting?

Blog posts by this author

BLOG: Grant Richey Remembered

Posted Nov. 30

Special focus | Vision

Playwright Tom Poole shares some memories of an actor who changed his ideas about what actors do.

In-depth posts by this author

  • Posted
    January 3, 2010 - 7:44pm
    Tom Poole begins a monthlong exploration of "The Elements of Style," Minnesota Edition, with the deep and continuing impact of Jeune Lune. Plus jokes.
  • Posted
    January 17, 2010 - 7:31pm
    NEW UPDATE #4: The Twin Cities have been known for their music since the 1980s. The theater scene could not thrive without it.
  • Posted
    January 11, 2010 - 8:14pm
    UPDATE #3: In which Jeff Hatcher and Tom invent a game you can play that generates two competing lists of distinctly Minnesota styles.
  • Posted
    January 27, 2010 - 11:32pm
    NEW #6 The Epic Conclusion: Tom considers and rejects tragedy for comedy and makes sure-to-be-incorrect predictions about the future. And, always, with jokes.
  • Posted
    January 7, 2010 - 3:42pm
    How are Minnesota playwrights like weeds and kittens? Poole's #2 post considers the unique legacy of the Playwrights' Center. Plus, Craig Wright pipes in.
  • Posted
    January 24, 2010 - 4:20pm
    UPDATE #5 Do Minnesota theaters suffer from split personality disorder? "What is a theater for all those minutes, hours, and days when a play isn’t happening?"


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