With over 35 years of experience in the field, Tom Stroud is a choreographer and director known for his integrated approach to theater and dance. A graduate of the Simon Fraser University School for the Performing Arts, he has performed and toured with companies across the country and his works have been commissioned and presented by companies, festivals, and presenters coast to coast.
In 1991 Tom was appointed as the Artistic Director of Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (WCD) where, during his 14-year tenure, Stroud created numerous works for the company and spearheaded national and international collaborations that resulted in residencies and performances in Canada, the United States and Mexico. In 2002, he was awarded the prestigious Choo San Goh Award for choreography.
Tom is also the Artistic Director of Company Link Inc, an organization dedicated to the Experimental Theatre and Dance artists living and working in Winnipeg. In addition to supporting Tom’s creative pursuits, the company hosts ongoing training workshops and annual creation projects.
In 2005 Stroud joined the faculty of the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of Winnipeg as a specialist in movement and was instrumental in introducing new curriculum in the Acting Stream. He currently holds the rank of Associate Professor and his teaching complement includes movement, embodiment for actors, image-based theatre, acting, as well as directing productions for the department.
Tom’s research examines embodiment and the actor’s creative process in contemporary performance practice. In 2012 Tom began training in the Alba Method under the guidance of master teacher Laura Bond. He currently holds a Level 4 Certification.