Currently, Thom is in his 22nd season as the Managing Artistic Director at First Presbyterian Theater. During those years he has also served as an adjunct professor, teaching Communications at Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne and Manchester College, as well as theater at IPFW and Huntington University.
Thom Hofrichter often works professionally in the summer at outdoor Shakespeare festivals. He also has professional credits that span the past 35 years from Pensacola, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Milwaukee, and Boulder, Colorado.
Thom was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Upon graduation from Concordia Lutheran High School, he earned a BS in Accounting from Indiana University, Bloomington. In the fifteen years after his graduation from I.U. he supported himself as an actor, director, stage manager, lighting designer, producer and educator in the theater while earning a B.A. in Theater from UNLV, an M.A. in Communication from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, and pursing doctoral studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder where he will forever remain half a dissertation short of a Ph.D.
In the early 1990s Thom held the position of Managing Artistic Director for Studio 13 in Milwaukee and then later held the same title at D.A.M. Art Theater in Boulder. He returned to Fort Wayne to become FPT’s Managing Artistic Director in January 1997. At FPT, Thom has directed well over 100 plays, acted in a dozen more, as well as written Christmas Revues. He has also adapted and staged works from Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters, Mark Twain’s The Diaries of Adam and Eve, and Ibsen’s Brand. This season Thom is working with city councilman Tom Didier to create a new Christmas review emphasizing Tom singing popular Christmas songs and Thom telling popular Christmas stories.
Thom lives on the south-side of Fort Wayne with his wife Nancy, and their 160 pounds of dog, called Bosley and Lizzie.