TOM ORMENY and his wife, Maria Gobetti, are the founders and Artistic Directors of The Victory Theatre Center. Since 1971, Tom has produced, directed and/or acted in over 100 productions, many at the Victory, many of them world premieres. Most recently, Who’s Your Daddy?, dramaturged and directed by Tom, went on to be a critical hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Then a new production at Off-Broadway at the Irish Repertory Theater received critical acclaim. Tom and Maria produced the world premieres of The Miss Firecracker Contest, On The Money, The History of Fear, Talking Things Over With Chekhov, Wishing Well, American Illiad. Tom wrote and produced the play Life on the Line, which premiered at the Victory.
Tom started as a child actor in New York City. This year, Tom is celebrating his 60th anniversary as a professional actor. His first professional work as an actor was on Radio Free Europe. He also appeared in the biopic of his family’s escape from Hungary on the Armstrong Circle Theater. Both of his parents were theatre professionals and he proudly continues the legacy. Most recently, at the Victory, he appeared in the critically acclaimed Old Glory, My Old Friends, and Broken Glass. Thirty years ago, for the world premiere production of On the Money, Tom took over the role of Jack when the actor who played the role had to take more remunerative work. Tom then played the role for the next five months of that very successful run. Other theatre acting credits include: On the Money, Haunted Wilderness, Escape from Happiness, Meet the Wilsons, and Oleanna. Tom has also performed at International City, the Odyssey, and the Met Theatres in Los Angeles.
Tom has extensive film and television credits which include the films Primary Colors, Gang Related, and guest stars in Mad Men, Grey’s Anatomy, as well as stints on the soaps Days of Our Lives and General Hospital. Tom belongs to the Directors Guild of America and has directed for Disney where he also worked as an acting coach. Tom is the proud recipient of Theatre L.A.’s Ovation — James A. Doolittle Award for Leadership in Theatre. Last year, he received the Red Carpet Award from Women In Theatre for excellence as a Producer/Artistic Director in Theatre. He works actively in arts advocacy. He was instrumental in forming Los Angeles Municipal Promotions (LAMP) that successfully lobbied for the “one percent for the arts” tax for the City of Los Angeles. Since 1989, he has served on the actor/producer side of the Actors’ Equity Review Committee for the Los Angeles 99 Seat Theatre Plan. He served eight terms as the president of the Los Angeles Theatre Alliance and is President Emeritus of the Board of Governors of Theatre LA. He and Maria are lifelong partners and teaches acting at the Gobetti-Ormeny Acting Studio.
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