Tommy Hensel is a native of Columbia, South Carolina, and has worked for more than 30 years as a professional actor, singer, stage manager and director. He holds a B.A. in music and a B.A. in communication from Florida State University and an M.A. in theater from the University of South Carolina. Tommy is the Managing Director of the Fine and Performing Arts Center at Moraine Valley Community College, a position he has held since January 2008. He currently serves as Chair of the Illinois Presenters Network and is a board member of NAPAMA. He recently served as co-chair of the annual Arts Midwest Conference in Indianapolis, IN.
Prior to his move to Chicago, Tommy was an 11-year resident of the Seacoast region of New Hampshire where he served as Executive Director of the Rochester Opera House and sat on several non-profit arts boards. While in New England, he produced and performed frequently in cabaret shows throughout the region and was co-producer of the annual Cabaret by the Sea festival in Ogunquit, Maine.
Tommy has served on grant review panels for the New England Foundation for the Arts, New Hampshire Arts Council, Vermont Arts Council, and Illinois Arts Council. During his years as an arts presenter, he has also served on the juried showcase panels for both Arts Midwest and the Performing Arts Exchange.
Among his many theater credits, Hensel was the founding artistic director of the Harrisburg Shakespeare Festival (now part of the Gamut Theatre Group in PA). He has over 50 professional directing credits to his name and an extensive resumé as a theatrical performer and cabaret singer.
In addition to his musical and theater work, Hensel maintains an active role as a restaurant and bar reviewer in Chicago for The Local Tourist (chicago.thelocaltourist.com).
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