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    HEIGHT:
    188cm
    HAIR:
    brown
    EYES:
    brown
    WEB:
  • Tom Knowles
    BACKGROUND
    Iwi: Rongowhakaata Tom Knowles is a performer, writer and producer based in New Zealand and originally from Blenheim. Tom is a graduate of Toi Whakaari: The New Zealand Drama school. He has toured New Zealand extensively with Grease; Saturday Night Fever; Hinepau; Seed; Live Live Cinema’s Little Shop of Horrors and Cringeworthy! Tom also performed in The National Theatre of London production of The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil (in collaboration with Bret McKenzie); and the Harcourt-McKenzie's latest verbatim show, Transmission. He has written a multi award-winning rock opera, Allergic to Love: curse of the 80’s, which toured to America, Mexico and throughout New Zealand. He is premiering his new, M?ori, reggae-roots musical, Atarangi: Morning sky this year. Tom's TV credits include The Brokenwood Mysteries; The M?ori Sidesteps; and he starred in the Export beer advert which featured the award-winning song, I'm drinking it for you. Tom recently performed with the Modern M?ori Quartet and regularly plays in multiple bands around New Zealand. Tom has travelled to London to intern on several West End musicals including We will Rock You and performed in Covent Garden with a 40 piece orchestra. Tom has played with and alongside many bands including Tahuna Breaks, The Dudes, Marty Casey, Open Souls, Dane Rumble, Elemeno P, Sola Rosa, The Checks and was part of the promotion band for Kiss, Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, Poison and Whitesnake. Tom most recently appeared on stage in The Court Theatre’s production of ONCE.

  • TELEVISION
  • YEAR
  • PRODUCTION
  • ROLE
  • COMPANY/VENUE
  • DIRECTOR
  • 2020
  • HARI WITH THE MAORI SIDESTEPS
  • Performer
  • The Maori Sidesteps Collective LTD
  • James McCaskill
  • 2015
  • BROKENWOOD MYSTERIES 2
  • Timothy
  • South Pacific Pictures
  • Murray Keane

  • PRESENTING
  • YEAR
  • PRODUCTION
  • ROLE
  • COMPANY/VENUE
  • DIRECTOR
  • 2017
  • PRESS AND PUBLIC PREVIEW
  • MC
  • San Diego International Fringe Festival

  • THEATRE
  • YEAR
  • PRODUCTION
  • ROLE
  • COMPANY/VENUE
  • DIRECTOR
  • 2021
  • TRANSMISSION
  • Grant Robertson
  • Aftermage Films
  • Miranda Harcourt & Stuart McKenzie
  • 2020
  • FRONT YARD FESTIVALS
  • Ensemble
  • Te Pou Theatre
  • Jarod Rawiri
  • 2020
  • CRINGE WORTHY!
  • Randy Rogers
  • Centrepoint Theatre
  • Self Directed
  • 2020
  • CRINGE WORTHY!
  • Randy Rogers
  • Taranaki Festival
  • Self Directed
  • 2020
  • MODERN MAORI QUARTET 'GARAGE PARTY'
  • Performer
  • The Wintergarden
  • Various
  • 2019
  • SECOND UNIT - What Will You Do In The Shadows
  • Ensemble
  • Tawhiri
  • Stella Reid / Benjamin Henson / Andrew Foster
  • 2019
  • CRINGE WORTHY!
  • Randy Rogers
  • Circa Theatre
  • Self Directed
  • 2018
  • PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
  • Simon Bridges
  • Bats Theatre
  • Isobel McKinnon
  • 2018
  • SEED (NZ Tour)
  • The Man
  • Who: Arts on Tour
  • Kerryn Palmer
  • 2017
  • DESTIVATION BEEHIVE 2017
  • Various
  • Circa Theatre
  • Lorde Parry & Pinky Agnew
  • 2017
  • ALLERGIC TO LOVE: CURSE OF THE 80s
  • Tom
  • NZ, US, Mexico and Fiji Tour
  • Tom Knowles
  • 2017
  • SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER
  • DJ Monty / Club Singer
  • Ben McDonald Productions
  • Lyndee-Jane Rutherford
  • 2016
  • HINEPAU
  • Pori/Kopu
  • Capital E
  • Jamie McCaskill
  • 2016
  • STAG WEEKEND
  • Gary
  • Centrepoint Theatre
  • Jeff Kingsford-Brown
  • 2016
  • GREASE
  • Jonny Casino & Teen Angel
  • Ben MacDonald Productions
  • Lynne-Jane Rutherford
  • 2015
  • LITLE SHOP OF HORRORS
  • Various
  • Live Live Theatre
  • Oliver Driver
  • 2015
  • GUYS AND DOLLS
  • Brandy Bottle Bates/Ensemble
  • Auckland Theatre Company
  • Raymond Hawthorne
  • 2014
  • MR MCGEE AND THE BITING FLEA
  • Old Tom & Milton
  • Capitol E - NZ Tour
  • Dave Brown
  • 2013
  • GO SOLO
  • Holy Hill
  • Toi Whakaari
  • 2013
  • EARTHQUAKES IN LONDON
  • Daniel, Businessman, Youngman
  • Toi Whakaari
  • 2012
  • THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT
  • Judge Frank Littlefield
  • Toi Whakaari
  • 2012
  • AKI
  • Self
  • Toi Whakaari
  • 2012
  • DUNSINANE
  • MacDuff
  • Toi Whakaari
  • 2011
  • THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
  • Petruchio
  • Toi Whakaari

  • MUSICAL THEATRE
  • YEAR
  • PRODUCTION
  • ROLE
  • COMPANY/VENUE
  • DIRECTOR
  • 2021
  • ONCE
  • Ensemble
  • Court Theatre
  • Mel Luckman
  • 2020
  • THE BRIEF AND FRIGHTENING REIGN ON PHIL
  • Phil
  • New Zealand Festival of the Arts & The Royal National Theatre (UK)
  • Lyndsey Turner
  • 2019
  • WE WILL ROCK YOU
  • Brit
  • Clarence St Theatre Trust
  • David Sidwell
  • 2013
  • FOOTLOOSE
  • Singer
  • Lower Hutt Musical Theatre
  • 2012
  • ASSASSINS
  • John Hinckley Jr
  • Toi Whakaari
  • 2009
  • WEST SIDE STORY
  • Chorus
  • MCT
  • 2009
  • HISTORY BOYS
  • Rudge
  • Boat House Theatre
  • 2008
  • CATS
  • Rum Tum Tugger
  • MCT
  • 2008
  • BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
  • Gaston
  • MCT
  • 2008
  • GREASE
  • Danny Zuko/Vince Fontaine
  • MCT
  • 2008
  • BY JEEVES
  • Bertam Wooster
  • MCT
  • 2007
  • WARCHILD
  • Lead Singer/Actor
  • MCT
  • 2007
  • DAUGHTERS OF HEAVEN
  • Lawyer
  • Boat House Theatre
  • 2006
  • RATS
  • Rat Pack Leader
  • Marlbrough Technology Centre
  • 2006
  • BATS
  • Cecil
  • Blenhiem Musical Theatre Rooms
  • 2006
  • A FUNNY THING HAPPENED TO ME ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM
  • Protean
  • Blenhiem Musical Theatre Rooms
  • 2006
  • JOHNNY THE MUSICAL
  • Al
  • Marlbrough Technology Centre
  • 2005
  • BACK TO THE EIGHTIES
  • Michael
  • MCT
  • 2004
  • FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
  • Company
  • MCT
  • 2004
  • FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
  • Company
  • MCT
  • 2001
  • CHILDREN OF EDEN
  • Choir
  • MCT
  • 2000
  • JOURNEY
  • Lead
  • MCT

  • WEB SERIES
  • YEAR
  • PRODUCTION
  • ROLE
  • COMPANY/VENUE
  • DIRECTOR
  • 2017
  • MAORI SIDE STEPS - Season 2
  • Pakeha Quicksteps
  • Maori TV
  • Jamie McCaskill
  • 2016
  • MAORI SIDE STEPS
  • Dale
  • Maori Television
  • Jamie McCaskill

  • OTHER
  • YEAR
  • PRODUCTION
  • ROLE
  • COMPANY/VENUE
  • DIRECTOR
  • 2020
  • 24 HOUR MONOLOGUE CHALLENGE
  • Actor
  • Centrepoint Theatre
  • 2010
  • ALADDIN (Dance Production)
  • The Prince Naveen
  • MCT
  • 2008
  • NICOLA AND JEREMY
  • Choreographer
  • MCT
  • 2007
  • ZOMBIED
  • Choreographer
  • MTC


  • TRAINING
  • 2010 - Writing and Performing Rock Band workshop
  • 2010 - Vocals on Stage
  • 2011 - Voice for Radio - Radio NZ
  • 2011 - Casting Auditions workshop with Tina Cleary
  • 2011 - Vocals in Jazz
  • 2012 - Musical Theatre Singing
  • 2012 - Voice for Film
  • 2013 - Internship in London's West End

  • RELEVANT SKILLS
  • Highly Skilled - Cricket, Rugby, Drums, Guitar, Bass, Singing, Trumpet. Basic - Ballet. Full Drivers License. Accents - Standard American, Cockney, Australian, Kiwi, Scottish, English RP
  • Guest Tutor at Massey University Acting Program
  • Guest Acting Tutor at Marlborough Girls College