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Tom Loughlin
“a poor player”

Welcome to my web presence. This is the initial landing page. Here is how to navigate this site

  • New posts are indicated by a highlighted date in the calendar on the sidebar. Clicking on the date will bring you to that date’s post. If you would like to be notified when I write something for this blog, send me an email (see below) and I will add you to my personal email mailing list.
  • In the right sidebar you will see the three categories under All The Blogs that make up the three components of my website. Click on All Posts if you want to view everything in chronological order.

In the past, I have had a scattered internet presence, complete with a few web sites, social media accounts, email addresses, etc. etc. As of June 2018, I am attempting to consolidate my digital footprint into this one site. Here’s the list of general information:

  • SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor/Chair Emeritus, State University of New York Fredonia, Department of Theatre and DanceAcademic CV .
  • Professional actor and director. Member of Actors’ Equity Association. I work primarily within the Buffalo NY theatre community. I have a career-long interest in Shakespeare. Professional acting/directing resume.
  • North of Sixty is my current personal blog, which you can view from the sidebar or main menu.  Posts are infrequent, mostly as the writing spirit moves me.
  • The Entropy Chronicles is a new blog addition as of January 6, 2023. It’s my attempt to observe society from the lens of its state of entropy. See the first post for an explanation.
  • I am a passionate baseball fan. The NY Yankees have been my team since I was 7 years old. I occasionally write about the Yankees and the baseball season in general; entries can be found in The Joy of Baseball.
  • I am teaching myself how to write haiku. Some of my work appears here. If you’d like to read more of my work, contact me.
  • My former theatre blog, a poor player, is now a private archive. Please email me if you would like access.
  • Due to my unwillingness to offer my personal information to unscrupulous corporations in this “surveillance capitalism” climate, I attempt to keep as low an internet presence as possible in a quixotic attempt to preserve what little personal privacy is left to any of us. Other than this blog, I do not maintain any social media presence. Email remains the best way to contact me. Email is therivertao at duck dawt com. Please email me for any further contact information.
  • This blog operates under a Creative Commons License. I use an Attribution/Non-commercial/No Derivative form of the license, which means that you are allowed to download my work and share it with others as long you credit me, but you can’t change the work in any way or use it commercially. See the Creative Commons link in the footer for more information. Because I use this license, I consider this a platform for sharing and not publishing. If you wish to use any of my work commercially (such as a print publication that is for sale), and/or would like to compensate me for such use, please email me. Compensation is not, however, a prerequisite for commercial use.
  • I enjoy hiking, camping, riding my ebike and my Honda Trail 125, and traveling in my RV. I don’t get to do enough of any of this.

Current projects

  • I host a bi-weekly podcast for the 1891 Fredonia Opera House in Fredonia NY. Notes from the Aisle Seat covers events at the Opera House, as well as happenings in the arts scene in northern Chautauqua County. New episodes drop every other Wednesday. Give it a follow!
  • I’m invested in Take 5 Studios in Rochester NY (run by my son Eric). We recently produced a 5-actor staged reading of MacBeth from Thursday-Saturday Oct. 26-28, 2023. We are currently considering our future options. In the meantime, check out the website if you’re interested in classes or one-on-one coaching and are in the Rochester area.
  • For the second year in a row, I will be working with the fine folks at the Lake Shore Center for the Arts in Westfield, NY. I will be part of the production team producing the Second Annual Juicebox Organic One-Act Play Festival, directing two of the productions and performing in a third. The LSCFA is a lovely performance venue featuring a small theatre, a small recital hall, an art gallery, and an innovation studio for the production of audio and video work. The Festival runs July 26-28, 2024.
  • Occasional volunteer gigs with the Brainstormers of Western NY. Performances started up again as of July 2021.



“…a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more..

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