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Thom Sesma

 
Bio:
"I was born in Sasebo, Japan, and raised in San Diego, California. My dad was an American Naval officer and my mother was from a traditional Japanese family. I attended UC San Diego where I studied Modern European Intellectual History. Fully convinced that my degree had somehow qualified me for a ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
"I was born in Sasebo, Japan, and raised in San Diego, California. My dad was an American Naval officer and my mother was from a traditional Japanese family. I attended UC San Diego where I studied Modern European Intellectual History. Fully convinced that my degree had somehow qualified me for a ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Off-Broadway]
Playwrights Horizons Off-Broadway Premiere, 2020
Doctor
  [Off-Broadway]
Second Stage Theater World Premiere, 2019
Vic
  [Off-Broadway]
Gingold Theatrical Group Reading, 2018
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Classic Stage Company Off-Broadway Revival, 2018
Givola
  [Off-Broadway]
One Night Only Concert Presentation Production, 2017
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Concert Presentation, 2017
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Primary Stages Production, 2017
Leo Tolstoy
  [Off-Broadway]
Classic Stage Company Off-Broadway Revival, 2017
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Transfer from London Production, 2016
Sweeney Todd [Replacement]
  [Regional (US)]
5th Avenue Theatre Production, 2015
Chao-Khun
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2014
Gary
  [Off-Broadway]
2007
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2006
Captain Ahrab
  [San Diego, CA (Regional)]
World Premiere, 2006
Capt. Arab
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2002
Juan
Dr. Carrasco (Understudy)
  [Off-Broadway]
2001
Montano
  [St. Paul, MN (Regional)]
World Premiere, 1999
Lord Capulet
  [Off-Broadway]
1998
Caius Lucius
  [Off-Broadway]
1998
Performer
  [Broadway]
0
Randall Lee (Standby)
  [Broadway]
1992
Lee
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1991
Yukido
Performer
  [Regional (US)]
Regional Production, 1990
Ruben
Ensemble
Photographer
  [Off-Broadway]
1989
Criminal
  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 1989
The Prince
  [Off-Broadway]
1989
Root Choyce
  [Off-Broadway]
1988
The Prince
  [Off-Broadway]
1988
Priest
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1983
Pepe [Replacement]
Jacob (Understudy) [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Closed on the road, 1983
Performer

Photos

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Thom Sesma, and David Strathairn Photo

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Thom Sesma, and David Strathairn

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04/08/2022
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01/13/2022
Thom Sesma, Kelvin Moon Loh Photo

Thom Sesma, Kelvin Moon Loh

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01/13/2022
Tami Dahbura, Thom Sesma Photo

Tami Dahbura, Thom Sesma

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01/13/2022

 

Stage

Performances
  [Off-Broadway]
Playwrights Horizons Off-Broadway Premiere, 2020
Doctor

  [Off-Broadway]
Second Stage Theater World Premiere, 2019
Vic

  [Off-Broadway]
Gingold Theatrical Group Reading, 2018
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
Classic Stage Company Off-Broadway Revival, 2018
Givola

  [Off-Broadway]
One Night Only Concert Presentation Production, 2017
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
Concert Presentation, 2017
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
Primary Stages Production, 2017
Leo Tolstoy

  [Off-Broadway]
Classic Stage Company Off-Broadway Revival, 2017
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Transfer from London Production, 2016
Sweeney Todd [Replacement]

  [Regional (US)]
5th Avenue Theatre Production, 2015
Chao-Khun

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2014
Gary

  [Off-Broadway]
2007
Performer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2006
Captain Ahrab

  [San Diego, CA (Regional)]
World Premiere, 2006
Capt. Arab

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2002
Juan

Dr. Carrasco (Understudy)

  [Off-Broadway]
2001
Montano

  [St. Paul, MN (Regional)]
World Premiere, 1999
Lord Capulet

  [Off-Broadway]
1998
Caius Lucius

  [Off-Broadway]
1998
Performer

  [Broadway]
0
Randall Lee (Standby)

  [Broadway]
1992
Lee

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1991
Yukido

Performer

  [Regional (US)]
Regional Production, 1990
Ruben

Ensemble

Photographer

  [Off-Broadway]
1989
Criminal

  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 1989
The Prince

  [Off-Broadway]
1989
Root Choyce

  [Off-Broadway]
1988
The Prince

  [Off-Broadway]
1988
Priest

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1983
Pepe [Replacement]

Jacob (Understudy) [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Closed on the road, 1983
Performer

Thom Sesma Biography

"I was born in Sasebo, Japan, and raised in San Diego, California. My dad was an American Naval officer and my mother was from a traditional Japanese family. I attended UC San Diego where I studied Modern European Intellectual History. Fully convinced that my degree had somehow qualified me for a life in show business, I began my acting career not long after, moving to New York where I made my Broadway debut in the original production of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES. Since then I’ve managed to spend most of my life in rehearsal studios, on stages large and small, in front of cameras on tv and film sets around the country, in works ranging from classical theatre to splashy musical comedies, from police procedurals and hospital dramas to soap operas and sitcoms.

I’m very proud of my Basque-American and Japanese heritage, and I am a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion in every field of our profession. The challenges that I’ve faced as an actor of color have influenced and continue to influence my work in what I hope are positive ways, and if that has changed even one person’s mind - one who could never before have imagined an Asian-American Sweeney Todd, or an Asian-American Tolstoy, or a designer of RMS Titanic, a Christie murder mystery suspect with an incomprehensible Italian accent, or a drag queen in St Tropez, any of whom could be portrayed by an Asian American - that will be enough."

Thom Sesma Awards and Nominations

 
The Lortels - 2018 - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Thom Sesma, Pacific Overtures
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2014 - Outstanding Lead Actor, Resident Musical
Thom SesmaMiss Saigon

Thom Sesma News

KIMBERLY AKIMBO, ORATORIO FOR LIVING THINGS, and More Take Home 2022 Lucille Lortel A Photo KIMBERLY AKIMBO, ORATORIO FOR LIVING THINGS, and More Take Home 2022 Lucille Lortel Awards; Full List!
by Nicole Rosky - May 1, 2022

The 37th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway was presented on Sunday, May 1, 2022 and we have the full list of winners and nominees!

VIDEO: First Look at GHOSTS at Seattle Rep Photo VIDEO: First Look at GHOSTS at Seattle Rep
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 19, 2022

Seattle Rep is producing Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts, in a new translation by Paul Walsh. Directed by Carey Perloff, featuring Academy Award-nominated actor David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck; A League of Their Own; Nomadland), Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (Scarface), and Thom Sesma (Broadway: The Lion King).

Brenda Braxton, Judith Ivey, Jefferson Mays & More to Join SHAKESPEARE SONNET SOIREE Photo Brenda Braxton, Judith Ivey, Jefferson Mays & More to Join SHAKESPEARE SONNET SOIREE
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 14, 2022

Gingold Theatrical Group today announced that¬†Brenda Braxton, Alison Frasier, Harriet Harris, David Lee Huynh, Judith Ivey, Jefferson Mays, Charlotte Moore, Thom Sesma, Renee Taylor, Jon Patrick Walker, Karen Ziemba,¬†and more¬†will join the¬†SHAKESPEARE SONNET SOIR√ČE¬†in honor of Shakespeare‚Äôs 458th birthday.

 Photo
by Marissa Tomeo - Apr 9, 2022

Photos: First Look at GHOSTS at Seattle Rep Photo Photos: First Look at GHOSTS at Seattle Rep
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 8, 2022

Take a look at the first photos from Seattle Rep's production of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts, in a new translation by Paul Walsh. Directed by Carey Perloff, featuring Academy Award-nominated actor David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck; A League of Their Own; Nomadland), Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (Scarface), and Thom Sesma (Broadway: The Lion King).

BWW Review: GHOSTS at the Seattle Rep Photo BWW Review: GHOSTS at the Seattle Rep
by Jay Irwin - Apr 7, 2022

To say that Henrik Ibsen‚Äôs play ‚ÄúGhosts‚ÄĚ, currently playing at the Seattle Rep as translated from the Norwegian by Paul Walsh, is bleak is an understatement to say the least. A play filled with secrets, lies, infidelities, sexual assault, venereal disease, incest, and euthanasia to mention just a few, sounds like enough bleak to bring anyone down. And while this sounds like a horrible evening at the theater, the superb cast including a couple of notable powerhouses, make the bleakness engaging and, dare I say, entertaining.

KIMBERLY AKIMBO & ORATORIO FOR LIVING THINGS Lead Nominations for 2022 Lucille Lortel Photo KIMBERLY AKIMBO & ORATORIO FOR LIVING THINGS Lead Nominations for 2022 Lucille Lortel Awards
by Nicole Rosky - Apr 7, 2022

Nominations for the 37th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway were announced today by theatre veterans Lilli Cooper and Lea DeLaria, stars of Broadway’s POTUS. With COVID safety in mind, rather than having one host and multiple presenters, this year the Awards will be handed out by a few Host/Presenter pairs on Sunday, May 1, 2022 at NYU Skirball beginning at 7:00pm EST. The Lucille Lortel Awards are produced by the Off-Broadway League and Lucille Lortel Theatre, with additional support provided by TDF.

Reg Rogers, Laila Robins & Justin 'Squigs' Robertson Join IRISH POETRY SLAM Photo Reg Rogers, Laila Robins & Justin 'Squigs' Robertson Join IRISH POETRY SLAM
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 10, 2022

David Staller, Artistic Director of Gingold Theatrical Group, today announced additional guest stars for the Irish Poetry Slam: Tony Award nominee Reg Rogers, Drama Desk Award winner Laila Robins, and acclaimed illustrator and caricaturist Justin 'Squigs' Robertson will join the previously announced an all-star company.

Seattle Rep to Stage New Translation of Ibsen's GHOSTS Photo Seattle Rep to Stage New Translation of Ibsen's GHOSTS
by Marissa Tomeo - Mar 4, 2022

This spring, Seattle Rep will produce Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts, in a new translation by Paul Walsh. Directed by Carey Perloff (Seattle Rep: A Thousand Splendid Suns) and set to feature Academy Award-nominated actor David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck; A League of Their Own; Nomadland), Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (Scarface), and Thom Sesma (Broadway: The Lion King), Ghosts will be performed on the Bagley Wright stage from April 1-May 1, 2022; single tickets and digital access may be purchased online.

Tyne Daly, Midori Francis, Julie Halston & More to Take Part in IRISH POETRY SLAM Photo Tyne Daly, Midori Francis, Julie Halston & More to Take Part in IRISH POETRY SLAM
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 22, 2022

David Staller, Artistic Director of Gingold Theatrical Group, today announced that in lieu of the 2022 Golden Shamrock Gala, GTG would celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish Poetry Slam, live online on Thursday March 17th, 6pm - 7:30pm EDT.

Thom Sesma Videos

VIDEO: First Look at GHOSTS at Seattle Rep VideoVIDEO: First Look at GHOSTS at Seattle Rep
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 19, 2022

Seattle Rep is producing Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts, in a new translation by Paul Walsh. Directed by Carey Perloff, featuring Academy Award-nominated actor David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck; A League of Their Own; Nomadland), Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (Scarface), and Thom Sesma (Broadway: The Lion King).

VIDEO: Go Inside A SHERLOCK CAROL, Opening Tonight! VideoVIDEO: Go Inside A SHERLOCK CAROL, Opening Tonight!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 22, 2021

dYou can now see video of A Sherlock Carol, a new holiday play, written and directed by Mark Shanahan (NPR's Ghost Light Series), and opening tonight, Monday, November 22, 2021 for a limited holiday engagement at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street). The final performance is Sunday, January 2, 2022.

VIDEO: GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE Stars Ali Ewoldt, Karl Josef Co, and Diane Phelan Perform 'I VideoVIDEO: GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE Stars Ali Ewoldt, Karl Josef Co, and Diane Phelan Perform 'I've Decided to Marry You'
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 26, 2021

Get a peek at the smash CollaborAzian's production of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder premiered this month on Broadway On Demand to wide success. Get a sneak peek at the virtual performance.

VIDEO: The Cast of CollaborAzian's A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER Visits Back VideoVIDEO: The Cast of CollaborAzian's A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER Visits Backstage LIVE with Richard Ridge- Watch Now!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Jul 10, 2021

Watch below as he chats with Karl Josef Co, Diane Phelan, and Cindy Cheung- three of the cast members and creators of CollaborAzian's A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, which will stream on July 15th (7pm ET) benefitting StopAAPIHate.org. 

VIDEO: Trailer for All-Asian A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER VideoVIDEO: Trailer for All-Asian A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 2, 2021

Tony Award Winner and Disney Legend Lea Salonga will make a special appearance as the host of CollaborAzian's production of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder on July 15th, 2021. The abridged version of Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak's musical is directed by Sesame Street's Alan Muraoka and features an all-Asian American cast and production team. Check out a just-released trailer!

VIDEO: Ann Harada, Marc delaCruz, Anthony Lee Medina, and More Perform Monologue From VideoVIDEO: Ann Harada, Marc delaCruz, Anthony Lee Medina, and More Perform Monologue From OUR TOWN
by Stage Tube - Jul 10, 2020

Olivia Oguma has created a new video featuring performers reciting a monologue from Our Town, titled 'their town. OUR town.'

BWW Exclusive: Listen to Josh dela Cruz & Raymond J Lee Sing from AMERICAN MORNING! VideoBWW Exclusive: Listen to Josh dela Cruz & Raymond J Lee Sing from AMERICAN MORNING!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 17, 2020

On Friday, June 19, Kate Hall & Gary Lynch and The Lisa Cleff Kurtz and Michael Kurtz Foundation, in association with Less Than Rent Theatre, will release the studio cast recording of American Morning, with book, music and lyrics by Timothy Huang.

VIDEO: Watch Kate Baldwin Perform New Tom Kitt Song from SUPERHERO! VideoVIDEO: Watch Kate Baldwin Perform New Tom Kitt Song from SUPERHERO!
by Paul Smith - Feb 5, 2019

Second Stage Theater has released a sneak peek music video of 'What's Happening to My Boy?' from the World Premiere musical, Superhero. The song is performed by cast member Tony nominee Kate Baldwin, accompanied by composer/lyricist Tom Kitt on the piano. Watch below!

BWW TV: Kate Baldwin, Bryce Pinkham & More Save the Day with a Sneak Peek of Tom Kitt VideoBWW TV: Kate Baldwin, Bryce Pinkham & More Save the Day with a Sneak Peek of Tom Kitt & John Logan's SUPERHERO
by TV - Press Previews - Jan 18, 2019

Second Stage Theater presents an upcoming World Premiere musical, Superhero. The show will begin previews January 31, 2019 at the Tony KiserT heater (305 West 43rd Street) and will officially open on February 28, 2019.

VIDEO: Get a First Listen of New Musical SUPERHERO VideoVIDEO: Get a First Listen of New Musical SUPERHERO
by Stage Tube - Jan 8, 2019

Second Stage Theater has released a sneak peek music video of "I'll Save the Girl," from the upcoming World Premiere musical, SUPERHERO. The song is performed by cast member KYLE McARTHUR, accompanied by composer/lyricist TOM KITT on the piano. Watch below!


Thom Sesma Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Thom Sesma been in?
Thom Sesma has appeared on Broadway in 8 shows.

How many West End shows has Thom Sesma been in?
Thom Sesma has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Thom Sesma been nominated for?
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (The Lortels) for Pacific Overtures and Outstanding Lead Actor, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Miss Saigon .