Originally planning to be a biologist, Tom graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge before training in theatre design at the Slade School of Art. He was then lucky to be able to assist on Peter Brook’s production of the Tempest, before beginning to work in fringe and regional theatres. His collaboration with Michael Boyd began in the early 90s with pantos at the Tron theatre Glasgow, followed by a production of Macbeth which brought them to the attention of the RSC. He has since designed over thirty productions at the RSC, including the epic 8 play Histories cycle, which won the Olivier for best costume design. As Associate Designer for the company he has been heavily involved in the design of the temporary courtyard theatre and the new RST and is proud to have set up a trainee designer scheme to give young designers their first chance to experience large scale work. He also works freelance for numerous theatres such as the Abbey Dublin, Traverse, Dundee rep and recently on the Bridge project productions of As you like it and the Tempest. As a relief from all the Shakespeare he is currently planning world domination with Zorro the musical. He is married with five children, all girls!