Tommy Noonan

ADF Debut


Sheafer Theater

Sunday, June 18, 5:00pm
Monday, June 19, 8:00pm

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John is a new solo by North Carolina native Tommy Noonan, based in part on The Illustrated Biography of John Travolta, as well as on figures such as TV audience warmup-artist Jay Flats, motivational speaker Tony Robbins, and other various televangelists, late-night infomercial personalities, talking heads, entertainers, and politicians.

This show contains language and themes which may not be suitable for younger children.

Tommy Noonan is a director, choreographer, and performer currently based in Saxapahaw, NC. His work has been presented extensively throughout Germany, France, Portugal, Poland, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, and Mexico. He was awarded a DanceWEB scholarship to attend ImPulsTanz in 2006. In 2008 he was a finalist for the Rolex Mentor and Protogé Arts Initiative in the field of Dance. in 2009 he was a contributor to Forum PRISMA in Mexico City. Tommy has written texts for publication in Revisita Obscena (Portugal), Freies Theater Journal (Austria), and the Performance Journal (New York City). His lecture “Disorganized Organization” was given in Istanbul for Team Network’s 2008 symposium on cultural management with support from the Goethe Institute.

He directed The Engagement for the Maxim Gorki Theater’s Heinrich von Kleist festival in Berlin and continues to tour his works such as Wilderness, What Doesn’t Work, and Brother Brother. He recently collaborated with Movoir/Stephanie Thiersch in the creation of the installation: Memory Machine for Tanzhaus-nrw in Düsseldorf, as well as with Dennis Deter for Blow Boys Blow, which premiered at Uferstudios, Berlin, Germany in February 2016. As a performer, Tommy has collaborated with Grayson Millwood and Gavin Webber in the creation of Food Chain, which premiered in Australia’s Sydney Festival in January 2011. He has also appeared in the works of Graham Smith, Tom Schneider, and Joachim Schlömer. His research and work in public space performance has been seen in the collaboration Area, with Georg Hobmeier. His conversations on performance and public space have appeared in the acclaimed Guidebook of Alternative Nows.

Tommy regularly teaches classes and workshops both internationally as well as locally in North Carolina (the American Dance Festival Studios, Carolina Friends School, University of North Carolina graduate program in Theater Studies, and Elon University). He is also co-director of Culture Mill, a non-profit organization based in Saxapahaw, NC, dedicated to fostering creative community and collaboration through artist residencies, education and innovative artistic projects.