Tom Rocco

About Tom

Tom Rocco is an accomplished actor and singer based in the New York City area. Until recently, his primary focus has been performing…but he’s recently added writer/director to his hyphenate. Last year, he directed the documentary film, A Disney Jr. Chronicle: Frozen, Jr. which tells the tale of a community of over 400 people coming together to put on a middle school production of Frozen, Jr. with a cast of 200! He also wrote the book for a new musical, Capsized Cabaret, which had it’s debut on Long Island in June of ’21 during the pandemic in the open-air Mineola Memorial Park and featured the students of Mineola High School.

As the youngest of seven children, Tom was born with a captive audience. And he’s been captivating audiences, from the stages of his hometown, Pittsburgh, to Broadway ever since.

Tom’s extensive theater credits include Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, Huck Finn in Big River and Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly!. He appeared off-Broadway in Dorian Gray, and toured the country in the first national companies of Chess and The Who’s Tommy, both directed by Des McAnuff. On Broadway, he appeared in Martin Charnin’s Winchell and played numerous roles, including Uncle Ernie, in The Who’s Tommy.

Between theater stints Tom performs in cabaret venues. He’s most recently been making a big splash with his latest show, Restless Soul Syndrome, which enjoyed several sold-out nights in Manhattan’s Metropolitan Room as well as other venues across the country. Prior to that, his first full-length NYC debut, My Big, Fat, Proposition 8 Wedding, won the 2010 MAC Award for Best New York Debut and can be heard on a live recording. His debut show was titled Matters of the Heart and is also available as a recording (see that page for details). He has sung on the New York City cabaret stages of Joe’s Pub, The Metropolitan Room, Don’t Tell Mama, The Laurie Beechman Theatre, The Mainstage at The Broadway Comedy Club, Ars Nova, The Triad, Upstairs at Red and Mama Rose’s. He also has appeared in the sketch comedy revues The News in Revue on PBS and The Campaign Unzipped at the Zipper Theatre in Manhattan.

You can book Tom for his Audition Workshop for your school or performing arts group. He also leads an interactive seminar (that can be tailored for the needs of your organization) on the Art & History of Cabaret. Additionally, he is available for private coaching: acting, acting through song and audition preparation. Tom is a graduate of Point Park University with a BFA in Musical Theater Performance. Tom is a member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA and MAC.

In his down time, he loves hanging out with his better half, Matt, and their dogs, Dexter and Lexie. Tom is an avid gardener and cook, loves to travel and enjoys the company of old and new friends.