Tom was born in Marlborough, Massachusetts to an economist and a psychologist. He studied at Kenyon College and the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver, and apprenticed at the Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Tom has worked for theaters in Austin, Boulder, Denver, Lowell, Milwaukee, Sarasota, Rochester, Cambridge, on Shelter Island, and of course, in New York City.

He has studied with – among others – Larry Hecht, Hilary Blair, and Bob Krakower.