Core Faculty

Thomas Murray

MFA, Virginia Tech

I come to the teaching of data communication and community engagement from an arts background rather than a science background. As an artist, I am a practitioner of documentary theatre, where live actors voice non-fiction narratives sourced directly from interviews with real people. We dramatize research and data in a way that becomes compelling to an audience. 

As a teacher of performance, I’ve worked in all kinds of classrooms from high school to college and even juvenile justice facilities. During my graduate studies in theatre at a polytechnic institute, I taught sections of Introduction to Acting, where my undergraduate students were majoring in electrical engineering, computer science, chemistry, or mathematics. The empathetic imagination required to inhabit a character’s story was a departure from their core curricula, but it was wonderful practice for public science communication!

Here at Equitech Futures, I apply my practice of theatre and public dialogue toward building rich and interconnected communities of young innovators. We build the trust necessary to take these leaps together through narrative exercises and collaborative projects. 

Beyond Equitech Futures, I am a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and The Midwives Artistic Collective. I have been honored with fellowships from the National Academy of Sciences and Ping Chong + Company, an artistic apprenticeship with Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and an outstanding alumnus award from Ball State University. My original plays and interviews have been published in ArtsPraxis by New York University and Conversations in Community Change by Virginia Tech.