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Thomas Kail
Thomas Kail

Thomas Kail

Back House Productions

New York, NY USA

"If there's something that you're interested in, go at it with everything you have."

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Day In The Life

Artistic Director

I produce and direct theatre shows including the musical "Hamilton."

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    American History (United States)

    Wesleyan University

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    He went to Wesleyan University, where he met his collaborator Anthony Veneziale.

  • 2.

    Anthony invited him to help write the humor section of the campus newspaper.

  • 3.

    The two of them worked on that together for six months, then they wrote a piece that was so bad that they got fired.

  • 4.

    He graduated with a degree in American history, but he was really interested in producing shows through the theater department.

  • 5.

    After school, he struck a deal with his parents: he'd pursue his theater dreams for one year, and if it didn't work out, he'd come home.

  • 6.

    He moved to New Jersey to be closer to New York City, and he subsisted mostly off of tomato soup and tuna fish.

  • 7.

    The two eventually synced back up to open Back House Productions, which later produced Tony-award winner, In the Heights.

  • 8.

    Says you'll never know if you're truly on the right path, but if you feel a spark, you're probably in the right place.