Administration Moores Opera House

Thom Guthrie

Designer and House Manager, Moores Opera Center

e-mail:tguthrie@uh.edu
office: MSM 106
office phone: (713)743-3305
address: 120 School of Music Bldg, Houston, TX 77204-4017

Thom Guthrie began his professional theatre career at the Houston Music Theatre on May 8, 1967. From his first professional show, West Side Story, to The Dangerous Liaisons at the Moores Opera House, his career has taken him to over forty states, Canada and the British Isles. His design and production credits include shows and countless dance concerts, night club acts and industrial shows. He has had the privilege of working with Ginger Rodgers, Betty Grable, Ann Miller, Debbie Reynolds, Martha Raye, Jane Powell, Pearl Bailey, Juliet Prowse, Van Johnson, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, John Raight, Andy Devine, directors Donald Driver and Douglas Campbell, and choreographers Tommy Tune and Michael Bennett. During his years in Los Angeles he made good friends with film legends Eleanor Powell and Hermes Pan and gained from them tremendous insight into the golden years of Hollywood. After returning to Houston from Los Angeles in 1987 Mr. Guthrie has worked as a guest designer for College of the Mainland, Rice University, The University of Houston, The Houston Shaw Festival, Houston Community College, Houston Grand Opera/ Opera to Go, Centre Stage, Main Street Theatre and Stages.

Mr. Guthrie attended Houston Baptist College and the University of Houston before receiving his formal design training at the Banff School of Fine Arts in Canada. While there he attended the first International Symposium on Sceneography with Ming Cho Lee and Josef Swoboda and a series of Master Classes with Dr. Swoboda. Mr. Guthrie has taught design and painting seminars at various theatre festivals and painting for photography for regional conventions of the Professional Photographers of America.

Mr. Guthrie lists among his proudest accomplishments his work on the world premier of Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles (Minneapolis, 1976), The Kentucky Cycle for College of the Mainland, Oklahoma for Centre Stage, A Delicate Balance, Broken Glass, She Loves Me, and Below The Belt for Stages Repertory Theatre. Mr. Guthrie's design for The Pitchfork Disney at Stages was name "Best in Houston, 1999" by the Houston Press. Mr. Guthrie received the 1999 Garland Award from "Backstage" West Magazine for his set design for I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change.

On June 10, 1997, Mayor Bob Lanier and the Houston City Council declared Thom Guthrie Day in recognition of Mr. Guthrie's thirty years in professional theatre.