Thomas Poarch is an award-winning actor/writer/producer living in New York. He has played classical roles from Shakespeare to the contemporary Ionesco, lead roles in classic and new American musicals, as well as numerous contract/co-starring roles for daytime and primetime TV. He has written for the stage and small screen, with his work being produced in Los Angeles and New York.
Some of his notable TV credits include co-starring roles on “Unforgettable” (CBS), “Gossip Girl” (CW), “Blue Bloods” (CBS), “One Life To Live” (ABC), “As The World Turns” (CBS), “All My Children” (ABC), and “Home Court” (Nickelodeon). He has starred in over 50 commercials for such brands as Mercedes-Benz, Coca-Cola, AT&T, Locker Room and Hershey’s Chocolate, and was the national spokesman for Mercury Insurance.
Off-Broadway, he appeared for five years in the hit show, The Awesome 80’s Prom, and originated his roles in the new musicals, The Bardy Bunch, Arnie The Doughnut, Homo The Musical, and Terms of Dismemberment (directed by three-time TONY winner, Hinton Battle). Other theater credits include: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (“Governor”/ national tour); Urban Cowboy (“Marshall”/ Broadway reading); Victor/Victoria (“King Marchan”/ first NYC revival), Obama 44 (“Mel”/ La MaMa), plus new works at The Cherry Lane Theater and The New York Theater Workshop.
Film credits include: several award-winning shorts and indie features, plus the lead role in Shave, a short produced by Oscar-winning, Killer Films.
As a writer, Thomas collaborated with Broadway writer/director, Phillip Oesterman, to write Take This Show and Shove It! - a country-western "soap-Opry" musical comedy. It was premiered in Houston, TX by Broadway producer, Stevie Phillips (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas), and later in Los Angeles at the Cinegrill in The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, and in New York at The 13th Street Theater. Thomas starred in all three productions. Recently, he co-wrote/produced and starred in an original comedy series, Brosephs, which is now being developed for television. Thomas is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America (WGA East).
AEA - SAG/AFTRA - WGAE
“Up stepped our only other reader, [Thomas] Taylor Poarch, a hulking male, an ex-cowboy D.J., the closest thing in the room to John Wayne. Reading Pam in a falsetto voice, he was so good we were tempted to give him the part. I felt sorry for [the other actor], who'd gotten lost in the scene. My advice to young thespians: Never go up against somebody who is both a better actor and a better actress than you are ... He was the voice of all my Texas aunts and uncles at the same time.”
- Aaron Latham (Cowboy Chronicles)
“He takes the stage with a positive intensity that immediately puts the audience at ease."
- Deborah Gibson (Pop music/Broadway star)
"Poarch does a marvelous job as the handsome ex-soldier overcome by wealth and power under Beverly's corrupting influence."
- The Chiselers (StageBuzz)
"He's given me some of the best nights in the theatre... and I've seen A LOT... the way he commands a stage and draws in an audience.
I love him!"
- Phil Oesterman (Broadway writer/director)
"Thomas is one of my favorite actors. From camp to classical, he shines like a true gem. He's got it."
- Melinda Roy (Tony Nominee/former NYCB Principal Ballerina)
"Who, besides Eugene O'Neill perhaps, knew that a pathetic drunk of a father could be so likeable? Thomas Poarch in the drama Monroe Bound, renders a stereotypical Southern-alcoholic-redneck into a captivating and vulnerable man. As Alvin Monroe, Poarch shuffles about the stage as if he were lost, too disoriented by his agonizing memories to know where to step next. When he declares his modest ambitions—he'd like to get a dog—he exposes himself not as a do-nothing deadbeat, but as a guy who just wants a little companionship. And every time he sees his daughter Lexington, gracefully played by Hannah Flint, the tense lines on Poarch's face soften and his beaming smile reveals how unabashedly he adores his child."
Best Actor Award
- Monroe Bound (Allison Taylor)
"'Sidestep,' that fabulously satirical song about politicians and truth, was in the very capable hands of Thomas Taylor Poarch as the Governor of Texas - everything it should be; smooth, slippery and funny."
- The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Jack Neal)