Wesleyan portrait of Tom  Lock

Tom Lock

Visiting Assistant Professor of Film Studies


BA Columbia University
MBA New York University
MFA Columbia University

Tom Lock

Tom Lock is a New York-based writer, producer, and actor. He began pursuing his professional career while an undergraduate at Columbia University. By the time he was a college senior, he had starred in the independent features Strong Island Boys and Pigeonholed with actors Selma Blair, Chris Noth, Roseanna Arquette, Peter Dinklage and Dean Norris. He guest starred on Law & Order before landing the lead in the primetime drama series, Live Through This for which he received critical acclaim. On stage, Lock has starred in many well received off and off off broadway new works. He has been a long time member of Josh Fox’s International Wow Theater Company, one of the most renowned international and avant-garde theater companies in the world.

When Lock’s father died unexpectedly, he returned to his small hometown in Massachusetts to be with his family. A 6-month visit turned into a 5-year sojourn. To nurture his creative side, he began writing and developing projects. He then sold his first primetime pilot to MTV and stayed on to produce, a journey that prompted him to return to Columbia for his MFA in order to hone his craft on the other side of the camera.

Lock has won awards and recognition for both his feature screenplay, Sincerely, Northeast Mutual, and his one hour pilot, Fenwick, for which he was recognized by the Austin Film Festival and awarded a Special Marquee at The 2016 American Movie Awards. Lock was also awarded the prestigious Michael Hausman/Filmhaus Foundation Award for Excellence in Producing at the 2016 Columbia University Film Festival. Lock produced the acclaimed short comedy, Molly Mayor, starring Scott Adsit (30 Rock) and Tony Award Nominee Sarah Stiles (Hand To God). His short thriller, Held Down By A Shadow, recently screened at Lincoln Center and in London, winning a European Cinematography Award for Best Horror Film. Over the last year, Lock has been excited to collaborate with producer Daniel Raiffe and long time Baz Luhrman collaborator Jeremy Kotin on Love Kills, a dark musical adaptation of the true story behind the Badlands teen killing spree, based on Kyle Jarrow’s (Broadway’s Sponge Bob Square Pants) stage play. When not developing his own projects, Lock works as an independent Story, Script, and Development Consultant on numerous studio and network projects, and has taught screenwriting at Columbia University, Sacred Heart University, and Wesleyan University.

Academic Affiliations


Fall 2020
FILM 454 - 01