Tommy Misa is an Australian multidisciplinary artist of Samoan, British, Chinese and German ancestry. Tommy often devises work with focus on the intersections of lived experience and with common themes of race, class, mental health, addiction and queerness, often using humour as an approach. Tommy has trained at the Atlantic Acting School in NYC and locally at NIDA, The Hub Studio and the Australian Theatre for Young People. Tommy has worked across film, theatre and extensively in the queer club/performance scene in Australia and has performed at the Sydney Opera House, Secret Garden Festival, Sydney Mardi Gras and for Gay Times Festival and the Sydney Biennale in 2020.
A few screen credits include feature film I Am Woman directed by Unjoo Moon for Goalpost pictures, as Sam in queer web series Spectrum and in Love Object directed by Angela Tiatia by Finch Films for the Cuban Biennale. Tommy regularly writes and performs content for Buzzfeed and is currently developing a serialised show with Buzzfeed Australia. Tommy’s theatre credits include Fatia in Te Molimau (Belvoir 25A), Dane in Silent Disco (New Theatre), and various characters in Q Theatre’s 2018 Young Artist ensemble Originate. Tommy has also worked as a model for brands Air New Zealand and American Express, among others. Tommy is currently writing a one person comedy show He’s Niche for Sydney 2019 Fringe Festival, and a web series of the same name. Tommy presented Nafanua as a short work as part of the 2019 Queer Nu Work development program at PACT in partnership with Sydney Mardi Gras and Performance Space.