Thomas was born in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1952. In 1967, when the regional theatre movement was at its height, Stage/West opened for business on The Eastern States Exposition grounds in his hometown of West Springfield. He was hired to sweep the aisles, and from that day his vocation was never in doubt. The leading lady and matriarch of that company was Ruth Nelson, a founding member of the legendary Group Theatre of the 1930's. It was through her guidance that the young Mr. Caron was to learn his craft from the 20th century theatre's most distinguished teachers, namely Harold Clurman, Sanford Meisner, Robert Lewis, Stella Adler, and Lee Strasberg.
Mr. Caron has appeared before New York audiences in the title roles of "King Lear" (two productions), "Hamlet" (two productions), "Timon of Athens,""Macbeth,""Richard the Second,", and "The Misanthrope," as well as Leontes in "The Winter's Tale" (two productions), Romeo in "Romeo and Juliet," Prospero in "The Tempest," Sir Andrew Aguecheek in "Twelfth Night," the two Dukes in "As You Like It," Konstantine in Chekov's "The Seagull," Oedipus in Cocteau's "The Infernal Machine," The Cardinal in Cocteau's "Bacchus," Speaker in Beckett's "A Piece of Monologue," and many other classical and contemporary roles.
He is the founder of The Town Cow Theater Company of Concord, Massachusetts, a free outdoor theater in Anne Chamberlin Park, named for the fact that colonial Concord kept a town cow for the use of the less fortunate. He is the director of The Concord Players Shakespeare Workshop. He made his on-stage debut with The Concord Players as Leroy, the misfit handyman in Bad Seed.
Thomas Caron, Manager