THOMAS CAVANAGH - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
With 25 years of experience in live production and for camera capture, Thomas' career scales the vast terrain of production and performance in the vertical plain. Working with BANDALOOP since 1997, Thomas is field-trained in production, management and logistical roles and brings to BANDALOOP operational, technical and fiscal skills combined with his deeply-rooted belief in and appreciation for the power BANDALOOP's work can bring to the audience and communities it reaches. He is a believer in the empowering and affirming collaboration between nature, space, and the human body exemplified in the work of Amelia Rudolph and the art of perspective-changing vertical dance. Combining this love with his extensive experience in technical production, wilderness medicine urgent response, and site reactive rigging, Thomas nurtures a practical synergy of art and technique, of production and artistry, of expression and purpose. In his collaboration with BANDALOOP, the company has graced the walls of spaces both natural and human-made, urban and rural, commercial and historic, public and secluded. Past and current collaborators include: Multiple UNESCO Heritage Sites, Lionsgate Entertainment, The Jing’An Tower in Shanghai, The Africa Cup, Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, The American Express Foundation, The US Embassies of China, India, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Colombia, and Iceland, The European Capital of Culture, The Fjords of Norway, The National Park Service, The National Endowment for the Arts, Walt Disney Entertainment, Toyota, IBM, CISCO, The Great Wall of Oakland, the National Heritage Board of Singapore, CBS, CNN, MacGillivray Feeman IMAX Films, and The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
In addition to his work with BANDALOOP, Thomas is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Oil Change International - an organization focused on exposing the true costs of fossil fuels and facilitating the transition toward clean energy. He is also a former tactical advisor and tenure financial manager for Amazon Watch, a non-profit dedicated to protecting the environment and indigenous people of the Amazon Basin. As a negotiator and social facilitator in civil actions and public street art, Thomas has attained a reputation for his unique sensitivity and critical intuition. His leadership and his firm belief in the value of non-violent direct action culminates in his passion and dedication for the causes of free public art, social justice, human rights, and environmental preservation. Creative, passionate and visionary, Thomas embarked on his journey with BANDALOOP first as technical rigger and operations director, then as Director of External Affairs and Show Production, and now as the Executive Director.