Executive Director

Thomas Cavanagh

With 20 years of experience in live production, Thomas’ career scales the vast terrain of production and performance. Working with BANDALOOP since 1998, Thomas is trained in producing, 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 response, and 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 scaled the walls of spaces both natural and man-made, urban and rural, commercial and historic, public and secluded. Past and current collaborators include: GES, Ovation TV, American Express, The US Embassy in India, Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, The European Capital of Culture Festival, Walt Disney Entertainment, Toyota, IBM, The Boojum Institute, The Great Wall of Oakland, Il Suoni delle Dolomiti in Trento, Italy, the National Heritage Board of Singapore, CBS, and The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

In addition to his work with BANDALOOP, Thomas is a treasurer of the Board of Directors of Oil Change International – an organization focused on exposing true costs of fossil fuels and facilitating the transition toward clean energy. He is also the current tactical advisor and past tenure financial manager for Amazon Watch, a non-profit dedicated to protecting the environment and indigenous people of the Amazon Basin. As a police negotiator and 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 and operations director, then as Director of External Affairs and Show Production, and now as the Executive Director.