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2016 Waru, 'Jason'
Brown Sugar Apple Grunt Productions Limited, dir. various
2016 Pork Pie 'Bongo'
Four Knights, Dir. Matt Murphy


2015 Jono & Ben, 'Sorry Parody Sketch Dancer'
MediaWorks TV
2013 Super City II, 'Brendon'
Super Fumes Ltd, Dir. Oscar Kightley
2013 Shortland Street, 'Simon Sweeny'
South Pacific Pictures, Various directors

2010 Super City, 'Rain'
Super Fumes Ltd, Dir. Taika Waititi
2007 Shortland Street, 'Dwayne'
South Pacific Pictures, Dir. Angela Bloomfield


2015 Snap, Crackle, Pop, 'Various'
Basement Theatre / NZ International Comedy Festival
2015 Terror Highway, 'Ensemble'
Montecristo Room / NZ Comedy Festival, Choreography / Dirs. Lara Fischel-Chisholm & Tom Sainsbury
2014 Purple Rainbow, 'Ensemble'
Basement Theatre / Dynamotion, Dirs. Lara Fischel-Chisholm & Thomas Sainsbury
2013 Dolly Mixture, 'Crispin Merriweather'
2013 YETI Trilogy, 'Tom'
BATS / Basement Theatre, Dir. Sophie Roberts
2013 Speakeasy 3, 'Various'
Basement Theatre
2013 Janeece Gunton: Herstory, 'Travis'
Basement Theatre
2013 Terror Planet, 'Ensemble'
Basement Theatre, Choreography / Dirs. Lara Fischel-Chisholm & Tom Sainsbury
2013 Dolly Mixture, 'Crispin Merriweather'
Basement Theatre (return season)
2013 Dolly Mixture, 'Crispin Merriweather'
Basement Theatre / Auckland Fringe Festival
2012 Dinner with the Devil, 'Pandu / Tezuko / Reba / Mohammed'
Basement Theatre, Dir. Renee Lyons
2012 Speakeasy, 'Bradley / Trayson / Various'
Basement Theatre
2012 Yeti is Dead / I am Tom, 'Tom'
NZ International Comedy Festival
2011 Crims, 'Louis / Shop Owner / Dad'
Basement Theatre, Dir. Abigail Greenwood
2011 Six Sides, 'Thomas'
Herald Theatre / Short+Sweet Auckland, Dir. Aidee Walker
2011 Dan Is Dead / I Am A Yeti, 'Tom'
Basement Theatre, Dir. Sophie Roberts
2011 Joseph & Mahina, 'Joseph / Various'
Basement Theatre / BATS, Dir. Hera Dunleavy

2010 Dance Troupe Supreme, 'Sean James'
Maidment Theatre, Dir. Thomas Sainsbury
2010 Idiots 2: Back to School, 'Mr Stevens'
Te Karanga Gallery, Dir. Ash Jones
2010 Stranger Things 2, 'Tom'
Basement Theatre, Dir. Lara Fischel-Chisholm


2011 Plimpton, 'Matt Plimpton' (lead)
Fleet St. Productions, Dir. Andrew Hedley
2011 Jeffery, 'Steven'
Fleet St. Productions, Dir. Paul Scantlebury


2011 Best Cross Gender Acting of the Year nomination for 'Joseph & Mahina'
Hackman Theatre Awards

2011 Outstanding NZ Play of the Year nomination for 'Joseph & Mahina'
Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards


2016 McDonalds
NZ, 3 months
2013 McDonalds
NZ, 3 months
2007 Moisen Dry


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Comedian, Actor & Writer Tom Sainsbury was a named 'Herald Entertainer of the year' 2020. This came after years of creating comedic social media content, writing the comedy book New Zealanders: A Field Guide and starring in local TV shows Wellington Paranormal and The Educators. The skills these require make Tom the perfect partner for social collaborations. Tom specialises in creating original characters and is a master in placing his unique flavour into campaigns for brands & causes he aligns with. Since then he has become a regular on New Zeland television with Snackmasters and Give Us A Clue.

He came into prominence in 2017 by using Snapchat and short video content to satirise New Zealand politicians. He has since expanded to parodying New Zealanders of all walks of life on his Facebook page. He can cater or originate characters to specific products or causes.

Tom has also written scripts for Wellington Paranormal and the emmy-winning iNside and has been on the writer's tables for Golden Boy, The Creamerie and Kid Sister. He has also written many theatre shows including Comedy Festival favourites Camping and Giggly Gerties. Tom very much enjoys being at the grassroots of a campaign and likes formulating the whole rollout with the client.


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