René Thornton Jr.

rene thornton jr american shakespeare center

Member of of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA).


More than 137 roles in 113 productions, including the title roles in Coriolanus; King Lear; Edward II; Timon of Athens; The Merchant of Venice; Pericles; Doctor Faustus; Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2; and Othello (twice); Malvolio in Twelfth Night; Prospero in The Tempest; Scandal in Love for Love; Crumpet in The Santaland Diaries; Prospero in Return to the Forbidden Planet; Brutus in Julius Caesar; Aeneas in Dido, Queen of Carthage; Jack in The Importance of Being Earnest; Quince (2015), Oberon (2009), Titania (2004) in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses; Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew and The Tamer Tamed.


Buckingham in Richard III (TWAS Productions, NYC); Aeneas in Troilus and Cressida, Gloucester in Henry V (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Pisanio in Cymbeline, Reuben in Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat (Utah Shakespearean Festival); Achilles in Troilus and Cressida (Wisconsin Shakespeare Festival); Belize in Angels in America: Millenium Approaches and Perestroika (Salt Lake Acting Company – Utah Premiere); “Adam” in Compleat Wrks…(Abridged) (Salt Lake Shakespeare).


MFA in Theatre, Professional Theatre Training Program at the University of Delaware; BFA in Theatre, University of Utah.