Tom Maguire is co-founder, Artistic Director, and Principal Actor of Duende.
Tom has more than fifty years experience in professional theater, film, and television. He is a member of Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA unions. In Northern California he has worked with such theaters as San Francisco Poverty Theatre, San Francisco Actors Ensemble, Berkeley Stage Company, Magic Theatre, Eureka Theatre Company, Sierra Repertory Theatre, California Stage, and Stage 3. In San Francisco he premiered Rick Foster’s award-winning play The Heroes of Xochiquipa and later performed the play in Los Angeles. His Southern California theater credits include work with East/West Players, Burbage Theatre, Dynarski Theatre, the Complex, and Santa Monica Playhouse. As Principal Actor for Duende, he took over the one-person play Friendly Fire and toured it throughout California, premiered the one-person shows The Stephen Hill Affair and Seabiscuit, appeared in Wicked Dick Three Eyes, created multiple roles in On Fire!, created the role of Bret Harte in Inventing the West, the role of Galileo in The Starry Messenger, the role of Joseph Priestley in The Air We Share, the role of Alexander Hamilton in Money Man, and co-directed and co-starred in the film ABOLITION: The Friendship of Frederick Douglass and John Brown. He also directed David Maloney in The Great Blight and directed Ed Giles Jr. for Sacramento performance of Friendly Fire. He maintains the Duende website. His film and television credits include Lethal Weapon II, Tough Guys, Max Headroom, Amazing Stories, Quincy, and Archie Bunker’s Place. Maguire also has a strong business and technical background. He holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California. He worked for Ford Motor Company as a research engineer and product planner and for Chevron Research Company as a research engineer group leader.