Tommy LeVrier was born and raised in Daisetta, a tiny city in the Piney Woods region of Texas, just on the edge of Big Thicket National Park. Though the oilfield town is probably best known for the worldwide coverage received when it developed a sinkhole large enough to hold the Astrodome, Daisetta actually has long been fertile ground for artists. Besides Tommy, (son of painter Elbert G. LeVrier), it has produced Western author Bill Brett, Hall of Fame racecar writer Philip LeVrier, and actor Blue Deckert (Friday Night Lights TV show) among others.
LeVrier completed a Masters in Playwriting and Directing, at Texas State University. In cooperation with the University of Houston, playwrights Edward Albee and Lanford Wilson produced two of his plays at Stages Repertory Theater: Rapture Among the Oysters, and Phoebe. (It was the first time in 20 years a student was selected three years running for the Albee program.) Another achievement in this vein was being voted a finalist in the Motion Picture Academy administered Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting. The nomination was for his screenplay, Running High and Looking Good.
Tommy, whose plays and stories have been described as akin to writing by Horton Foote, Sam Shepard, and Tennessee Williams, is a former news reporter and journalist. He spent four years at the Houston Chronicle, where among other journalism notices, he received the prestigious Lone Star Award.
Tommy’s play, At Least He Didn’t Die with Antlers on his Head! was produced Off-Broadway in 2013. Among the many testaments to Mr. LeVrier’s writing, was a notice from Edward Albee, who found his work, “…provocative, often deeply disturbing, but leavened with a life-saving if dark sense of humor.”
LeVrier’s plays have been produced in Austin, Houston, San Marcos, Seattle, Los Angeles and New York.