a creative mind providing inspiration to the insiders and escape to the outsiders
Trained at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Thomas's experience includes stage shows, corporate entertainment, radio, film and a variety of musical acts. He has performed leading roles in stage shows such as The Secret Garden (Archibald Craven), The Phantom of the Opera (The Phantom Alternate/Raoul Cover), Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (Melvin P. Thorpe), Grease (Kenickie), The Pirates of Penzance (The Pirate King) and RENT (Roger Davis).
Born in England and raised in Australia, Thomas has performed and hosted at events including the Queensland Tourism Awards, Queensland Pops Orchestra: On Broadway alongside Rhonda Burchmore, Queensland Pops Orchestra: Side By Side alongside Silvie Paladino (Les Miserables, Mamma Mia), Relay for Life, Wishlist Spring Carnival, Sails Festival, Scarborough Sounds, Jetty Fiesta and QLD MEA Awards.
Armstrong-Robley is an award winning director with directorial credits including Into the Woods, Cinderella the Pantomime, Grease, The Pirates of Penzance, The Wizard of Oz, You're Next and Like A Metaphor which earned over twenty awards on the 2015/16 Queensland Drama Festival circuit including a nod for best director. In early 2016 Thomas led a cast of twelve under 18's to the USA competing in the iTheatrics Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta, GA where his team; the sole representatives of Australia earned three major awards for their performances in the annual festival.
Thomas is a passionate theatre-maker and has had successful seasons of his cabarets including Cirque De La Opera, Love Train, Music of the Night, Love, Loss & Luxury and Valentines with the King of Swing. In his final year of study, Thomas completed an east coast tour of Elegies for Angels, Punks & Raging Queens, performed the starring role of John Bender in The Breakfast Club and directed Jesus Christ Superstar starring X Factor winner Altiyan Childs and The Voice grand finalist Frank Lakoudis. He would follow this up with projects including Flaws & All (Adelaide Fringe Festival), Peppa Pig Playdate (Lifelike Touring) and The Wizard of Oz (The Events Centre). Thomas would then leave Australia and move to Europe where he appeared over 200 times as lead vocalist for The Jersey Tones: a live tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
In late 2017, Thomas would take his talents to the high seas joining the luxurious SS Silver Shadow (RCCL) and sailing through Australia, New Zealand, Asia, North America and Canada as part of the Voices of Silversea. Following his introduction to cruising, he would further develop his latest concept Live At Frankie's: The Songs of Valli & Sinatra and complete a contract aboard the SS Silver Muse, this time as both principal vocalist and production manager. In addition to his performances, he would also license his shows Love Train and Cirque De La Opera for performances at the Broadbeach New Years Eve, Adelaide Fringe Festival and Links Hope Island.
As 2019 began, he returned to Australia for a limited number of concert engagements, his first hometown performances in over 2 years. This tour began with a season of Live at Frankie's presented by Moreton Bay Theatre Co. which earned rave reviews before producing an intimate solo concert entitled Bublé, Broadway & Beyond. This special one show only engagement was performed at the Redcliffe Entertainment Centre where Thomas began his career. He would go onto host large events for Moreton Bay Industry & Tourism and release his debut album A Song For You: Live In Concert. Thomas completed this chapter with his show-stealing portrayal of the "wild eyed & dangerous" St. Jimmy in Green Day's American Idiot.
In late 2019, Thomas completed a series of performances in the Mediterranean and worked alongside Impossible Things Entertainment on numerous events throughout the United Kingdom. He teamed with Blackburn International Agency to bring his cabaret shows & concerts to major cruise lines worldwide. Since teaming with Blackburn, he has performed headline shows for companies including Princess, Viking, Fred Olsen and Norwegian Cruise Lines.
During the COVID19 Pandemic of 2020, he partnered with aONE Media Group to produce a weekly podcast, Thomas Armstrong-Robley's Midnight Rodeo which features interviews with prolific creatives from the arts industry including Broadway & West End Performers, Emmy Nominated Filmmakers, ARIA Award Winning Musicians, Broadcasters, Authors, Producers, Agents, Comedians and more.
Whether it be belting out a Broadway show-tune, crooning a smooth standard or telling a humorous anecdote that will have the audience in stitches, his performances are heartfelt, humorous, focussed on unparalleled audience engagement and are keeping timeless music alive all over the world.