Before founding Essential Communications, Tom Henschel was a professional actor. One of the first graduates of The Juilliard School's Drama Division, Tom joined his first actor's union at the age of 20. He worked in theatre and television for the next 26 years, performing in over 100 plays and episodes of television. On stage, he worked with such luminaries as Richard Dreyfuss, Vanessa Redgrave, Charlton Heston and Jeffrey Tambor. His two seasons performing classical repertory at the Old Globe in San Diego are among his most treasured theatrical experiences.