Francis Thumm composes original music for numerous theaters in San Diego, and is currently, writing a musical about the border, titled Tijuana Burlesque. He received a Dramalogue award for his acting role as "Tiresias" in the San Diego Rep’s production of The Whole World is Watching. While attending SDSU, Thumm discovered the unique instruments and music of American composer Harry Partch, and toured with the Partch Ensemble. Later he worked as a music director and arranger on several albums by the Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Tom Waits. He also taught music for San Diego City Schools, and has written music columns and reviews for The San Diego Union-Tribune, The Reader, and La Jolla Light.