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Thomas Smolej (born 24 September 1982 in Villach) is an Austrian actor and director.

Villach Place in Carinthia, Austria

Villach is the seventh-largest city in Austria and the second-largest in the federal state of Carinthia. It represents an important traffic junction for southern Austria and the whole Alpe-Adria region. As of January 2018, the population is 61,887.

Actor person who acts in a dramatic or comic production and works in film, television, theatre, or radio

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Film director occupation of a person who directs a film

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Thomas Smolej grew up in Carinthia, completing high School in 2001 at BORG Klagenfurt with a concentration on music (Piano, Voice) and completed acting degree at the Viennese Examination Board (Paritätische Prüfungskommission Wien). Alongside his civil service in a retirement home he studied voice with Ronald Pries at the Klagenfurt Conservatory. Since 2002 Thomas Smolej has been living in Vienna. After moving there he took private acting lessons with Erhard Pauer and Isabel Weicken, as well as voice with Christian Koch und Jack Poppell and had speech training with Biggi Weidinger. Since then he has worked as a freelance actor in stage productions, doing voiceovers for radio and TV, and as an acting coach and lecturer for speech technique (“Introduction to Theoretical and Practical Speech Technique”, „Einführung in die theoretische und praktische Sprechtechnik“) at the Theater Film and Media department of the University of Vienna. Since 2005 Thomas Smolej has been a member of the permanent ensemble of Kabarett Simpl, has worked as a director, and has been on the Jury of the Examination Board for Equal Representation in the Stage Profession (Paritätischen Prüfungskommission für den Bühnenberuf) since 2012.

Klagenfurt Place in Carinthia, Austria

Klagenfurt am Wörthersee is the capital of the federal state of Carinthia in Austria. With a population of 100,772, it is the sixth-largest city in the country. The city is the bishop's seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gurk-Klagenfurt and home to the University of Klagenfurt.

Vienna Capital city and state in Austria

Vienna is the federal capital and largest city of Austria, and one of the nine states of Austria. Vienna is Austria's primate city, with a population of about 1.9 million, and its cultural, economic, and political centre. It is the 7th-largest city by population within city limits in the European Union. Until the beginning of the 20th century, it was the largest German-speaking city in the world, and before the splitting of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in World War I, the city had 2 million inhabitants. Today, it has the second largest number of German speakers after Berlin. Vienna is host to many major international organizations, including the United Nations and OPEC. The city is located in the eastern part of Austria and is close to the borders of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. These regions work together in a European Centrope border region. Along with nearby Bratislava, Vienna forms a metropolitan region with 3 million inhabitants. In 2001, the city centre was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In July 2017 it was moved to the list of World Heritage in Danger.

University of Vienna public university located in Vienna, Austria

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