Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Owen trained at San Francisco Ballet School, Nashville Ballet and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Owen has performed in San Francisco Ballet’s productions of Possokhov’s Firebird and Don Quixote and Tomassion’s Sleeping Beauty.
In 2007 Thorne was invited to performed in with Houston Ballet’s productions of and while with the company danced in productions including Kylian’s Soldiers Mass, Balanchine’s Symphony In C, van Manen’s Five Tangos, Cranko’s Onegin, Bourneville’s La Sylphide, Hynd’s Merry Widow, Stevenson’s Nutcracker, and Welch’s Marie and Cinderella. He also trained under Marica Dale Weary and Richard Cook at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and trained on merit scholarship at Julliard, Kirov Ballet in Washington DC and Miami City Ballet.
Owen joined Scottish Ballet in 2009 and has danced in Frederick Ashton’s Scenes de Ballet, Forsythe’s Workwithinwork, Krzysztof Pastor’s In Light and Shadow, Ashley Page’s The Nutcracker (Dr Stahlbaum, Mouse King, Russian), Fearful Symmetries, Pennies From Heaven, The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Alice. He has also performed in Jorma Elo’s Kings 2 Ends, Val Caniparoli’s Still Life, Martin Lawrance’s Run For It, Kenneth MacMillan’s Song of the Earth (Fourth Song Lead Boy), Matthew Bourne’s Highland Fling (James), Nancy Meckler and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's A Streetcar Named Desire (Stanley), Christopher Bruce’s Shift, Glen Tetley’s Pierrot Lunaire, Helen Pickett’s Trace and Kenneth MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations.
In 2010 Thorne starred as Tybalt and Lord Capulet in Krzyzstof Pastor’s Romeo & Juliet to rave reviews.
Owen also featured in the BBC documentary on Peter Darrell, “Peter Darrell – Scotland’s Dance Pioneer”, dancing Cheri.
Watch Owen as The Prince from The Sleeping Beauty
Owen's video diary from The Sleeping Beauty tour
.Dance Europe, July 2014 - Owen Thorne's Tybalt chilled the blood. He looks dashing and his dancing is swift and expansive.
US TOUR 2011
Elo's Kings 2 Ends
. LA Times, 15 October 2011 - The two notable couples were Sophie Martin paired with Daniel Davidson and Owen Thorne with Eve Mutso (whose quirky opening solo was another high point).
.Sunday Express, 01 May 2011 – Owen Thorne makes a feast of Jabberwock, the Queen of Hearts’ executioner. Head bizarrely hidden in a net box and wielding an outsize axe, he keeps popping up walking slowly across the stage, somehow hinting at Frankenstein and Albert Pierrepoint, Britain’s last hang man. Young Thorne is clearly a talented lad.
.Northings, 14 December 2010 – Eve Mutso’s stylishly danced (and acted) Stepmother, Owen Thorne’s sad alcoholic father, Kara McLaughlin’s gangling Stepsister and Luke Ahmet’s fawning Equerry deliver nicely judged performances.
ROMEO AND JULIET 2010
.Hi-arts, 18 May 2010 – Capulet, danced with elegant ruthlessness by Owen Thorne, …
.The Stage, 11 May 2010 – The street and party scenes, led by the excellent Owen Thorne and Eve Mutso as the Capulets…
.Ballet.co.uk, May 2010 - Another dancer who has an enormous stage presence is Owen Thorne. He was sensational as Capulet in one performance and Tybalt in another - his brooding, threatening presence was mesmerising to watch.