Dr. Percy Thomas

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(Artistic Director )

Percy W. Thomas has written several plays that focus on the African Americans from the 1800’s to today.  His plays deals with the social, economic, and cultural aspects of life in America for Black people.  He started writing in the early 70’s for the Free Spirit Theater.  His first play, Where the Sidewalks Cracks was written to give his students in an acting workshop an opportunity to perform on stage.  Where the Sidewalk Cracks was produced off Broadway at Richard Allen Center for Culture and Art.  Some of his other plays include: Man On The Mountain, Dividing Line, Jump When You Can, The Last Shall Be First, Sagging Pants, Monica and James Series, The Clock, Great Day In The Morning, Zelma, Harriet Tubman: Defender, Harriet Tubman: Fight for Freedom, The African In Me, and Fire in My Eyes.

 

 

As an actor, Percy began his acting career at the Arena Playhouse in Baltimore, Maryland in Ed Bullins play Clara’s Ole Man.  He studied acting under Sam Wilson and Irvin Turner at the Arena Playhouse.  Later he studied at the Mafundi Institute in Los Angeles under the tutelage of Roger E. Mosley.  While studying at the Mafundi Institute Percy landed a part in the film The River Niger (1976) directed by Krishna Shah starring James Earl Jones, Cicely Tyson, and Louis Gossett, Jr.  He has played roles in the Other Side of Midnight (1977), The Hitter (1979), And Justice for All (1979) and F.I.S.T (1978). He has several industrial films among his credits.  His career in the performing arts spans more than forty years of experience in theater, commercial television and film.  Percy is a member of SAG-AFTRA Union.  He has appeared in more than 40 stage productions. He has played lead roles or principle characters in: In the Wine Time, In New England Winter, Electronic Nigger, Wait Until Dark, Slow Dance on the Killing Ground, No Place to be Somebody, First Breeze of Summer, None to Call Him Father, and Blues for Mr. Charlie (off Broadway). Recently he played the part of “Big Daddy” in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and “Yasser Arafat” in 14 Days in July.  Percy has directed several plays and most recently directed Countdown to the Happy Day, which won 1st place for Best Play and Best Production in the 2013 Baltimore Playwright’s Festival.

 

Percy holds a Doctorate of Science from Johns Hopkins University, Masters from Coppin State University and Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (formerly, Maryland State University).  When he is not following his passion as an actor, writer, and director, through his company MyCareerTarget, LLC, he provides federal, private, and community organizations leadership training and organizational development assistance.