Tony Thompson: Actor, Director, Playwright and Community Activist has been involved in the theatre his entire life and has been a featured actor in more than 60 productions and has over 50 plays to his directing credits. A child of the Civil Rights Era, he was born and nurtured in Greensboro, North Carolina and is a 1971 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He was a founding member of Broadway Director’s Vinnette Carroll Repertory Theatre in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1985 and worked with her in various capacities until the year 2000 where he founded the African-American Children’s Theatre Workshop in 1992. Prior to that he co-founded the Black Renaissance Theatre in 1980 and was director in residence of the Wo/man’s Showcase (which later became the Ann White Theatre and then the White-Willis Theatre) in Fort Lauderdale from 1983 until 1988. He is currently the artistic director of the Metropolitan Diversity Theatre Company in Fort Lauderdale which is dedicated to discovering, nurturing and presenting new theatrical talent. Most recently he has concentrated his energies on telling African-American stories and he has written 9 plays in that effort which include: “Echoes Through the MGM Seasons: Mangos, Guavas & Mullet”, 2011; “Bravely We Sat Down, Fearlessly We Marched!”, 2011; “Fearless: Harry T. Moore”, 2009; “Unto This Hour!”, 2008; “Men Of The Harlem Renaissance”, 2006; “The Middle Passage and Beyond”, 2005; “Just Us: From Bean Pickers To Presidents”, 2003 and “Frederick Douglass: A trumpet For Freedom!”, 2001. His newest play, “Dearest Anna” will be presented at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on April 22nd and 29th, 2017.
Tony has served on many boards and is the recipient of many awards including: ArtServe’s Artist of the Year for Community Impact Award, 2007; JM Family’s African-American Achiever’s Award for Art and Culture, 2006; Broward County Florida Library Division’s Culture Keeper Award, 2004; ArtServe’s Encore Star Award, 2001 and Carbonell Award’s Ruth Foreman Pioneer Award, 2000.