Dr. Percy Thomas

As the Artistic Director of the Heralds of Hope Theater Company, Dr. Thomas spends his time teaching, writing, acting and producing plays.

Percy Thomas 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's 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 thirty years of experience in theater, commercial television and film. Percy 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.

In 1973, his love of theater led him to establish the Free Spirit Theater in Baltimore, Maryland where he was involved in teaching acting workshops in an urban environment. He has a particular interest in providing opportunities for inner city youth to learn the craft of acting and to participate in the performing arts.

Percy was born in Newport News, Virginia, but spent most of his developmental years in Baltimore. He has a Doctor of Science degree in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University, Master of Education in Special Education from Coppin State University, Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and Certificate from Harvard in Education Administration. He has also held faculty appointments at Coppin State University, Johns Hopkins University, Morgan State University, and Sojourner-Douglass College.