Makeda Thomas is an artistic director, choreographer, dancer, writer and curator. Described as belonging to that new breed of contemporary artists, ‘the postmodern African Diasporan dancer-scholar whose work goes beyond stereotype and the market appetite for clichés regarding the black dancing body’, Thomas has created several works through cross-disciplinary collaboration with artists around the world.
Her choreography, films and site-specific work has been presented internationally at HARLEM Stage/Aaron Davis Hall, Teatro Africa (Mozambique), The Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York Live Arts, the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, CCA7 (Trinidad & Tobago) and Teatro de la Ciudad (Mexico), with awards and commissions from Creative Capital, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation,and 651 ARTS Black Dance: Tradition & Transformation; among others. Thomas is the Founding Director of the Trinidad-based Dance & Performance Institute. As a dancer, Makeda Thomas performed internationally in the companies of Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, URBAN BUSH WOMEN, and Rennie Harris/ Puremovement. She holds an MFA in Dance from Hollins University and continues to create and perform internationally, while living in New York City and Port of Spain.