Alicia Thompson is an international thespian and playwright who hails from the “land of wood and water” know as Jamaica. She is the creative force behind Artistry is Ministry, where Alicia uses theatrical arts to educate by sharing stories, inspire and spark dialogue. Alicia is known for her improvisational performances, folklore and one woman shows.
Her love for the performing arts began at an early age when she performed in school and church plays. Some of Alicia’s earliest influences are actresses Madge Sinclair and Cheryl Lee Ralph, and also folklorist/poet Louise Bennett. She was known as little actress or little “Miss Lou” [Louise Bennett] who was an iconic Jamaican poet, folklorist, writer, and educator. Miss Lou worked to preserve the practice of presenting poetry, folk songs and stories in “patois” [Jamaican dialect] to discuss everyday life and social issues. At age twelve Alicia performed at a drama festival with her school in Montego Bay and was awarded a four year scholarship to attend the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts for four summers.
In 2016 Alicia created, staged and directed a one women show entitled "I Am My Hair" the show was a hit dealing with issues of self-image and acceptance of authentic beauty. Some of her performances were at Yale University for the Bridgeport GEAR UP students and their parents, the Secret Theatre Solo Show Festival in New York, Resilient Women Empowerment Conference, Project Resiliency Women in the Arts, the Black Doll Affair, the InterACTion Symposium at Housatonic Community College, Stratford Partnership Coalition Freshman Forum, Martin Luther King, Jr Sit-In 2017, Flag Raising Ceremony for Jamaica’s 55th Independence Celebration at City Hall Annex in Bridgeport.
Visit her website artistryisministry.com to view some her projects which includes a featured film entitled "Tobacco Burn" which has won over 16 film festival awards.