fabian thomas (it’s not a typographical error – he writes his name in lower case) is a theatre practitioner, writer and, through Sankofa Arts and Facilitation, a trainer and communications consultant. He attended Calabar High School.
thomas is a Calabash Writers Workshop Fellow and is published in So Much Things To Say, 100 Calabash Poets. He is currently working on completing his first poetry manuscript, but his work has been published in several anthologies.
In addition to being awarded gold, silver and bronze medals for Poetry in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s 2010 and 2011 National Creative Writing Competition, fabian has also won the 2011 Charlotte & Isidor Paiewonsky Prize from The Caribbean Writer for first time publication, of his poem No One Helped Him, in Volume 24.
As a youth actor, he participated in many Jamaica Music Theatre (JMT) and other productions. In 2002 won an individual award when he claimed the ITI Actor Boy Award for his work in God’s Favourite.
thomas’ directorial expertise was first recognized when he won the ITI Actor Boy Award for Best Revue of 2003 for the critically acclaimed VOICES, which he restaged as part of the Montego Little Theatre Movement’s Two 4 One.
In 2005, he directed and wrote lyrics for Trevor Rhone’s musical edu-drama POSITIVE, commissioned by the Ministry of Health and funded by the World Bank. Thomas directed Prayer Partner in 2006 and in that year also produced and directed night, Mother which garnered four ITI Actor Boy nominations.
GENRE: Poetry, theatrical direction
So Much Things To Say, 100 Calabash Poets (Akashic Books/Calabash International Literary Trust, February 2010)
Other Countries Press’ (NYC) Sojourner (1993)
Gents, Bad Boys & Barbarians (Alyson Books, 1995)
Fighting Words (Harper Collins Publishers, 1999)
Chroma: Foreigners (Issue #3, August 2005)
The Caribbean Writer, Volumes 24 and 25.
SELECTED WORKS AS DIRECTOR
Aston Cooke’s Jamaica Pepperpot and Concubine
Trevor Rhone’s POSITIVE 2005, Barn Theatre, Kingston; 2008, St Vincent and the Grenadines
Marsha Norman’s night, Mother 2006 – The Pantry Playhouse
The Vagina Monologues 2011- Theatre Place, New Kingston
Tapestry 2011 – Theatre Place, New Kingston