WELCOMES PHILLIP MICHAEL THOMAS
Hampton, VA - Miami Vice star is artist-in-residence.
Phillip Michael Thomas is the artist -in -residence in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Hampton University.
Thomas became internationally recognized for his five-year starring role in the television series "Miami Vice." Thomas is also an actor of stage and screen, as well as an accomplished singer and writer. Other television credits include starring roles in "Perry Mason", "Starsky & Hutch", "Good Times", "Roots: The Next Generation" the NBC Movie of the Week and "Nash Bridges."
Thomas will teach theatre classes, hold lectures and present seminars during the next two semesters at HU."I love teaching classes here at HU," said Thomas "It is a wonderful experience."
Thomas owns a theatre in Miami where he teaches performing arts. He has had over 15 years of teaching experience at the theatre.
While at HU Thomas plans to help the Department of Fine and Performing Arts improve its curriculum which will help students become better equipped for their work in the arts. "I have started experimenting in my class to better prepare students for their future and I have had some positive feedback from the students," said Thomas. "I tell my students you have to read to lead. It is very important to study the best and the brightest of the business and to put yourself in that category," Thomas said. While at HU Thomas hopes to provide an example for his students to follow. "Kids learn more by the way you teach them than the textbooks," said Thomas.
Thomas co-wrote "Sacha and the Magic Cookie Maker" with Sandi Morais, which was presented by Hampton University's Department of Fine and Performing Arts from Oct. 26-28. "Sacha and the Magic Cookie Maker" was originally a children's jingle that was transformed into a storybook for classes Morais taught in Miami. The storybook later became a play, which was HU's opening theatrical production performed in the Little Theatre of Armstrong Hall.