Norma J. Thomas
Transformative Arts Experience Designer
… writer, producer, director, composer
… arts educator & arts entrepreneur, performing artist
… designer of artistic experiences that enlighten, inform, and entertain
Author of The Smell of Garlic on Sunday and Bibi’s Girls: Early Years Collection, a collection of 3 children’s stories, screenwriting finalist in the Hollywood Black Film Festival screenwriting contest and winning playwright in the Texas Educational Theatre Association PlayFest, there is no artistic stone that Norma T leaves unturned. She has transformed the least likeliest of places into live theatres, from gymnasiums, to living rooms and car ports. She has mounted award-winning and acclaimed productions from educational theatre, film and theatre festivals, to professional road-houses. A few of her most recent original works include, live stage productions, Personifications (adapted from the book, The Smell of Garlic on Sunday), Lest We Forget, An Urban Christmas Tale, The Wizard of Swag, All Wrapped Up, and Church Ladies; the latter three included her own original music compositions as well. Music video, Do Something, and Harvest Moon, a short film, have been Norma’s calling cards of video and film production.
A veteran, certified Texas educator, Norma has developed Arts programming and teaching methodologies in and outside the public school classroom. She has established educational and arts organizations, and provided artistic services to the community through churches, organizations, groups, and institutions. A performing artist of stage, film, and broadcast media, Norma co-founded NT Studios & Conservatory, a performing & visual arts create space in the historic, northwest Houston community of Acres Homes.
She is designer and facilitator of The Get in; Get out! Transformative Experience which guides participants through a 7step process of learning the language of feelings, understanding what they’ve come to say: Get in your deepest feelings; get out with a divine message. She is co-creator and facilitator of the Dreamers & Weavers Round -table, sharing the do’s, don’ts, ups and downs of how to co-author your dream, because no man is an island, and she presents, among other topics, Shelf to Stage, a workshop on adapting books/stories to stage plays.
Every production, every presentation, every workshop, every class has but one purpose, one goal: to creatively encourage and inspire growth, change, personal advancement, and transformation.