Renovating Thomas Auditorium will be an extensive undertaking that requires community collaboration in funding. Staff estimate it may take two to four years to secure financing.
Goal of this initiative is to attract national touring acts as well as strengthen local businesses and the economy in general. Community members can take part in a survey designed to help guide the design process.
Early Life and Education
Thomas was raised in a family that prioritized education and empowerment, attending public schools including Shaw Junior High School in Washington, DC for her education and arts programs and enrichment activities. These experiences inspired Thomas.
Early in her career, she displayed her work at the Barnett-Aden Gallery – the first Black-owned gallery in Chicago – where it garnered critical acclaim and prominent collectors sought out her paintings.
The Thomas Theatre was OSF’s third theater space. With its flexible ceiling design, the space could be converted to any size auditorium; guest lectures, teleconferences and student assemblies took place here regularly. Furthermore, its versatile nature served to extend OSF’s Black Swan tradition – in which different styles of theatre created provocative dialogue with classic repertory produced at Allen Elizabethan and Angus Bowmer Theatres.
Thomas has become one of the premier NBA commentators. He has worked alongside Bob Costas as play-by-play announcer, in the studio with Doug Collins and has done commentary work for NFL and NCAA games as well.
The elegant auditorium provides the ideal setting for hosting theatre and music performances of professional quality, featuring a large stage, programmable lighting systems and an exceptional sound system.
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Achievement and Honors
The Thomas Auditorium is home to some of the most acclaimed events, such as concerts, plays and lectures. With seating capacity for 430 guests and equipped with excellent sound systems and theatrical lighting designed by Caudill, Rowlett and Scott Architecture Firm. Furthermore, its flexible ceiling allows for different configurations while manipulating its acoustics.
The Honors College curriculum allows students to experience university life at an accelerated rate, helping them grow academically, culturally and socially while building skills they will use throughout their careers.
Chowan University Registrar Richard Todd gave an inspiring speech about adapting and overcoming obstacles during an induction ceremony for Honors College Student Association members, followed by Gracie Ross and Abbie Sutton’s delivery of Honors College Student Association Pledge and Kashara Simpson’s presentation of inductees as HCSA Co-Chair.
Thomas regularly performs with some of the world’s premier orchestras and opera companies. This season he conducted his own opera The Exterminating Angel for Los Angeles and San Francisco Philharmonics; Gerald Barry’s Alice’s Adventures Under Ground at London and Los Angeles Philharmonics; as well as premiering his new ballet work ‘The Dante Project’ with Royal Concertgebouworkest.
At USAA branches across the country, he regularly supports military members by visiting them and lending a helping hand when possible. “They need our support, and I am delighted to do whatever I can for them,” said this longtime supporter of military service members.
Thomas has long been recognized for his ability to depict three-dimensional, complex men without falling into stereotypes, which may explain his success at playing John-Boy Walton on The Waltons – a Depression-era family drama broadcast on television.
The Thomas Auditorium provides an elegant setting for drama and music events. Equipped with an excellent sound system and programmable lighting system to support professional productions of the highest caliber, its seating capacity of 430 is sure to meet any demand for performance!
He is best-known as one of the actors featured on CBS show Criminal Minds for eleven seasons spanning 256 episodes and also in 119 episodes of Dharma and Greg.
His net worth stands at an estimated $5 Million. Rossif, Angus, and Roeg are his stepchildren from his father’s second marriage.