Alicia Thompson is an international thespian and writer who hails from the “land of wood and water” know as Jamaica. She is the founder of (AIM) Artistry is Ministry which provides edification through theatre. Alicia uses theatrical arts and workshops to uplift and inspire youth, especially girls and young women to help deal with issues such as self-image and self-worth. In a society where the standard of beauty is superficial and modesty is not often celebrated, she is determined to use AIM as an initiative to help change the negative impact.
Alicia's love for performing arts began at an early age when she performed in school and church plays. Some of her earliest influences are actresses Madge Sinclair, Cheryl Lee Ralph, and the iconic Jamaican poet, folklorist and writer Louise Bennett who 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.
She went on to graduate from the University of Bridgeport with a B.A. in Business Management, and is an alumni of both the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI), and Parent Supporting Excellence in Education (SEE). She is a recipient of the Bridgeport Parent Leadership Award and is a member of the SquareWright Playwrights. She also has a background in strategic planning, events and stage management.
Alicia created, staged and directed a few one woman shows such as "I Am My Hair" which deals with issues of self-image and acceptance of authentic beauty and another entitled “I Salute You Good Men” that explore the good man theory and showing appreciation. Some of Alicia’s performances were presented 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 Youth and Families Freshman Forum, Bridgeport Girls Rock Awards, Connecticut and Massachusetts Caribbean Cultural Celebration and other events.
Alicia looks forward to continue using theatrical arts as a pathway to self-realization.