Thomas is an actor, cultural artist and educator currently working between Seattle, WA and Brooklyn NY. Most recently, he played Ephraim in the New Federal Theater/ Caribbean American Rep’s production of Moon on a Rainbow Shawl.
Thomas wrote, performed and produced the one person show Quiet Violence of Dreams based on the prophet Nat Turner and his own experiences as a black male in America. In June of 2007, Thomas was part of the Public Theater’s Suzanne Lori-Parks 365 play Festival. He originated the role of Satan #1 in the new play The Surprise Witness, and apologia for Adam and Eve. Thomas performed as a member of the Germany based Nomad International Theater Ensemble in a production of the original work Homage a b.b. (based on the life and works of Bertolt Brecht) in Stuttgart, Germany.
Future projects include a role in a historical narrative film in remembrance of the African Burial Grounds on Wall Street in NYC. The Bridge Project: an intergenerational workshop that will bring the Civil Rights Generation and the Hip-Hop Generation together in a live, multi-media performance.
He is a founding member of Urban Scribes Project, and has served on the Board for Youth Speaks, Seattle. As a cultural activist Erwin has designed and facilitated workshops around the issues of race, Hip-Hop, media literacy, drama, and poetry. Thomas served on the panel for the Seattle’s Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas American Heritage Series: Patriot or Terrorist? Exploring the Legacy of Nat Turner and John Brown.