Based in the United States
I come to Equitech Futures from an arts background, with a passion for bringing community engagement, collaboration, and connection amongst innovative, creative people from around the world. I am passionate about incorporating life skills from the performing arts in applied settings, including with incarcerated youth, youth in the foster care system, adults at corporate organizations, technologists, and scientists. I am particularly interested in the intersection between the arts, sciences, faith, spirituality, social justice, and diversity.
Beyond Equitech Futures, I am a voiceover artist, having won an Emmy Award for narrating a program promotion for a documentary series about Muhammad Ali on the American network PBS. I also record voiceover work for commercials, narrations, animation, and audiobooks. I am an actor, a teaching artist, and an arts advocate with a B.A. in acting and a minor in voiceover from Columbia College Chicago. I perform professionally with First Stage Children’s Theater, Filament Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, African American Children’s Theatre, and Compass Creative Dramatics. I taught theater professionally with Chicago Children’s Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Northlight Theatre, Storycatchers Theatre, Collaboraction, and Columbia College Chicago.
I have spoken on several arts advocacy panels, including the Education Pre-Conference for the Theatre Communications Group conference in 2019. Some of my favorite mediums include theater for social justice, animation, mixed race theater, and immersive theater. In my spare time, you can find me at dance class, sitting by the water, having deep conversations about faith and spirituality, or traveling the world! For more of my personal, artistic work, you can visit: abbythompson.org