Writer and Producer
Thomas Meloncon is an Associate Professor and Director of Theatre in the College of Liberal Arts and Behavioral Sciences (COLABS) Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Texas Southern University. He is a nationally known Playwright and Poet. Mr. Meloncon earned the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism and the Master of Arts Degree in Communications from Texas Southern University. He is the author of plays that have been produced nationally and internationally and of three published books of poetry—the latest titled Recollections.
Mr. Meloncon has been honored with many awards including Certificates of Congressional Recognition, Certificates of Recognition from The City of Houston, Harris County Precinct One, The Texas State Senate, Excellence in Community Health Education Award from Baylor College of Medicine's Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center, Texas Southern University Dean's Award for Creative Scholarship, A Distinguished Alumnus Award from Texas Southern University's National Alumni Association, The Impact Award for Outstanding Achievement from Texas Southern University's College of Liberal Arts and Behavioral Sciences, The Lifetime Achievement Award from the 74th Annual Conference of The National Association of Dramatic and Speech Arts, The Ensemble Theatre's Heart of the Theatre Award-Salute to Texas Playwrights, The Outstanding Texan Award from The Legislative Black Caucus of the State of Texas in the Field of Entertainment, A Certificate of Congressional Recognition on the Premier of The Man Who Saved New Orleans, A Bronze Medallion from the City of Houston for the Off-Broadway Debut of The Diary of Black Men, The Creative Writing Award from the Houston Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalist, The Community Service Award from the Houston Area women's Center, The Julia C. Hester Trailblazer Award, the 2011 TSU Honors Award recognizing the legacy of Fine Arts at Texas Southern University, the Rutherford B.H. Yates Museum Pioneer Award, Keynote speaker and recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Humanitarian of the Year Award from Jarvis Christian College- Houston Area Alumni Chapter, Recognition Award from the Links-Spring Cypress Chapter, An Achievement Award from Southwest Community Baptist Church, and was inducted into the Kashmere High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame.
Among his canon of plays are The Diary of Black Men, which had two tours in London, England and has toured the U.S for over twenty years, The Drums of Sweetwater, Johnny B. Goode, Where were you in '65, The Man who saved New Orleans, Sarah and Joshua: A Juneteenth Musical, The Laws of Storms, If Beds Could Talk, Christmas with Great Aunt, Four Songs in the Key of Love, Whatever Happened to Black Love, The Colored Section, Restricted Area, Their Berries are Sweeter, Freshmen Orientation The Musical, Memories: Songs of Xmas, Dreams and Decisions, The Marriage Test, Before Time Runs Out, Carlton's Closet, and Jump the Broom. Mr. Meloncon's body of work includes children plays: Nzinga and the Festival of Gifts, The Dream of Doors, The Tree that Grew Human, and Young Mandela; an original Radio Drama Series-The Robeson Family Chronicles, and "EXPRESSIONS" a performing arts and education talk show.
Mr. Meloncon has been a featured Poet on several notable CDs: Bubbha Thomas' CD The Grissle II by Lightin' Records, Poem-Turned Myself into a Drum; and Calvin Owen's CD, Another Concept, by Sawdust Alley Records, Poem-Listen to My Song. In 1974, he recorded 400 Years and Cutback Blues on Judnell Records Label (George Nelson) and others on Folkways Records with Rev. Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick, which are available for listening at www.smithsonianglobalsound.org.