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Native Houstonian and TSU Alumnus Thomas Meloncon is a nationally known playwright and poet. He is also an associate professor of theatre at Texas Southern University and theatre coordinator.
Meloncon began his creative journey as a student at Kashmere High School, performing original poems and folk songs at school talent shows. In the late ‘60s and ‘70s Meloncon used his folk music and poetry to encourage the young and the old to participate in the struggle for civil rights and all issues that would improve quality of life. The Civil Rights Movement of that period had a profound impact on the message and style of his creative works.
Meloncon’s body of work includes a Radio Drama Series, The Robeson Family Chronicles, which aired weekly on KTSU radio 90.9 FM for three years, as well as a performing arts and education program which runs regularly on HCCTV. He was commissioned to write “Sarah and Joshua: A Juneteenth Musical” for Houston’s Miller Outdoor Theater’s Annual Juneteenth Celebration, and has written several children’s plays that have been toured by Express Children’s Theatre.
His other original productions include: “Christmas with Great Aunt”, “Whatever Happened to Black Love”, “Where were You in ‘65?”, “From Africa to Third Ward”, “The Drums of Sweetwater”, “The Laws of Storms”, “Jump the Broom”, “Johnny B. Goode”, “Four Songs in the Key of Love” and many others. He has written educational dramas on a host of social and health topics, and has also written and directed for HISD’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts as Resident Playwright for twelve years.
He is the author of three published books of poetry, including the latest, “Recollections”.