We had the good fortune of connecting with Charlie T Thomas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Charlie T, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
Oh that’s a tough question. Part of me always wants to give up, in some way. I guess that’s the nature of doing big things in life–there’s usually a shred of doubt, a panging voice, something. At least in my experience. It’s hard work, and a part of you wants to take the easy way. You know, to find something that’s less taxing, less risky. I have a phrase that I use in my personal life. “Do what you can, right where you are”. Basically, there’s always something to do to improve yourself and the world around you. I apply that to my art as well. There’s always something to do. Someone who’s life is going to be better by hearing/seeing a story. Someone who will grow from opening them to a new experience. Someone you could always be connecting with through your work and experiences. This world is large and vast, and filled with people and perspectives. One person, one theater, one city–it’s impossible them to collect them all. So I tell myself, “There’s still something I can do to help”. I’ll quit when that stops being true.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Remedy Theatre Project is simply an artistic endeavor to meet needs where we see them. The current ongoing project, #6ftShakes, is a perfect example of this. There was this consistent cry for the need to do work from Atlanta artists, and we simply provided a vehicle in which people could perform safely. Our initial project, Twelfth Night, raised money for the Mental Health Association of GA. We hopefully will do many, many more projects like this in the future.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite spot has always been (and always will be) Little Five Points. You want a burger? Some international food? Maybe a good beer and some cool music? Everything is right there, and within walking distance of each other. It’s my place for a entertaining afternoon that never stops. The Porter Bar has the best Mac and Cheese! I can catch an electric soccer game at Brewhouse! Or I can just get lost in Criminal Records, especially on a rainy day. And 7 stages will have some of the most interesting theater you’ll find in Atlanta.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to credit B.L.A.C.T., an organization for Black artists in the city. Since the moment Covid started, they were so proactive about making sure the followers were taken care of. Constant support. We would get posts and emails about job offerings, ways to stay safe and healthy, medical advice and help, etc. They spearheaded the march for artists earlier this year. The people associated with B.L.A.C.T. never fail to impress me
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