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REJOTI was started in 1983 by Veona and Reggie Thomas. The name is derived from the names of my family members (Reggie, John (is now deceased) and Timothy). It also stands for Righteousness, Equality, Justice, Optimism, Tolerance and Independence. We are a theatre company with a publishing arm.
REJOTI is run by well known playwright/director and storyteller Veona Thomas. To read Veona's bio please see below.
Is the Artistic and Executive Director of REJOTI Traveling Theatre Productions and has been for more than thirty years. She produces theatre at St. Paul’s Church in Teaneck, NJ, and others produce her plays at requested venues throughout the country. She has written dozens of plays, stories, articles and directed countless plays for others.
Ms. Thomas is an acting coach, lecturer and a storyteller. She is best known for her hit play "Nzinga's Children," which has played to sold-out audiences in New York City, University of Massachusetts and other parts of the United States. She is the author of the hit play, “The Diva and the Rapper,” for which there was a full featured magazine article done. Her plays have been produced in California, Michigan, New York, New Jersey etc.. Other outstanding works include the plays: "A Watch On Martin Luther King, Jr." "Heaven Sent" and her 2006 book for the young at heart, “A Special Sound of Freedom.”
The playwright is a member of The Uptown Playwrights, Harlem Arts Alliance, The Frank Silvera Writer’s Workshop, AUDELCO, New Jersey Storytellers Guild and the African Folk Heritage Circle. She is co-founder of “Steeped In Stories,” storytelling group. New Heritage Theatre produced a reading of her sequel play, “Return of the Diva and the Rapper,” at the Museum for the City of New York. She recently read from her book and did a Craetive Writing Workshop at the Bronx Museum of the Arts.
Ms. Thomas is the creator and founder of the Golden Circle Theatre Workshop and Theatre Company, for mature adults over age 50.
A storyteller of African-American and inspirational folktales, she performs in the schools, libraries and churches. Ms. Thomas uses “call and response,” song, puppets, instruments and other visuals for her audiences aged 5 years old to 100. Recent storytelling sessions were conducted at the Puffin Foundation – Teaneck, in 5 branches of Newark Public Libraries, Berkely School in Westwood. The Environmental Center for Bergen County and many other schools and facilities.
Recently awarded: The Cultural Awareness Award by the National Assoc. of Business & Professional Women, she is also winner of the AUDELCO Board of Directory, winner of the NAACP board, twice a winner of the Puffin Award, Grandmother Winifred Award, Jacob Hammer Memorial Award in Playwriting, Ms. Thomas graduated Magna Cum Laude from Lehman College, in NYC, with a degree in Black studies and minor studies in Theatre and Education.
Ms. Thomas says, “All praise is due to God, the Supreme Being, for all the blessings in my life. Thanks to my family and friends for their support.”
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