History

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Clarice LaVerne Thompson

Clarice_BioClarice LaVerne Thompson is the founder and artistic director of the RPM Voices of Rhode Island. Dr. Thompson, musicologist; is a multi AUDELCO award winning composer and musical director. Her award winning musicals include, Song of Sheba, Crescent Tales, and Ophelia’s Cotillion, books by playwright Elmo Terry-Morgan. Other Thompson musicals are: with Terry-Morgan — Hot Comb, Profiles and Shadows, and Heart to Heart; with playwright Lydia Diamond — Harriet Jacobs and with Lola Loui — The Children’s Legacy. Her Bachelor of Arts in Music was conferred at Historically Black College, Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee. Thompson received her Master of Music in music composition and her Doctor of Arts in music history both from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi.

Dr. Thompson serves as minister of music and choir director at Bethel AME Church and gospel choir director at Beneficent Congregational Church both in Providence, Rhode Island. She has been a consultant for Providence Public School Department’s music curriculum; music director on productions at the Boston Center for the Arts, Company One Theatre (Boston, MA); Central Square’s, Underground Railway Theatre (Cambridge, MA); the National Black Theatre (New York, NY); Mixed Magic Theatre (Pawtucket, RI); and from 2002-2009 while an adjunct professor at Brown University, was resident Music Director at Rites and Reason Theatre (Providence, RI). She returns to Rites and Reason Theatre as music director for the 2013-2014 academic year. Dr. Thompson has toured the United States, Europe and Japan as entertainer, music director and composer.