Beatrice Thomas

2020 YBCA 100 Honoree

Beatrice Thomas is a multi-disciplinary artist, creative producer and equity, diversity and inclusion consultant. They have served as Program Officer for San Francisco’s Cultural Equity Grants program; Program Manager for First Night Austin, an interdisciplinary, urban, arts festival; and Chair of the Austin Art and Public Places Panel. They re-imagined AIRSpace, one of the Bay Area’s longest running queer arts residencies, as a leadership residency for queer and trans artists of color with SAFEhouse Arts. Creatively, Thomas is the artistic lead for Black Benatar’s Black Magic Cabaret. This ensemble sideshow roasts allyship using comedy, magic, and drag. Additionally, Thomas is a member of the national Drag Queen Story Hour steering committee that facilitates drag queens reading gender and culture inclusive books to children at public libraries. Thomas is committed to facilitating exceptional art from diverse communities onto national platforms and into meaningful public experience. Beatrice is an inaugural Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) Leadership Fellow (LFP), a 2019 APAP/NYC Conference co-chair and recipient of the 2020 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellowship.