Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company is proud to present “52 Weeks of Women,” which will complement True Colors’ 17th season: She Griots. In his first year as Artistic Director at True Colors, Jamil Jude curated this season to uplift Black women, who are among the most historically underrepresented faces in regional theatre, both on and off the stage.
With this year-long celebration, we will recognize a different “shero” on our website and on social media, sharing their stories and honoring their impact in the community. Each Friday, a new honoree will be featured.
Week 1 // Nikki Toombs
Director of Education, Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company; Assistant Director, East Texas Hot Links
Nikki Toombs, actress, director, playwright, commissioner and True Color’s very own Director of Education, has had significant success in both the educational and professional theatre worlds. As an arts educator, Toombs has created programming for True Colors (Act like a Lady and Page to the Stage), for East Metro Health (S.T.A.R. Arts Camps) and for the Fred and Mattie Foundation (D.I.M.E. by Design). As an Artist, she has directed over 40 productions and written four stage plays (Normal, B.L.A.C.K., Twisted Colors and Parallel) which garnered her theatre program both sub-regional and regional championship wins.
Toombs’ unrelenting commitment to providing quality instruction to her students warranted her Teacher of the Year honors in both the Birmingham City (Huffman Speech Arts Division) and Gwinnett County Public School (Meadowcreek High School) systems. Professionally, her plays, Hallways and Lemons were both produced at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center and the 14th Street Playhouse. Her newest work, B.L.A.C.K. had a staged reading at True Colors Theatre Company
In September 2017, Toombs was appointed Arts Commissioner for the city of Snellville, tasked with bringing artistic programming to the citizens of this Gwinnett County, Georgia suburb. She was also selected nationally, as one of 12 teaching artists for the National Endowment of the Arts and Educational Theatre Association’s Model Curriculum Framework. Toombs has been commissioned to conduct acting workshops and seminars throughout the country.
She is a graduate of Alabama A&M University and received a master’s in Arts Intergraded Curriculum from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Some of Toombs’ professional affiliations include: The Playwrights’ Center, International Literacy Association, Reading Recovery Council of North America, Southeastern Theatre Conference, Educational Theatre Association, and Sigma Alpha Iota Professional Musical Fraternity for Women (Charter member Theta Zeta).
We invite members of the True Colors family to send your recommendations for featured women! Please include your nominee’s name, e-mail address and a brief note on why you’d like us to feature your nominee. Email your nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org.