Getting to Know Imani Thomas - Dallas Theater Center
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Getting to Know Imani Thomas

Tell us about what you do as Digital Media Manager.

I manage all of our social media efforts—including campaigns, strategy, content creation, etc. I also manage all of our influencer efforts with different companies and individuals. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok, and Spotify. Follow us and give us a like 🙂

What’s your favorite social media platform and why?

As a marketer, Instagram, simply because there’s so much you can do on it. Granted, it’s because they steal everything from other platforms but that just means the possibilities are literally endless!

As a user, my favorite platform is Twitter. Everyone’s a little unhinged and that’s always a big draw for me. It’s also really easy to be anonymous.

My favorite platform of all time was Phhhoto (RIP). It was a really creative GIF-sharing social network. It allowed its users to capture GIFs and included prompts, effects, and sounds. Despite having 10 million users, the community felt really close-knit and personal. The “next big thing” that your friends and family (and brands) weren’t onto yet. It felt super “underground” and was the main medium for my college angst.

What is your favorite Dallas Theater Center production and why?

I really wish I had gotten to see Fly By Night. In spirit, that’s my favorite show.

For shows I’ve seen, Little Women! Somehow I had gone my entire life without seeing (or hearing of) the Louisa May Alcott classic, but it couldn’t have entered my life at a better time. I remember leaving the theatre with my friend and having an hour-long conversation in my car about gender, orientation, and where each character would be if they were born today and not in the 19th century. I’m still having conversations about this show!

You just wrapped teaching your summer classes. How do you like teaching?

I loved teaching. We’ve all been cooped up in quarantine and it was nice to break out of our everyday routines and connect with others—especially over shared interests. In both of my classes (Intro to Media Arts & Podcast Production), we learned about storytelling and it was really interesting to see how the students developed their creative voices. They’re all so well-versed in creating and technology, the lessons felt more conversational. You’re already making films and video content, here’s how to write & format your scripts, here are some standard shots you can use & what they mean, here’s what this piece of equipment is & where to get it, here’s how to edit & what different software is available to you, etc. We listened to podcasts, talked Harry Potter houses, and learned more about the processes of making some of our favorite shows and movies. We just got together every day and geeked out. The kids really bonded with each other as well. I think in both of my classes they went on to add each other on social media and start chaotic Discord servers together.

Can you tell us a favorite story/experience while teaching?

I had a student that would start doing TikTok dances at random. She would be really engaged one second then I’d look away and look back and she’d be renegading. I miss her most.

Have you discovered a new hobby, TV show, book, movie, or other entertainment while spending this extra time at home?

I’ve started/continued the beautiful hobby of online shopping. My apartment feels like the entertainment section at Target. I bought a PS4 which is cool (subjective) and am currently stumped on a level of Spider-Man. I love video games but I’m terrible at them. You will often find me playing on Very Easy and overstaying my welcome on my friends’ Animal Crossing islands.

I’ve also gotten really into BTS. After years of dipping my toe in, I’ve finally cannonballed into Kpopism. Thoughts and prayers for my bank account.

As for movies and TV shows, I highly recommend Lovecraft Country, The Old Guard, Dark, Host (Shudder), Avatar: the Last Airbender, She-Ra & the Princesses of Power, and the Twilight saga.

If you could be a superhero, who would you be and why?

Definitely Matilda. Jk. This is such a hard question. I would love to be Static cause he’s so cool or in the Shazam Family or be a Power Ranger or a Ninja Turtle—have powers but also get to fight monsters & crime with your friends. But I also feel like if I had powers, I’d be a speedster. They’re chaotic tricksters which is my M.O. So Flash, Quicksilver, Dash from the Incredibles. I’d probably be Quicksilver (but Evan Peters’ Quicksilver, no offense to Aaron Taylor-Johnson because Kick-A** is one of my favorite movies).

Do you have any advice for people who don’t want to go onstage, but would like to be involved in the theater?

Oh all the fun is off-stage. There’s carpentry, electrics, audio, stage management, pit orchestra, videographers, development, marketing 🙂 Get involved with your school’s theater program and try to get an internship at a local company. You’ll learn a lot of great skills, meet cool people, and get to really see all the different jobs that make theater happen! Also don’t be afraid to email people whose positions you’re curious about. We don’t bite and we’d love to talk to you!

Okay… maybe our Electrics Department bites…

Is there anything I haven’t asked you about that you like to talk about?

I get asked this a lot so I will say it here. I am not the entire marketing team. I am an arm in the Voltron machine that is Dallas Theater Center Marketing. Please refer to our Contact Us page to see all the other incredible people I work with!