Garland Lee Thompson, Jr.
Garland Lee Thompson Jr.. Poet, Actor, Playwright, Producer, Filmmaker, Model, Stage Designer, former stagehand, and an occasional teacher born to a father whose life was dedicated to the Theatre. He grew up in the Theatre, first on one coast (west), then the other (east), surrounded by mad, creative people from photographers, filmmakers, and poets to actors, playwrights, painters, sculptors, writers, musicians and composers. There was even a scientist or two, and at least three certified geniuses. Many were famous, many were destined to become famous, and each left their mark on him in their own indelible way. So much so, that for Garland, going down the artistic road, one way or another, was the only rational thing to do. In addition to writing, acting, teaching and making movies he co-founded the Rubber Chicken Open Mic and Poetry Slam 14 years ago, which he still hosts at East Village Coffee Lounge in Monterey, CA. Every month or so he travels back to Brooklyn where in 2014 he took over running his father’s Frank Silvera Writers Workshop, which he started with actor and producer Morgan Freeman in 1973. The slam develops poets and performers on the west coast, and the workshop develops new plays and playwrights on the east coast.