Jasmine Renée Thomas is from the great state of Texas- born and raised in Houston with her loving, supportive and faithful family (pictured)! Acting and singing in the community since childhood, it was during her time as a member of the Loading Dock Production Company at Lamar High School that she found her passion as a performer. During her senior year alone, she won two Best Actress awards for the Zone and Area UIL competitions as well as a nomination for Best Featured Performer in the coveted Tommy Tunes Awards. Jasmine continued to follow her passion and received her B.A. in Theatre Arts and Communication Studies from the Sarofim School of Fine Arts of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas having spent a summer studying ensemble-based physical theatre with the Rhodipi International Theatre Laboratory in Smolyan, Bulgaria.
Upon graduation, Jasmine began her professional career with Houston’s Ensemble Theatre under the direction of Patdro Harris and Carlton Leake as an understudy for their long running holiday show, the African- American Shakespeare Company’s Cinderella.
While beginning her professional acting career, Jasmine began teaching as a corps member for Teach for America- Houston as an ESL teacher, founding a Newcomer academy for recent immigrants and refugees. Jasmine continued to find acting opportunities- participating as an actress in the first and second annual Fade to Black Festival- founded by the multi-talented Denise O'Neal. F2B is the first and only play-writing festival in Houston to exclusively feature the works of Black playwrights.
After two years of teaching English as a Second Language in Houston and acting on the side, in August 2014, Jasmine moved up to New York City to take the leap into acting full-time.
While in the Big Apple, she completed over 30 projects! Her first televised gig was a lead role in a reenactment series- Animal Planet's Monsters Inside Me Season 5, Episode 8- and she has continued to be blessed with opportunity. In her time in New York, Jasmine took the bull by the horns and starred in off- Broadway musicals, festival performances, straight plays, commercial, short films, voice over work, private singing engagements and television earning the recognition as "hilarious," and "a powerhouse vocalist" by reviewers in NYC as well as her eligibility to join the Screen Actor's Guild.
Now back in Houston, Jasmine continues to perform on stage, devise new works, as well as be a voice actor for I Heart Radio. When not performing, Jasmine works for the Tony award winning Alley Theatre as a manager of arts integration programming in their education department as well as independently as an acting coach and tutor. She loves being able to mix her passions of education and theatre to better serve students in the Houston area and dive deeper into her artform.